Saturday, September 29, 2012

IX Annual Unity Day Update

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Full length video and individual videos will be posted by Thanksgiving 2012

we are committed to build a cohesive America
Americans together building a Cohesive America.

We are gathered today for a singular purpose, to be together as Americans and rededicate our pledge to the peace, prosperity and security of our nation.

9th Annual Unity Day USA
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
11:30 AM -1:30 PM
Unity of Dallas,
6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230

Awards to Seven Individuals for building bridges &
Two outstanding communities for their service

We appreciate your participation along with our Marines,Mayors, Fire & Police Chiefs, Religious, Secular and civicleaders, Native Americans and people from different walks of life , races & traditions.

We appreciate the in-kind and financial support from Laura Sutherland of Unity of Dallas, John Hammond and Shabnam Modgil of FunAsia, Farooq  Hemani, Pastor George Mason, Dr. Basheer Ahmed, The Sikh Community, Shaukat Gaziani, Dr. Harbans Lal, Universal Peace Federation, Dr. Nauman Anwar, Len Ellis, Akram Syed, Pastor Bob Roberts and possibly you.

Please donate to defray the cost of the event at:


Please note that the award plaques confer the title of “Pluralist” to each one of the individual recipients we are recognizing today. Pluralist is some one who believes in living his own life and letting others live theirs.

Hon. Vivian Castleberry
by: Carol Crabtree Donavan; presented by: Bob Mong
Hon. Madan Goyal
by: Akram Syed; presented by: Mayor Stephen Terrell
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker
by: Mike Ghouse; presented by: Fire Chief John Murphy

Imam Yaseen Shaikh
by: Mike Ghouse; presented by: Mayor pro tem Laura Maczka

Dr. Cheryl Gray Kimberling
by: Dr. Basheer Ahmed; presented by: Mayor Marco Mejia

Hon. William McKenzie
by:  Bob Mong; presented by: Mayor Bob Townsend
Hon. Peter Stewart, it’s a life time achievement
by: Rev. Bill Matthews; presented by:  Mayor Bill Glancy
Pluralism is not a religion, it is not a mish-mash of religions, it is not even an effort to bring religions together. It is simply respecting who you are, as you are created by same process (God) as every one else. It is an attitude of finding ways to co-exist with least conflicts.

Individuals who will donate over $100.00 will be listed on the website for their support at Those who contributed after this book is compiled will also be listed at the site.
You can mail the check to America Together Foundation at 2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206, Dallas, TX 75234.  or donate at:


It is our duty to " honor and cherish individuals " who have dedicated their lives to building bridges among Americans. Their pioneering spirit in facilitating communities to know and to respect each other is appreciated by the people of Dallas/ Fort Worth.

On this day, we appreciate and celebrate their contributions towards building a cohesive America, where no one has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of the other.
This year we are appreciating seven individuals who have made a difference in our communities. They have gone beyond their own cocoon and reached out many others.  Over the years we have admired 22 such individuals who are listed in the following pages.

We have appreciated the Jewish Community for doing their work of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world), Muslims for the extraordinary efforts after 9/11, the African Americans for bringing a major change to America; the passing of the civil rights act. Indeed, most of the Asian and African immigrants are here today because of Martin Luther King Jr’s work.  

This year’s community awards go to two distinct communities;
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community 


“In recognition of your work in building a cohesive America, and pronouncing that we are all in this together by sharing your blood with fellow Americans. Your community's goal of donating 10,000 pints of blood last year, was achieved as you collected 11,800 pints of blood on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  This year you have a goal of 11,000 pints of blood to donate. The people of Dallas/Fort Worth greatly appreciate your effort in building bridges through the bond of blood.


The plaque reads, “In recognition of your work in reaffirming the right values when tragedy befalls the community, and indeed, your response to the Wisconsin Gurudwara massacre was exemplary and reflects the teachings of the Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and every one of the spiritual masters from Zarathustra, Confucius, Moses, Krishna, Mahavira, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Baha'u'llah, and other great spiritual masters. Your leadership in building a cohesive America is greatly appreciated by all.

Read by: Mike Ghouse; presented by: Mayor Bob Townsend
The Sikh Community of Dallas
(One Award– different communities)
by: Sardar Mike Ghouse

1. Gurdwara Akaljot Sahab – Serving One Spirit in One World
Recipient Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Brar
Presented by State Rep Stefani Carter

2. Gurdwara Sikh Temple of North Texas – Serving Humanity as One
Recipient Sardar Dyal Singh Sain
Presented by Allen Mayor Steven Terrell

3. Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas
Recipient Sardar Harnam Singh
Presented by: Garland Fire Chief Raymond Knight

4. DFW SIKHS – Serving Inter-religious Engagement
Recipient Dr. Harbans Lal
Presented by Richardson Mayor Bob Townsend

5. Gurdwara Sikh Sangat
Recipient Neelam Kaur
Presented by Lancaster Mayor Pro tem Marco Mejia

6. UNITED SIKHS – “For Recognizing the Human Race as One & Ensuring that Human Dignity and Social Justice Prevail.”
Recipient Sardar Gurinder Singh
Presented by Carrollton Police Chief Rex Redden

Mike Ghouse 

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