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Interactive Videoconference with U.S. government

IONA PACIFIC DIRECTOR PARTICIPATES IN INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

On November 17 Dr. Daum participated in a live, interactive video conference held simultaneously in six Canadian cities, which was hosted locally at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver. The featured presenter was Farah Anwar Pandith, the first ever U.S. Government Special Representative to Muslim Communities, who reports directly to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rabbi Daum was one of two non-Muslims in attendance at the Vancouver gathering. Similar groups, consisting mostly of Muslim community leaders, were assembled at U.S. consular offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec City, and Winnipeg. Ms. Pandith spoke about “2011 Hours Against Hate,” a campaign she helped to launch in early 2011 focused on getting young people all over the world to volunteer their time to build stronger communities that value pluralism and diversity and reject hate and bigotry.