On Thursday, March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club will host Azim Khamisa as its featured guest speaker at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, located at 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach.
Committing his life to halting the continuing cycle of violence among youth, Khamisa became a social activist after his 20-year-old son, Tariq, was murdered in 1995 by a 14-year- old while delivering pizzas. Out of unspeakable grief, Khamisa was inspired to transform his loss through the miraculous power of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge. Believing there were “victims at both ends of the gun,” Khamisa forgave the young man who killed his son and founded the Tariq Foundation to break the cycle of youth violence by saving lives, teaching peace and planting seeds of hope in their future. His anti-youth violence programs have reached millions through international speaking, public and corporate workshops, video and audio recordings and four published books, including the award-winning “From Murder to Forgiveness” and the Random House book “The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit,” coauthored with Jillian Quinn.
Khamisa has received over 65 humanitarian awards from people and organizations as diverse as the Dalai Llama, the White House, the Children’s Defense Fund, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Child Safety Network. This month Khamisa was appointed as President to the Child Safety Network in CSN’s continuing mission to make America a safer place for children. He is also the founder and National Director of the Constant and Never Ending Improvement program. In June 2004, Khamisa participated in the Synthesis Dialogues, with His Holiness the Dalai Llama, held at the Pope’s summer residence in Castelgandolfo, Italy. A not-to-be-missed speaker, Azim’s profound work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, People Magazine, U.S.A. Today, Oprah Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, Nightly News, CBS’s Early Morning Show and KPBS’s Fresh Air.
Autographed copies of Khamisa’s books will be available for purchase following his presentation. Members: $15. Guests: $25. RSF Democratic Club membership: $50 annually. For more information or to RSVP, please call Maria McEneany at 858-759-2620 or Maureen Sweeney at 619-990-4748.