Dear Editor,

A Peace Picnic what a great idea! Creating a culture of peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony. Count me in. Building an inclusive, peaceful and beloved nation for us, our kids and their kids. Yes, that's what I want for my daughter and grandchildren.

Together with Amnesty International, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, the Raging Grannies, the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County and 20 other organizations, the American Muslim Voice Peace Picnic offers the opportunity to nurture old friendships and sow the seeds of new ones.

And it couldn't come at a better time. We all face extremely challenging economic, social and governmental changes just ahead. Now is the time to pull together, to foster cooperation, and to stand up for community values.

Please join me and others who hold dear the message of connectedness shared by all the great wisdom teachers from the Buddha and Jesus to Muhammad and Krishnamurti. There will be no forums and no teach-ins; just good food, good company, good conversation and a chance for us all to get to know each other a bit better. Bring your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to enjoy ethnic Pakistani food, kids activities and cultural experience. If you like, bring your favorite salad or dessert to share.

The multi-faith Peace Picnic will be on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Augustine Memorial Park (Cortez and Coelho streets, off Escuela Parkway) in Milpitas. For more


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information, visit www.amuslimvoice.org or call Syed Mohsin at 946-6199.

Rob Means

Yellowstone Avenue