Silver Sage Foundation volunteers spent their Saturday afternoon in Warm Springs Natural Area to help with the tree planting efforts. Despite a very warm day without any clouds to cover the hot sun, the volunteers planted trees happily and enthusiastically.

We believe that every individual has an obligation to preserve nature as much as they can. Especially under the shadows of a looming climate crisis, we must do whatever we can do minimize our impact on the environment. In this light, our volunteers and a dozens of other nature-friends joined to the tree planting efforts.

This Green Up event organized by the Southern Nevada Water Authority was also a great opportunity to teach our kids how to respect nature. They learnt how to plant trees under the supervision of Warm Springs Natural Area officers.

We would like to thank our great volunteers for working hard for a noble cause and the Southern Nevada Water Authority for organizing such a crucial event. Follow our social media channels to have a chance to join such future events.

Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Radio Show aired its newest episode on October 2nd. The topic was titled ‘Social Justice and Criminal Justice System.’ As always, the show was aired on KCEP 88.1 FM and sponsored by Silver Sage Foundation.

Ramadan hosted three esteemed guests on the show: Christopher Chiou, the acting US attorney for the District of Nevada, Athar Haseebullah, Local attorney and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada, and Captain Carlos Hank, bureau commander at LVMPD’s Office of Internal Oversight. Hank was very kind to accept our last minute call to join to the show to replace Aaron D. Ford, the 34th Attorney General of Nevada, who couldn’t make it due to a delayed flight.

Imam Ramadan opened the discussion with the fact that the social justice issues we had during the terrible Tulsa Massacre are still prevalent in a smaller sense even though there have been huge steps taken towards a better justice system. He asked his guests on to reflect what are the current issues, and what can and are being done about those.

Chiou started his remarks by stating the fact that there have been many improvements in the economical, criminal, educational and social justice systems. But while all of these fields have huge issues, the criminal justice system is on the spotlight because that is the end result dealing with the injustices originating from the other areas as well. He said that the law enforcement should work together with the communities to deal with the issues. He also put forward a very important point that while people focus on the criminal injustices the most, the main cause of those problems arise from the economic, health, education and housing issues which don’t have visible results as much as the law enforcement’s dealings.

Haseebullah lamented that the law enforcement’s reforms and initiatives are not effective as the police unions are strongly preventing officers who commit serious misconducts to get a fair punishment. He said that there are officers who are promoted even though they have a history of racial and social misconducts in their records. He believes that with the visibility provided by the social media, good steps will be taken in terms of making the law enforcement more fair and transparent. But he warned that the current actions are not enough for a necessary change.

Captain Hank talked about the developments within the police departments as they have been starting more and more initiatives to bring the community closer to the law enforcement. They are pushing for more engagement and transparency in all fields. He warned that police officers also feel an immense pressure as they are always in the spotlight and it creates an unnecessary tension. He believes that there should be an understanding on both sides.

All in all, it was a great discussion to hear about the evolution of the criminal justice system towards a more fair and transparent structure. While there are still very important issues in our society, it is quite hopeful to see that we can overcome these with constant dialogue. All we need is to have an understanding for both sides. It should be also noted that the issues about the police officers and criminal justice system that we see on the social media are the end result of a deeper social divide arising from the lack of social equality, lack of healthcare, lack of quality education and lack of fair housing.

We would like to thank Imam Ramadan for yet another great discussion. Special thanks to Christopher Chiou, Ather Haseebullah, and Captain Carlos Hank for their invaluable contributions. To get the latest updates on the future episodes, please follow our social media channels.

To celebrate the National Public Lands Day on September 27th, Southern Nevada Conservancy organized a volunteer cleanup and celebration event. We participated in the event with our Teen Project youth.

Littering in the national parks is a serious issue as it affects the wild life negatively and might cause forest fires. As part of the Southern Nevada community, we couldn’t miss an opportunity to help make Spring Mountains cleaner. With our nature loving volunteer team, we signed up for the 4th annual ‘Green the Mountain’ event. We were among a total of 400 volunteers.

After a day of hard working and celebrating nature, a total of 4500 pounds of garbage was collected. While that’s a huge relief and happiness to know that much harmful substance were removed from the mountain, it is a bit sad to see how much people litter the area.

We would like to thank the USDA Forest Service & Southern Nevada Conservancy for this great event. It was a priceless opportunity to participate in such a noble act of cleaning our beautiful nature. We also would like to thank our kind volunteers who worked hard and smiled all day.

Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue radio show series (Sponsored by Silver Sage Foundation) continues with its September episode. In this discussion, Ramadan and his esteemed guests delved into the matters of disparity and economic equality.

The discussion started from the economic equality in Christianity and Islam. From that point, it moved into the contemporary issues in the United States of America regarding injustice, economic disparity and lack of education.

Reverend Gard Jameson emphasized on the importance of education in the United States to get people aware of ongoing inequality issues. He said that an extensive historical education would teach young people to be more aware about the economical problems of the minorities. He laid his concerns about the rise of white supremacy which would undermine the progress the USA has taken in the last 2 centuries.

Dora D. LaGrande talked about how Jesus gave importance to the justice and equality. She claimed that a true believer would never take someone else’s rights away. She supported activism and raising awareness in the current social issues.

Dr. Hakan Gok joined to the discussion from London and he started his points by narrating how Islam was able to spread so fast around the Middle East due its stance on economic justice and equality. He believes that the word should follow the Islamic examples and the recent developments in Germany is a good step towards achieving economic equality. But he expressed his concerns that the USA is falling behind in these development. According to Gok, the lack of affordable health care and housing is a primary issue which prevents a parity among the Americans.

It was a fruitful discussion on how can our societies eliminate the barriers putting people into separate economic levels. In terms of Abrahamic religions, maintaining economic equality is one of the first steps in establishing a sustainable community.

Imam Ramadan’s Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue radio shows will continue airing on the first Saturday of each month. Stay tuned! Subscribe to our Youtube channel to get notified about the future episodes.

Muslims are supposed to help others during the eid al-Adha as much as they can. It usually happens through sharing the meats of the sacrificed animals during the 4-day celebrations. This year, Silver Sage Foundation came together with Embrace Relief to donate meats to Nevada Mercy & Care.

Nevada Mercy & Care is a charity organization which provides medical and mental health services for the people in need. Our donations will be distributed to the refugees who desperately require support.

We would like to thank Nevada Mercy & Care, Embrace Relief, our donors, and especially our volunteers who spared from their eid time to make this charity operation a reality.

In the 7th episode of Imam Mujahid Ramadan’s Radio Show, the topic was centered around Spirituality, Technology and Generation Y. For the show took place on July 3rd, Ramadan had a team of young speakers: Mona Asadi from Chapman University and Baha’i faith, Kailyn S. Haye from VSU university, Zeynep Akgedik from Silver Sage Foundation Youth Council and her sister Leyla Akgedik who is also from Silver Sage Foundation Youth Council were Ramadan’s guests.

The discussion started with the effects of social media on people, especially the younger generation. During the course of discussion, it was claimed that the rapid transfer of knowledge has made the younger generation more sensitive towards injustices and social issues. The new generation follow the political and economical developments day by day and show immediate reactions. The effect of the social media became obvious with the Black Lives Matter movement as hundreds of people were mobilized in mere hours.

However, the discussion touched to the negative aspects of this highly technologized life as well. The speakers stated that no kind of solid belief is there to support many young people. They follow names, ideas or slogans. But there is a true lack of spiritual background. On another side, the new generations have become too entitled as technology makes things happen in an instant. There is a spoiled attitude as things got quite easier such as movies can be streamed in an instant, goods can be bought and delivered to our homes in a few days etc…

Our speakers delved into the topic of cyberbullying as well. The social network communications dulled our senses. We don’t feel like we are talking to real people. For that reason, we are more prone to say things which might hurt others easily. The speakers said that we should adapt to this new environment with morals and social etiquettes.

All in all, Ramadan led a heartfelt discussion about the massive changes in our social and political environment caused by a completely new generation which has a unique grounding with technology and social media. We extend our thanks to Imam Ramadan, Asadi, Haye, and Akgedik sisters for this interesting discussion. Also special thanks to KCEP Power 88 for allowing this show to be broadcasted.

The show was abruptly ended due to the time limit given by the hosting radio station KCEP Power 88. We totally understand that they have to follow their schedule. We deeply apologize for this inconvenience.

On the 19th of June, NBA star and human rights activist Enes Kanter visited Silver Sage Foundation’s headquarters in Las Vegas. We presented him the Champion of the Human Rights Award for his standing up for human rights with his outspoken activism.

After having a bountiful brunch and slicing off a delicious cake, our community had a nice and lengthy discussion with Kanter. He answered all of the questions with sincere interest and in detail. Our teenagers were able to ask him some interesting questions regarding his successful career and how he manages to find time for all his philanthropic activities while maintaining a long and hard season of NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers player talked about his life, career and daily routine. It was important to learn how he disciplines himself and spares time for doing selfless acts in the same time. The discussion of the Juneteenth was also on the table as he emphasized on the importance of fighting for freedom and human rights.

Kanter is currently traveling around the USA to organize and participate in the Free Basketball Camps for children. We deeply thank him for paying a visit to our Foundation’s location during his busy schedule and inspiring our community’s young population. As someone who finds a great balance between a professional career and social activism, his example is a great influence on them.

Masjid As-Sabur hadn’t organize any big iftar dinners in this Ramadan due to the pandemic measures. But just for the Night of Power, (Laylat-u-qadr), which is the holiest day of Ramadan month, the masjid made an exception and held an iftar dinner.

As Silver Sage Foundation, we collaborated with other volunteers to bring meals to the event. It was a beautiful night of friendship and spirituality. There were dozens of Muslims coming from all around Las Vegas. After the bountiful iftar dinner, we joined together to perform the Tarawih prayer.

We would like to thank Imam Fateen Seifullah for being a great host and organizing this heartful event. Also special thanks to our volunteers who prepared finger licking meals as always.

We took part in the 5000 Flowers to 5000 Female Leaders initiative organized by Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST). To make the mother’s day meaningful, our volunteers wrote letters narrating the tragic stories of the oppressed mothers in Turkey. These letters were sent to the prominent female community figures.

Silver Sage Foundation volunteers sent their letters to Carolyn Goodman (Mayor of Las Vegas), Susie Lee (the United States Representative for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district), Candace Kant (Professor of History at College of Southern Nevada), and Jacky Rosen (Former Representative for Nevada’s 3rd congressional district).

We hope that these letters will raise awareness on the problems women suffer in the hands of the current oppressive regime in Turkey. We would like to thank AST for this organization and to our volunteers who delicately wrote the letters.

The Radio Talk Show series presented by Silver Sage Foundation and Hosted by Imam Mujahid Ramadan continued with the 6th episode aired on May 1st, 2021. The broadcast was provided by 88.1 Power LV.

In this episode, our guests delved into the topic of hate crimes and how can social efforts could help in this regard. Jolie Brislin from the Anti-Defamation League talked about her organization’s efforts on ending the social injustices and hate crimes. She said that co-operation is vital in solving these problems. She said, ‘we should empower people to speak up,’ because silence only helps to the oppressors and the victims are voiceless.

Hafza Girdap talked about Advocates of Silenced Turkey’s efforts in ending oppressions and inequalities. She also introduced their SetThemFree​ initiative which is a movement to stop the unfair imprisonments all around the world and especially Turkey. She shared the number of people persecuted wrongly. And those numbers were quite alarming.

The Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada, Christopher Chiou talked how Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is pro-active in terms of ending the hate crimes. He stated that Las Vegas has lower number of hate crimes as LVMPD is actively co-operating with minorities. He gave the example of LVMPD’s efforts after the Atlanta shooting in which police officers visited the Asian communities and reassured them that they are safe and welcomed.

It was a very uplifting discussion as we see how organizations are working hard to end the injustice and hate crimes in the USA. We also learnt that most of the government officers are also in this effort.

We would to thank Imam Ramadan and his valued guests for this thought provoking discussion. Also special thanks to KCEP Power LV 88.1 for allowing us to broadcast these series on their platform.

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