ING Fall Community Engagement

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At ING, we believe that religious freedom can only be fostered when people of all religious traditions are treated equally with dignity and respect. 

Testimonials from recent ING interfaith panels demonstrate the power of religious understanding:
My view has changed about all religions. I’ve come to understand that we share similar values. We may have different traditions and practices but as humans we have the same core values.” -high school student 

“I learned so much, and hearing it from actual worshipers is an amazing way of learning about religion. You and your fellow interfaith workers are truly inspirational.” -college student 

ING speakers interacted with over 10,000 Americans face to face through approximately 200 presentations and interfaith panels in the Bay Area in Fall 2012.  The venues are nearly evenly split between middle and high school and adult audiences as shown in the pie chart below.

In this chart, “7-12” refers to venues at schools, while “Higher Ed” refers to all post-secondary institutions, including community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and graduate professional schools.  “Community” includes all non-religious community organizations, including local governments.  “Faith-based” comprises individual congregations, religious organizations above the local congregational level, and interfaith organizations.  “Interfaith gatherings” refers to meetings in which ING participated.

Congratulations to ING Affiliates  


Welcome to ING’s New Affiliate in Nashville, TN

ING initiates a new affiliate in Tennessee this Fall in conjunction with the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).  More recently, ING’s president Maha Elgenaidi was invited by AMAC to attend the reopening of the Murfreesboro mosque on November 18th, where US Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez spoke along with interfaith leaders. Pictured above with Tom Perez and Maha Elgenaidi are representatives of ING partners working together to combat anti-Muslim bigotry in Nashville.

ING’s President Spoke at Texas Affiliate’s First Fundraiser in Dallas

ING President Maha Elgenaidi was a speaker at the first fundraiser for ING’s affiliate the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Dallas/Fort Worth. Attending the event and endorsing the ISB DFW were local Imams who spoke about the importance of education about Muslims and their faith and interfaith engagement. Pictured above are Imam Zia Sheikh, Imam Moujahed Bakach, Imam Nadim Bashir and Imam Yaseen Shaikh.

ING Initiates New Affiliate in Stockton, California

ING recently initiated a new affiliate bureau in Stockton, California after conducting a training there in November which was attended by about 40 people. ING welcomes the Stockton Islamic Speakers Bureau to the ING family of affiliated bureaus across the country.

Survey on Civil Rights Violations  

As a joint project of six Bay Area organizations: Arab Film Festival, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Islamic
Networks Group (ING), 3rd I’s South Asian Film Festival and Zawaya, with the support of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey on civil rights violations in the community.

Our goal is to gain a greater understanding of some of the major civil rights issues that the African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities are facing in a post-9/11 context. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
The survey should take only a few minutes of your time and all responses remain anonymous.  Please click here to take the survey.