Nihonmachi Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance

In the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the FBI rounded up thousands of Japanese immigrants who were detained without charges. Then, on February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 Japanese Americans into concentration camps. The Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Incarceration of Civilians concluded that this action was a result of “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

The 37th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event takes place on the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The 2017 event carries the theme, “Stand Up To Hate.” Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember the great civil liberties tragedy that occurred 75 years ago, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today and what we can do to build bridges of trust, respect, and friendship.

Featured Speaker: Samina Masood, the Executive Director of Silicon Valley FACES. The mission of FACES is to build communities free of bias, bigotry, bullying, and violence. FACES recently hosted “Meet a Muslim” programs, diversity training workshops, and a Black Lives Matter discussion.

Featured Speaker: Congressman Mike Honda, Congressman from 2001 to 2017. Former Congressman Honda was incarcerated at the Amache internment camp. He recently wrote about his concerns over today’s rising tide of fear and bigotry in an op-ed for Reuters, “When my Japanese-American family was treated as less than human.”

Cultural Performance: ASWAT Ensemble, the Bay Area’s Premier Arab Music Ensemble.
Cultural Performance: San Jose Taiko, San Jose Japantown’s cultural ambassadors.

San Jose Day of Remembrance The Day of Remembrance is an event that aims to bring different communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew our pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call 408-373-0817, email at info@sjnoc.org.

Art Against All Odds

Black & Muslim Expressions of Love and Faith

Join us for an inspiring evening of unity, love and faith aimed at building bridges between the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

Featuring:

  • Aswat Ensemble
  • Vukani Mawethu Choir
  • and more…

Entry is free, but seats are limited, so reserve your ticket online.

Help us keep these events free by donating to our GoFundMe campaign
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Muslim-Catholic Community Event of Support

Muslim-Catholic Community Event of Support and Friendship between Catholics and Muslims

Download a flyer: Catholic-Muslim Support Day

MCA, SBIA, WVMA, ICZ, Fatimiyya and SABA Imams and Boards request your presence at an interfaith event in solidarity with the Catholic community. Bishop McGrath, who leads over 50 Catholic churches in Santa Clara County, will join Imams from Bay Area Mosques and civic leaders on Martin Luther King Day to mark the start of this partnership. The event will include joint prayers, exchange of ideas for dialogue, understanding and unity between the two communities in serving humanity while seeking justice and fairness for all. This event will be the first of many events leading to increased collaboration and friendship between Muslims and Christians through engagements at various levels.

Speeches will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by lunch served at 2:30 pm.

Beloved Community Dialogue & Action

Join community members, faith leaders, law enforcement officials and elected officials to pledge to “Protect & Serve” our community so that Black Lives Matter and to stop the criminalization of African American, Latino, Muslim and immigrant community members.

The structured program will include small group dialogue followed by questions of commitment for public officials about:

  • Increasing oversight of the San Jose Police Dept, and
  • Establishing oversight of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

We need strong independent oversight for transparency and accountability that is essential for building trust and protecting safety and justice for community members and law enforcement officials.

We need your voice and your listening to build a shared commitment for justice and shape policy for our community in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

Mayor Sam Liccardo, City Councilmembers Magdalena Carrasco, Chappie Jones and Raul Peralez, SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia and Supervisor Simitian are confirmed to attend.

Hour of Prayer and Solidarity

In the wake of the hate mail, the unconditional messages of love and support we received at the Evergreen Islamic Center, and continue to receive, are living proof that love trumps hate. We couldn’t be prouder of our community and of our nation. We are deeply grateful to our neighbors, strangers, well-wishers, various organizations, and law enforcement and elected officials for emphasizing our common humanity.

As a token of our gratitude, and in an effort to turn a negative event into a positive experience, we are calling for a community prayer by standing shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with one another. We humbly request your presence at our Center for a gathering of forgiveness, hope, peace and unity.

Since we are expecting a large turnout, we are encouraging you to carpool as parking is limited near our center. All of us at the Evergreen Islamic Center look forward to seeing you at this one-of-a-kind gathering in the Bay Area.

Veils

Set in the weeks just prior to the Egyptian revolution known as Arab Spring, VEILS follows Intisar, an African-American Muslim student, who enrolls for a year abroad at the American Egyptian University in Cairo, thinking she will finally feel like she belongs. Her new Egyptian roommate, Samar, has different views – particularly about the practice of veiling – and yearns to have greater freedom of expression as a journalist. As the political and personal turmoils build, the two young women struggle to find individual and cultural identity, and to find a way forward together.

Tom Coash wrote this play based on his experiences teaching at the American University in Cairo from 1996 to 2000, and VEILS won an American Theatre Critics Association “M. Elizabeth Osborn Award” for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright as well as an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and was one of six finalists for the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA award.

Friday, 9/16: 8:00 pm
Saturday 9/17: 2:00 pm
Sunday 9/18: 2:00 pm

Tickets available through The Pear Theatre

Ramadan Iftar- South Bay Islamic Association

As you likely know, the holy month of Ramadan will be commencing soon, and Muslims all over the world will be observing this time through abstaining from food, drink and other worldly pleasures during the daylight hours, spending time and money to help those less fortunate, and focusing on how they can improve themselves.

SBIA traditionally hosts an Open House during Ramadan, and we would be honored if you would attend as our guest.  The event is scheduled for the evening of Sunday, June 26, and will include the following:

7:40 pm – Welcome by Emcee
7:45 – Overview of Ramadan/Q&A by Imam Tahir Anwar
8:20 – What Ramadan means to me by young community member
8:34 – Iftar (Fast-breaking)
8:45 – Evening Prayer
8:55 – Dinner
Please RSVP by either email (rsvp@sbia.info) or phone (408.802.4705) so we can make the appropriate arrangements.  We do hope you will be able to join us and very much look forward to seeing you on June 19.

Peace,

– Athar Siddiqee
President, South Bay Islamic Association

Ramadhan Celebration Dinner

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Silicon Valley Chapter would like to cordially invite you to our annual Ramadhan celebration dinner. In the month of Ramadhan, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset and increase focus on worship, charity and human welfare. This is all in an effort to strengthen their relationship with God. This Ramadhan celebration dinner is a wonderful time for the community at large to come together and have a discussion about the significance of this month to Muslims around the world.

RSVP at Eventbrite

Program:

  • Reception
  • Recitation of The Holy Quran
  • Welcome by The President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
  • Introduction to Ramadhan
  • Guest Speakers
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Breaking of the Fast
  • Dinner

We look forward to seeing you!

Orlando: Diocese of San Jose, ING

Statement from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Diocese of San Jose
June 14, 2016

The tragic events of Orlando are a horrific reminder of the power of hatred and violence.  Unaware as we still are of the motives behind the murderous rampage, the targeting of members of the LGBT community is a wound on our society.

While our first reaction is to lash out with the same degree of hostility, we hear the words of the Lord, calling us to repay even hatred with love.  We cannot become the evil that we detest.

The call within our nation to consider as suspect entire populations of citizens, immigrants or visitors is contrary to what is best in the American people.  We cannot relive the prejudices of the past, nor conjure up new ones in this century. Violence will only beget more violence.  The cycle must be broken.

We join with all who are committed to the common good, rooted in the values of justice, love, peace and tolerance, as we pray for those who lost their lives or their loved ones and who live now in fear because of acts of violence.

ING and Affiliates Stand in Solidarity with LGBTQ Communities Against Hate

We as American Muslims express our deep shock and sorrow over the horrific attack in Orlando, mourn the loss of innocent lives, and extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all those impacted by this senseless attack, in particular the LGBTQ communities which have been the most impacted by this brutal act. As Muslims, we know all too well what it is like to be members of a targeted community, and we appreciate the long and unwavering support the LGBTQ community has given us. We stand in solidarity with them and categorically reject homophobia and any form of bigotry, hatred, and violence against any individual or group on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, religion, familial status, sexual orientation, and national origin.

All human life is sacred, and all traditions forbid the wanton taking of it. Yet far too many lives continue to be lost due to hatred and bigotry which have no place in our country and our communities. While the motive behind this heinous act is yet to be determined, we will continue our efforts to bring people of all faiths and of no religious faith together to heal, to counter all voices of hate and violence, and to work for interreligious and intercultural understanding.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by American Muslims to support the families of the Orlando shooting victims. Click here to donate.