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Ramadan Greetings of Love, June 1

Send Love and Greetings to Our Brothers and Sisters Unjustly Imprisoned in the United States

When: June 1, 2016 at 1pm
Where: Your Home


Are you ready to join in this blessed season and bring joy to our brothers and sisters this Ramadan?

Prisoners of many faiths including Muslims have been targeted in the US and imprisoned today because of their beliefs and associations.

Write a short note or send a post card to tell someone you care, to tell them that they matter, and that they are not forgotten. Let them know they will always be part of our Community and that they are in our prayers. It’s an easy process that takes only a few minutes, but would mean so much to our brothers and sisters in prisons and their loved ones.

Sometimes it’s just a letter from the community that can make a lot of difference inside the four walls of prison cells. The letter from someone who cares can be a charity or Sadaqa for our Muslim prisoners, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, requiring only a few minutes. Even just one message and du’aa (prayers) can make all the difference for a brother or a sister isolated from his or her beloved family and community.

The month of Ramadan is the month of gaining blessings. The smart trader is the one who makes the most of special occasions to increase his or her rewards. So make the most of this month by writing a simple caring letter or sending a post card to a Muslim brother or sister in prison.


There is more information on their  Facebook Event Page:

Contact us addresses of Muslims in prisons, writing tips and sample letters. moc.l1464555819iamg@1464555819afihs1464555819rofec1464555819itsuj1464555819

Contact us to receive addresses of prisoners and instruction to send letters to prisoners: moc.l1464555819iamg@1464555819afihs1464555819rofec1464555819itsuj1464555819

Featured photo from ArT Resistance: Artwork of Muslim Prisoners

Film: The Muslims I Know with Director Q/A, Rochester, NY 5/2


Photos by George Payne

This was a presentation of  award winning local film maker Mara Ahmed’s film, “The Muslims I Know.”  The film is about getting to know your Muslim neighbors.  We framed the event as a Human Library Event and held it at a very nice new public library in a suburb not often included in this conversation.     The showing was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of about 15.   Several attendees came from Rochester Americorps.  Some who attended were interested in knowing more about building our local Fellowship of Reconciliation Chapter.

Mara Ahmed has shown this film a number of times in different venues and different parts of the country and I highly recommend it.   She did a great job of balancing the mundane and the local with her background in Lahore Pakistan; of balancing the lives of middle class immigrants with an understanding of our country’s participation in the development of events in west Asia.   According to George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers who introduced the event, “Mara was brilliant and we had a robust Q&A afterwards. ”   We are planning another event in the near term.

Mara’s response to the evening:  Read More »

Conference: Sacred Texts and Human Contexts, Rochester, NY 5/23-5/25

Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialog (CISD) presents:

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment in World Religions

May 23–25, 2016
Shults Center, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

A three day international conference on nature and environment on May 23-25, 2016. Some 62 scholars on climate change from around the world including research papers on environmental perspectives from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and even Jainism will be presented.

The conference is open now to a few more participants:  Registration Options are:

  1. Individuals participating in the 3 day conference without dinners and lunches: $55.00 only
  2. Dinner per individual is: $35.00
  3. Lunches per individual is: $25.00
  4. Table of 10 is:$159.00 per individual including all dinners, lunches and refreshments.
  5. Individual is:$169.00 including everything

Please register through: ude.z1464555819an@ht1464555819iafre1464555819tni1464555819     by May 10, 2016 and mail the check written to Nazareth College, Hickey Center on the address  below.

This is unique and significant conference. I believe we are pioneers in America to organize such an academic conference on climate change. Please visit our website for details:

Muhammad Shafiq, Ph.D.
Professor & Executive Director
Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue
IIIT Interfaith Studies Chair
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY, 14618

Islamic State: Responsibility and Response, NYC, 5/21

An Invitation to Discussion on The Islamic State: Responsibility and Response

Saturday May 21, Time TBD
@ John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

The West’s wars in the Middle East and the rise of violent extremism present a serious threat to global peace and security. Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crimes are rippling through American Muslim communities with a force greater than in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. The American Muslim community is extremely concerned about 1) how war in the Middle East fuels terrorism; 2) the rise in Islamophobia; 3) how ISIS distorts Islamic doctrine; and 4) how Islamophobic rhetoric is being used by ISIS to recruit American Muslims.

This panel Read More »

Stony Point Multi-Faith Anti-Drone Conference, 4/8,9

A weekend of good food,good company and interesting Panels and Speakers! A great event for networking with other activists.

I’m going to pull in videos of the Friday night panel, Saturday keynotes by Medea Benjamin of CodePink Women for Peace and Arun Kundnani, author of “The Violence Always Comes Home: Terrorism, Empire and Islamophobia” and “The Muslims are Coming” and the discussion Saturday Afternoon.

The videos are all the work of Wilton Vought, originally published on his website, Other Voices Other Choices.   Read More »

Global Days of Listening With the APV, Skype, 4/21

The Afghan Peace Volunteers will update us on their work.  Doug and Jodi will call in from Guatamala.

The topic of this call is Earth Day and the things we can do to care for our environment.    Education will be another focus of the discussion.

Skype or Livestream.  Contact moc.o1464555819ohay@1464555819gnine1464555819tsiLf1464555819osyaD1464555819labol1464555819G1464555819 if you would like to participate as a speaker in the call (Skype).

In the Eastern Daylight timezone, the call begins at 8:30 AM. On the West Coast, it begins at 5:30 AM, in Kabul at 5:00 PM Skype in or monitor the Livestream feed wherever you are.

To participate, go to the Global Days of Listening Website

To learn more about the Afghan Peace Volunteers and their campaigns go to

Kathy Kelly on Solidarity Across War Zones, Buffalo, NY 4/20

What: WNY Peace Center’s Bissonette Evening for the Latin American Solidarity Committee;
Keynote:  Kathy Kelly will speak on Solidarity Across War Zones
Where: Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Wick Center
When:  Thursday, April 21. Social and refreshments 6:30pm; Speaker 7:30pm

Kathy-BF-childWho:    Kathy Kelly is an extraordinary person, with a worldwide following. Founder and coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kathy has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize due to her courageous work building bridges between peoples of warring nations. Her talk will focus on lessons learned in Central and South America, the Middle East, and Central Asia, particularly through her recent involvement with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and their Street Children’s School. Read More »

Film: The Muslims I Know, Rochester, NY 5/02

The Fellowship of Reconciliation Presents

“The Muslims I Know”

A film by Mara Ahmed
Followed by Q&A with the Producer/Director

7:00 pm, Monday May 2nd
Irondequoit Public Library, Irondequoit Bay Room
1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617 (Enter Parking from King’s Highway)

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Mara said, shortly before “The Muslims I Know” premiered at Dryden Theater, that she hoped the film would be:  “an invitation to dialog”

In the film, Mara introduces you to her family and friends, and lets them tell you who they are in their own words.

This is: A Human Library Event

Read More »

Unity and Solidarity Peace Rally, Buffalo, 4/18


  • Unity and Solidarity Peace Rally, with speakers and music.
  • Our message is Unity,  Solidarity, and Peace. Our theme is the same as the (national) group name Stand Together Against Racism & Islamophobia (STARI)-Buffalo. We stand for justice, peace, and love, and against fear-, hate-, and war-mongering.

When and Where: 5:30pm on Monday, April 18, at or near Canalside.

Convened by the WNY Peace Center, with cosponsoring community leaders such as Rev. George Nicholas of Concerned Clergy of WNY; Dr. Stan Bratton of the Network of Religious Communities;  and various groups, including Young Black Democrats, Muslim Public Affair Council, Riverside-Salem UCC/DC, the Interfaith Peace Network, and many others. We’re very excited to welcome many Facebook groups as partners as well:

    • Never Trump Buffalo Peace Rally
    • Peaceful Protest of Trump
    • Buffalo Against Bigotry

All are welcome.

Contact: Victoria Ross (716) 931-3520