Monthly Archives: January 2016

American Muslim Peace Initiative sits down with the Governor’s office


Had a great conversation with Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman about increase in hate and bigotry in our society and need for all people and state leaders to stand against it. We are blessed to be in a State, where the leadership is clear about a zero tolerance  policy when it comes to hate and bigotry.

AMPI thanked the Governor and Lt. Governor for all that they do for the State and it’s residents.  We also talked about AMPI’s activism within CT and at a global level to promote peace, tolerance and empathy towards all races, cultures and religions.  The Governor and Lt. Governor both offered to help in any way they can and extended their full support.

Former Mayor of South Windsor and Co-Chair AMPI headlined in the Hartford Courant

More than 5,000 miles away at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the word “Connecticut” lit up the faces of some 40 Syrian refugees when they heard where a recent visitor was from.

“You are the state that accepted the refugees,’ they said,” recalled M. Saud Anwar, South Windsor councilman and former mayor, Wednesday, of the response he received when he visited the camp in December. “The world is so small.”

Anwar, who was the first Muslim mayor in Connecticut when he was elected in 2013, has been an outspoken advocate for the Muslim community in the state. Recently, his advocacy work has turned to combating stereotypes and bigotry targeted at Muslims.

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