Sabeel Annual International Media Training, Dearborn Michigan
We are happy to announce we have some new team members who just moved to Michigan from Virginia to serve alongside us. They have moved into our local community here in the Dearborn area and have been learning and getting oriented to our work. They are already VERY qualified in media strategies and have been working for decades in the media as well as recently completing an International Media Services training that is offered by one of our partners.
We believe that one of the best ways for our new team members to continue to increase their engagement in creating life-transforming media and interacting well with our community is for them to attend the 8th Annual International Media Consultation beginning March 21st.
Middle East Dialogue 2018: A New Collective Vision, Washington D.C.
Friday, March 23, 2018
The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Register for the Middle East Dialogue 2018!
The 2018 Middle East Dialogue: A New Collective Vision promises a venue rich with discussions and insights regarding issues crucial to the Middle East. You are kindly invited by the Policy Studies Organization to attend this year’s conference. We have an exemplary selection of scholars, policymakers, national representatives, business and nonprofit leaders in this year’s program. It is our hope that interested parties and friends of the PSO will join in on the discussions and networking opportunities at 2018 MED. For this reason, recipients of this message, and their guests, will receive courtesy registrations for this year’s conference. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
We kindly ask that if you are interested in attending, register at: http://www.ipsonet.org/conferences/middle-east-dialogue/med18program.
The purpose of the Middle East Dialogue is to promote multidisciplinary conversation about topics that include, but are not limited to, education initiatives, social, economic, and political reforms, nuclear proliferation, interfaith dialogue, women’s gains and challenges, peace initiatives, and potential areas of conflict in the Middle East. We embrace a spectrum of political and religious persuasions to discuss issues in a spirit of tolerance and free discourse.
We appreciate your consideration and your passing along of the invitation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
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Development and Programs Associate
Policy Studies Organization
1527 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
For more information visit: http://www.ipsonet.org
Rashida Tlaib kicks off campaign for Congress, Detroit
Former Michigan legislator seeks to succeed Congressman John Conyers who represented Michigan’s 13th District since 2013. Conyers has served 52 years in office. He resigned from office in the wake of sexual harassment allegations in December 2017. The Democratic Primary election is August 7, 2018
Meeting every family, walking through all our neighborhoods on foot, and having real conversations is the heart of our historic campaign. We have won in the past because of our grassroots effort to make sure it’s about the voters.
We’re not about to change that now.
We have an ambitious plan to reach every single voter of this district – going door to door, neighborhood to neighborhood, showing voters firsthand our work ethic and hands on approach to public service. It is bold, but I know it can be done with incredible supporters like yourself.
So please join me on Saturday, March 24 to kick off our campaign with the people who will fuel it – our volunteers!
Come check out the campaign headquarters, get your official Rashida for Congress t-shirt, and be a part of our historic launch.
Rashida For Congress Campaign Kickoff
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Shift Start Times: 10 AM; 1 PM; 4 PM
RSVP for one, two, or all three shifts!
17405 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219
Food (and fun) provided
Knocking doors and talking to voters is what will win this election. Let’s kick it off together on Saturday, March 24.
Always serving you,
Lebanese American University Gala New York City
The Lebanese American University will host its 6th Annual Gala Banquet Dinner on April 6, 2018 beginning at 6 pm at the New York City Athletic Club.
Lebanese American University | New York Headquarters and Academic Center, 211 East 46th Street, NEW YORK, NY 10017.
For more information, visit the Lebanese American University New York campus website at
A Jewish-Christian Journey to Palestinian Solidarity
Speaker Robert Cohen spent ten years as a reporter and producer for BBC news and is now part of the corporate communications team for the UK’s larger consumer Co-op.
Cohen lives in North Yorkshire with his wife and their four children. A light meal will be served at 4 pm, bring something to share!
Saturday April 7 at 2:30 pm
First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301
Berlin Arab Fim Festival April 11- 18
ALFILM – 9th Arab Film Festival Berlin
April 11 – 18, 2018
Cinemas Arsenal, fsk, City Kino Wedding, Kino Wolf
• First Films of the OFFICIAL SELECTION
• SPOTLIGHT: Reflections on Arab Masculinities
Berlin, March 12, 2018 – In its 9th edition ALFILM offers insights into the cinema of the Arab world and the Arab diaspora with current fiction and documentary films in the OFFICIAL SELECTION – among them festival darlings, German premieres and exciting newcomers as well as three short film programs.
The side section SPOTLIGHT, that alternates yearly with the RETROSPECTIVE, treats the topic Reflections on Arab Masculinities. It addresses the ever-changing concepts and interrogations of the concept of masculinity in Arab cinema from the 1970s to today. A panel discussion and an audiovisual lecture will offer deeper insights into the subject and Arab film history.
This SPOTLIGHT section is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – first highlights
The 9th ALFILM opens with BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (Kaouther Ben Hania, FR/TUN/SWE/NOR/LEB/CH/QAT 2017). Mariam is celebrating with her friends at a student party, where she meets Youssef and leaves the party with him. The rest of the evening turns into a tour de force for a young woman that is forced to fight for her rights and dignity. Inspired by a true story, the film paints an atmospheric picture of post-revolution Tunisia in which the old power structures are by no means overcome, and where Mariam’s fight for justice is a female self-assertion against the system. The film had its premiere at the Cannes Festival in 2017.
In presence of the main actress, in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
WAJIB (Annemarie Jacir, PAL/FR/COL/DEU/UAE/QAT/NOR 2017) It is Wajib – an obligation – that leads Shadi (Saleh Bakri) back from Rome to his hometown Nazareth. His sister Amal’s wedding is approaching and according to tradition Shadi has to personally hand over the wedding invitations to all guests alongside his divorced father Abu Shadi (Saleh Bakri’s father Mohammad Bakri). Old personal and political conflicts arise along the path. The film humorously examines the singularities of this Christian milieu where family secrets are kept as confidential as political issues.
In MY PARADISE (Ekrem Heydo, GER/KUR-SYR 2016), an old class picture leads director Heydo after 25 years back to his hometown Serê Kaniyê (Ras el-Ain) in the Kurdish part of Northern Syria. The photo depicts the multiethnic society of Arabs, Kurds, Chechens and Armenians, split in different ethnic and confessional camps since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War. Ekrem Heydo does not reunite with all of his classmates. This journey into the past becomes a search for the foundation of living side-by-side in a politically unstable region.
In presence of the director
With 17 (Widad Shafakoj, Jordan 2017) ALFILM presents a documentary that follows the Jordanian under-17 women’s football team in their preparation for the under-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Jordan in 2016. The players with diverse social and athletic backgrounds, face a great challenge: they will come up against the best players of their league. 17 is a sensible homage to the willpower these girls have to muster up in a traditional country for a sport that is still a male domain.
This year’s SPOTLIGHT will be opened by the Lebanese documentary ROOM FOR A MAN(Anthony Chidiac, LBN/USA 2017). Out of a room decorated in baroque interior, a camera focuses on the outside world. The camera becomes the filmmakers mediator and accomplice in his autobiographical exploration of concepts of manhood and belonging. Between a dominant mother, an absent father and the Syrian construction workers renovating Anthony’s teenage bedroom, the reconstruction of a queer identity between Argentina and Lebanon takes place. In presence of the director
A classic of Arab cinema, OMAR GATLATO (Merzak Allouache, ALG 1976), presents masculinity and machism as central elements to the life of Omars, who shares a crowded apartment with his family in Algier. He cockily roams the streets of his city with this friends and experiences romantic phantasies in Bollywood movies, but his true passion is music. Though real encounters with the opposite sex make him insecure, hearing the voice of mysterious Selma on a second-hand cassette, makes him fall under her spell.
In the double feature MAJNOUNAK and CINEMA FOUAD male sexuality and transsexuality take centre stage: In MAJNOUNAK: On Men, Sex and the City (Akram Zaatari, LBN 1997/2016) the filmmaker asks several men along Beirut’s coast to give an in-depth account of a specific sexual encounter in 1997. The resulting portraits were reassembled and remastered in 2016. CINEMA FOUAD (Mohammed Soueid, LBN 1994) paints an intimate portrait of Syrian transsexual Khaled El Kurdi, drawing a line from everyday scenes to El Kurdis work as a dancer in a Beiruti nightclub to his involvement as a fighter in the Lebanese Civil War.
In addition to that a Lecture by Rasha Salti within the framework of the SPOTLIGHT „Reflections on Arab Masculinities“ will be presented. Rasha Salti is a curator and author living between Berlin and Beirut. She curated international exhibitions and film series about different Arab cinematographies and art forms and is currently working as an editor for the documentary format „La Lucarne“ at Arte.
A Panel discussion with film guests Merzak Allouache, Mohammad Hammad, Mohamed Soueid and Eliane Raheb furthers explores the topic of the SPOTLIGHT section.
Specials: A program around „70 years Nakba“ – including a lecture by filmmaker and producer Mohanad Yaqubi and films by Mustafa Abu Ali, Mohamad Malas and Kamal Aljafari.
The full festival program with detailed information will be available on www.alfilm.de from 26th of March 2018 on.
On the 28th of March 2018 a press screening of this year’s ALFILM program will take place in Kino Arsenal at 12 pm.
Ray Hanania on Detroit Arab Radio 2nd Friday of every month
Ray Hanania’s Radio Show “Yalla! Fight Back” can be heard every 2nd Friday live in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 radio from 8 AM until 9 AM EST.
You can listen to it anywhere in the world live online (7 AM in Chicago; 5 AM Los Angeles; 2 pm Jerusalem; 3 pm Saudi Arabia). (Check your time zone for 8 AM EST).
To listen online to the live radio show click this link: https://tunein.com/radio/WNZK-690-s21615/
Join the conversation live by calling (United States 011) 248-557-3300.
“Yalla! Fight Back” is a part of “Good Morning Michigan” broadcast every morning Monday thru Friday on WNZK AM 690 radio from 8 am to 9 am EST (Detroit time) and hosted by veteran journalist and radio host Laila Alhusini. The show is produced by US Arab Radio
The live radio talk show features guests and calls from listeners. Listeners are encouraged to share their views on topics that include the Middle East, Arab World, Syrians, Palestinians, Muslims, Arabs and Muslims in Dearborn and Detroit, Arab American politics, mainstream politics, and more.
Call in and tell the world what you think. People listen to the show around the world by tuning in online.
For more information and to download past radio show podcasts visit Ray Hanania’s personal website at www.TheDailyHookah.com
J Street Convention Washington D.C.
Just over two months from now, thousands of people will come together in Washington, DC for the largest event in J Street’s history at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW Washington, DC. The event will mark J Street’s 10th anniversary. You won’t want to miss it.
Over the past ten years, the political power you have built as J Street members has made our conference a destination for activists, diplomats and elected officials who share our values and the core belief that responsible US leadership can make this world a better place.
Since his election, President Trump has also demonstrated the consequences of irresponsible American leadership. His administration’s extreme foreign policy seems to have taken aim at precisely the issues most dear to us.
That’s why it’s so important that in 2018, you don’t stay home. If you’ve ever considered showing up for J Street’s National Conference, this is the year to do it.
Show up to hear from candidates and members of Congress and learn how you can make a difference during the vital 2018 election.
Show up to speak out on the issues that matter most to you as we ascend Capitol Hill to meet with Congress on Advocacy Day.
Early bird rates expire Thursday at midnight, so now is the time to register.
I hope to see you in April,
J Street Director of Events and Marketing>
Join thousands of pro-Israel, pro-peace leaders and advocates and make your voice heard in Washington, DC.
Coinciding with J Street’s 10th anniversary, the J Street National Conference will be a vital opportunity to speak out for the kind of Israel and the kind of American politics we need to see. Gathering in Washington, DC, we’ll showcase the weight that we’re mobilizing behind the fight for democracy, tolerance and diplomacy-first policies that advance a better future.
At the conference you will learn about what’s going on in the region from world-class experts and senior political leaders, strategize with innovators and activists working to solve the conflict, connect with other committed supporters from around the country and join us as we send a strong message to Congress. Just six months before the crucial 2018 midterms elections, our conference will be a gathering place for those working towards transformational political change.
We’ll take stock of our movement’s decade of impressive accomplishments and growth, and gear up for the difficult and important work that lies ahead of us.
15th Annual Images & Perception Diversity Conference
15th Annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference Thursday, April 19, 2018
WISHING YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
WE WISH YOU LOVE, JOY, PEACE AND A WORLD THAT WILL EMBRACE ALL THREE!
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL IMAGES AND PERCEPTIONS DIVERSITY CONFERENCE APRIL 19, 2018 AT THE FORD COMMUNITY AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
The Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference Team
Call us for:
Individualized Cultural Competency Diversity Training
26300 Ford Road #122
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Phone: (313) 910-1955 Fax: (313) 359-2676
Web Site: www.3DConsults.com
ACLU to receive award from Arab American Institute
The Arab American Institute Foundation will host its 20th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.
The Black Tie reception begins at 5:30 PM
This years awardees include:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Award for Institutional Excellence
The Honorable Senator Frances Black
Award for Individual Achievement
José Andrés & World Central Kitchen
Award for International Commitment
The Honorable Marcelle M. Wahba
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service
Reservations at the J.W. Marriott can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-393-2503 or visiting the Gibran Awards J.W. Marriott reservation page.