AMWEC leaders Anila Ali and Aisha Bajwa joined an Olive Tree Initiative multifaith mission to Jerusalem. The purpose of the trip was to help leaders better understand, negotiate and resolve conflict. The Olive Tree Initiative is one of AMWEC’s programming partners.
Every December, AMWEC mobilizes our members to help bring smiles to fortunate children in the community. In the spirit of interfaith sisterhood with our Christian neighbors, we collect toys for needy families and teach our own children the value of thankfulness, empathy and charitable giving.
A recent Ha’aretz article (“U.S. Muslims Increasingly Harassed for Working With Jewish Groups, Activists Say”) features AMWEC’s interfaith work with Hillel chapters on college campuses. AMWEC President Anila Ali is quoted about anti-Semitism and withstanding pressure from parts of the community to cut off dialogue: “Luckily I was working with a lot of Pakistani students who said ‘No, interfaith work cannot stop.’”
At the Sheraton Cerritos, AMWEC is hosting a community bazaar featuring artists and Artisans from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, India, and beyond. The event focuses on empowering women-led Businesses and creating networking opportunities for members of the community.
AMWEC’s Anila Ali joined an interfaith leadership discussion hosted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on the State of Hate in 2018. Other panelists included Cal State San Bernardino hate-crime law professor Brian Levin, Rabbi Marvin Hier from the Wiesenthal Center, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd from LA’s First AME Church, and Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of the NoH8 campaign.