Monthly Archives: September 2013

Condemnation of the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya and Peshawar


Condemnation of the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya and Peshawar

For Immediate Release September 23, 2013

American Muslim Peace Initiative is saddened by the recent tragic and horrific loss of life in Peshawar Pakistan and Nairobi Kenya.

In Peshawar, terrorists killed over 85 Christian worshippers this past Sunday.  A cowardly act that targeted men, women and children simply because of their faith.  American Muslim Peace Initiative mourns with the rest of the world for such a tragic loss of life.

In Nairobi, terrorists shot and killed over 60 men, women and children in yet another cowardly act at the Westgate mall.  The details of this event are still unfolding but the brutal nature of the crime is horrific and the loss of life tragic.

American Muslim Peace Initiative condemns these brutal acts of terrorism.  We offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured.

For more information please contact:
Saud Anwar, Co-Chair
Atif Quraishi, Executive Director

CT peace groups have called for a rally in Hartford to call on Congress to reject an attack on Syria

CT peace groups have called for a rally in Hartford to call on Congress to reject an attack on Syria
Friday, September 6
3-6 p.m.
 Old State House, Hartford   (in back facing highway)
We will meet on the sidewalk in an area in view of the offices of Senators Murphy and Blumenthal.  The formal address is 90 State House Square.   (GPS—  1 Market Street)   Best parking garage at 35 Market St, next to Sovereign Bank across the street from One Constitution Plaza or come very early and find street parking.
No More War
Congress  Vote “No” on Military Action
Sponsoring groups and individuals:
CT United for Peace
American Muslim Peace Initiative
Middle East Crisis Committee
CT Citizens for Peace& Justice
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice
Manchester Citizens for Peace & Justice
Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba
Veterans for Peace – Chapter 42
Capitalism vs. the Climate
Debating Taboos Collective, Yale University
Briann Greenfield, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, member of CCSU Profs4Progress
CT Green Party 
Syed Raza, Members of Jafaria Association of Connecticut and Past President of Pakistani American Association of CT (PAACT)
Dave Ionno
Veterans for Peace and Viet Nam Veterans against War

In unison with many organizations and peaceful voices, AMPI issues press release expressing opposition to military action in Syria


For Immediate Release September 3, 2013

American Muslim Peace Initiative stands with the many peaceful voices and organizations that are in disagreement with the Obama Administration’s insistence on military action in Syria.

There can be no disagreement however, when it comes to recognizing the tragic humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding in Syria for more than two years and finding ways to end the human suffering – the real cost of war.  Debating over which side to pick in the Syrian civil war and neglecting this influx of refugees that is threatening the economic stability of regions surrounding Syria is a mistake.  The real debate needs to be aimed at bringing an end to this civil war peacefully and returning the Syrians back to their homes safely.  According to the UN Refugee Agency 5 million Syrians are displaced with over 2 million of them refugees.  Of those 2 million, 1 million are children aged under 17.

Andrew Harper, Head of the UN refugee agency in Jordan recently thanked the people of United States for being the “biggest and most generous donor to the humanitarian response” in Syria.  Hearing this, the answer is clear, we the people of United States must continue to lead by this example of generosity and extend our arms to alleviate the human suffering.  Please donate to the Syrian Emergency by visiting or find other ways to help.

For more information please contact:
Saud Anwar, Co-Chair
Atif Quraishi, Executive Director

ADL to Honor Dr. Saud Anwar, Co Chair, American Muslim Peace Initiative and His Family at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala

ADL to Honor Dr. Walter Harrison, Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller, and Anwar Family at 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala

Date: August 13, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League will honor Dr. Walter Harrison, President of the University of Hartford; Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller; and the Anwar family at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1913, ADL’s theme in its centennial year is “Imagine A World Without Hate.”

The Torch of Liberty Award celebrates people who carry on a tradition of community service. The commitment to philanthropy and public service demonstrated by Dr. Harrison, the Millers and the Anwars epitomizes the Anti-Defamation League’s values and the ideals represented by the Torch of Liberty Award.

Dr. Walter HarrisonDr. Walter Harrison is the University of Hartford’s fifth president, a role in which he has served since 1998. President Harrison’s involvement in the Greater Hartford community is extensive. He serves on the boards of directors of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges and the Hartford Consortium of Higher Education. He is a trustee or director of a number of other organizations, including Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Connecticut Science Center, and Suffield Academy.


Arthur and Sandra MillerDeacon Arthur L. Miller is the director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition to his assigned parishes, he is the Catholic chaplain at Hartford’s Capital Community College. Deacon Miller addresses issues of social injustice at public forums, houses of worship, and schools and universities across the country. He often speaks to his audiences about his former schoolmate, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy who in 1955 was brutally murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Deacon Miller was a participant in Connecticut ADL’s first Interfaith Mission to Israel in 2007. Sandra Miller is the office manager for Small Christian Communities for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She was first introduced to the Anti-Defamation League when she became an active participant in ADL’s “Names Can Really Hurt Us” program while working at the Watkinson School in Hartford. The Millers, who have been married for 42 years, reside in Windsor and have four children and six grandchildren.


The Anwar FamilyDr. Saud Anwar is a founder and co-chair of the American Muslim Peace Initiative, which works to strengthen intrafaith understanding within Islam and interfaith understanding between Islam and other religions. He is a member of ADL’s Interfaith Coalition on Mosques, which was formed in 2010 to support Muslim communities facing unfair discrimination when trying to legally build or expand mosques around the United States. Like Deacon Miller, Dr. Anwar was a participant in Connecticut ADL’s first Interfaith Mission to Israel in 2007. He is the founder and past president of the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut and a member of the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee, a national nonprofit. Dr. Anwar also serves on the board of directors of Ibtida, an organization that works to improve the literacy of women and children in rural areas of Pakistan. Dr. Yusra Anwar has worked behind the scenes at a number of organizations and is very active in her community. Catholic Charities has nominated Yusra to be recognized by the State of Connecticut for her consistent support to refugees of all faiths and backgrounds across Connecticut. Saud and Yusra are married and have two sons. Taha, 16, is passionate about civil rights and is an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s office.Taseen, 14, recently traveled to Haiti to visit the South Windsor Haiti School, a two-pronged project which aims to improve education in Haiti as well as interfaith relations among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian volunteers in Connecticut helping to build the school. The Anwar family, which resides in South Windsor, cofounded the school with other South Windsor community leaders.

The Torch of Liberty, one of ADL’s premier annual events, attracts more than 400 of Greater Hartford’s leading citizens and corporations every year. For more information, please call (203) 288-6500 x313.