NEWARK — The organization began by educating mainstream Americans and the
media about the plight of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in the aftermath
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

American Muslim Voice, formed two years ago, then turned its attention to
getting more Muslims involved in the political process.

The Palo Alto-based group is now moving to phase three, urging Muslims to
contribute in a meaningful way to society through volunteerism and activism.

At its first convention on the effort Sunday in Newark, Muslim and city
leaders will encourage constituents of all religious backgrounds to
participate in their local communities


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