I was involved in a public service as an Environmental engineer for 26 years until I accepted early retirement incentive few years ago in order to devote my time to bring political and civic awareness among South Asian Community. I also volunteered in a local homeless center.. As an Environmental Engineer I did not have formal education in politics. So I am currently enrolled in a program offered at
Boston, Massachusetts by the name of Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership (IDCL). IDCL’s mission is to develop a new generation of leaders in minority communities committed to public service, in order to ensure a more representative democracy and a diverse civic community in Greater Boston. The program is administered by Oiste, a Latino civic education organization. You can find more information on Oiste at their website (www.oiste.net) and also about program at (http://www.initiativefordiversity.net/). I really enjoyed the program and learnt a skill to reach out South Asian community that has produced eminent Scientists, Doctors and Engineers but lacks Civic and political awareness,
Each participant of the program is required to raise a minimum of $500 for Oiste in order to graduate. The purpose of this exercise is to give participants hands on experience in fundraising, as this has proven to be one of the most challenging - yet necessary skills - to run for office. As an engineer I have no experience in fundraising and need your help. I hope that you will consider making a contribution of $25 or any amount to Oiste, which will help me achieve this personal fundraising goal, but more importantly, help raise awareness and build new leaders in both the South Asian and Latino communities.
Please note that your donation is tax-deductible (EIN No. 02-3553964). Oiste will provide a receipt upon request.
You can donate instantly through this secure site and as I only have a few days I hope you'll take the time to do so right now. Please pull out your debit/credit card right now and help this worthy cause. $2, $5, $12, whatever you can contribute will really help me and countless other future leaders in South Asian community.
Mushtaque A. Mirza
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