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McGovern to Host Central MA Muslim Community Leader at State of Union

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 

Congressman Jim McGovern announced that he will host Asima Silva, a Muslim community leader from Central Massachusetts, as his guest for tonight's State of the Union address by President Obama. 

“As both parties come together tomorrow night for the State of the Union, I am pleased to have Asima Silva, an inspiring leader from Worcester’s Muslim community, joining me. In recent weeks, we have heard some truly dangerous and hateful rhetoric from political leaders who want to divide us. By helping to bring our community together in the past month, Asima has shown that we are strongest when we are united against such hate. This is the kind of leadership our community needs, now more than ever, and I’m so proud that she will be joining me for the State of the Union," said Congressman McGovern. 

Asima Silva 

Asima Silva

Asima Silva is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and recently co-founded EnjoinGood.org to help improve communication between the local Muslim community and other area religious institutions. 

In December of 2015, Silva joined other local Muslim leaders to organize a Worcester Interfaith Vigil to unite faith communities in condemning recent terrorist attacks and praying for the victims and families. 

“I am incredibly honored to join Congressman McGovern to hear President Obama deliver the State of the Union address tomorrow night. I have seen the Congressman working with his constituents over the years and I am very humbled by this opportunity. Civic engagement is so important to me and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to help strengthen communication between our Muslim community and families of all faiths throughout Worcester," said Silva. 

Silva lives with her husband and children in Holden, Massachusetts and works for IBM as a software engineer. In addition to that, she was elected last year as a member of the school committee for the Wachusett Regional School District. 

 

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