Thursday, June 18, 2015

Arab America Launches Online Courses "Understanding the Arab American Community"

As a leading provider of digital media to Arab Americans, Arab America announces the launch of its new online school, Arab America Academy.  Arab America has developed the educational platform to offer a multitude of online courses on the Arab-American community's history, language, religion, culture, and traditions.


The negative headlines in the Middle East coupled with the stereotypical and denigrating images of Arabs in the media have made it increasingly imperative that we foster and uphold a positive relationship with Arab-Americans and actively make an effort to understand the community and their identity. As the first educational platform designed and developed by Arab-Americans, Arab America Academy represents an attempt to deconstruct existing misunderstandings and mis- representations.  

"As part of our mission to provide education, we are confident that Arab America Academy will further this goal to provide accurate information to the public about Arab-Americans and the Arab World," said Warren David, President of Arab America.  He went on to say, "Arab America Academy will ensure that our community's narrative is preserved and told first-hand." 

The launch of Arab America Academy will be accompanied by the debut of its first course available for purchase, entitled "Understanding the Arab American Community". This course as well as the broader Academy are ideal for government agencies, corporations, educators, healthcare specialists, media professionals, state and local municipalities, law enforcement, or other organizations and institutions that engage with the Arab American community.  

Arab America Academy is also in the process of preparing an introductory Arabic language course in addition to a course on the elements of Arab culture.  Upon completion of a course, a certificate of compliance will be issued to the student from
Arab America Academy.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

..and the winner of 2015 Nagi Daifallah Social Justice Award is..


Flag Day 2015
15th Annual Orange County
Celebration of our Flag
Saturday, June 13
12 Noon Lunch / 1:pm Program / Adjourn prior to 3PM
Nagi Daifallah Social Justice Award
Rima Nashashibi



Consuelo Nieto Patriotic Activism Award
Nellie Diaz
Chauncey Alexander Social Activism Award
BACA
(Bikers Against Child Abuse)
Gladys Mason Labor Award
Debra Hurd
Location: International Brotherhood of Teamsters 952 Union Hall
140 S. Marks
City of Orange, CA 92868
All American Menu
Suggested Admission $10 Complimentary for Veterans and First Responders in uniform
For tickets and reservations contact
72nd Assembly Democratic Alliance
P.O. Box 3628,
Huntington Beach, CA 92605
For additional information
visit our website:
www. 72ndada.com


UFW MARTYR - NAGI DAIFALLAH – SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD



On the morning of August 15, 1973, Nagi Daifallah, a young Arab member of the UFW died from injuries inflicted by Deputy Sheriff Gilbert Cooper of the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Nagi had come to this country from his native Yemen looking for a better life.
Nagi was 24 years old when he was killed. He was 5 feet tall and weighed 100 lbs. Unlike many of his fellow workers, he had learned English and could communicate well. Many times he had served as an interpreter for UFW organizers, he was always very active in union issues and was known as a leader amongst the Arab workers.
At approximately 1:15 a.m. on August 15, a group of about 15 UFW members were present at the Smokehouse CafĂ© in Lamont, California. A Kern County Sheriff’s Department vehicle arrived. One of the 3 officers in the car, Deputy Gilbert Cooper, began harassing a UFW member and picket captain.
Deputy Cooper attempted to arrest the picket captain for disturbing the peace. Such an arrest was in keeping with the continued campaign of harassment and arrests of UFW picket captains by the Sheriff’s during the grape strike of 1973.
Protesting the arrest, Deputy Cooper, singled out Nagi and started harassing him. Nagi tried to get away and Cooper began chasing him as he ran north on the sidewalk. Deputy Cooper caught up behind Nagi and, without any warning to halt, swung a long, 5‐cell, metal flashlight and struck Nagi in the back of the head. Cooper, 6 feet tall and more than 200 pounds, delivered such a forceful blow to the 5 foot, 100 pound Nagi that he severed Nagi’s spinal cord from the base of his skull. Nagi fell to his knees from the viciousness of the blow and then crumpled face forward to the sidewalk, unconscious and bleeding profusely from his head.
Two Sheriff’s Deputies then turned Nagi on his back, seized him by the wrists and dragged him, head dangling and bouncing on the pavement, for sixty feet, leaving a massive trail of blood all the way. They left his body lying in the gutter near the rear door of the police car. Three other striking workers were arrested after their unanswered pleadings for the officers to call an ambulance for their fallen brother. After Nagi’s funeral service at the UFW Headquarters, thousands upon thousands escorted his body to the Bakersfield Airport for his burial in his homeland.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

After the Taliban, Rohrabacher's New Best Friend is Sisi

We all remember when Orange County Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher palled around with the Taliban decades ago. Things haven't changed much except his new besties include Egyptian military dictator Sisi.

After he recently praised the widely-boycotted Netanyahu speech and urged Congress to invite Sisi, Rohrabacher just checked in Sharm El Sheikh resort (paid for by YOU, the American tax payer) on his Facebook page, where a large "economic" conference is being held.

A new capital city project was announced today and a multi-billion dollar contract with a UAE-based company was signed without any discussion in the Egyptian parliament.  The UAE was reportedly involved in financing the military's takeover and ouster of elected-president Morsi.

VOTERS IN THE 48th District: STOP re-electing this idiot. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Rep. Rohrabacher Praises War Criminal Netanyahu Speech, Urges Invitation to Military Dictator al-Sisi

Crazy Dana's press release was issued today:


WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, praising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, said he has asked House Speaker John Boehner to invite Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to address the legislative body as well.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu made his point and made it well,” said the California Republican, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. “His speech today to my congressional colleagues needed to be heard. The survival of Israel and indeed the peace of the world are at stake if the Obama administration does not drop its delusional notions of how to deal with the mad mullahs of Iran.

“Congress needs to hear directly from the key leaders of the Middle East. That is why I have urged Speaker Boehner to invite Egypt’s President el-Sisi to follow with his own speech to a joint session. The Egyptian leader has made his country a bulwark against the spread of Islamic terrorism and has called for reforms within the Islamic world so that it may live in peace and harmony with the modern world.”

In his letter to Speaker Boehner, delivered last week, Rohrabacher wrote: “Egypt has been and continues to be one of America’s strongest allies in the Arab world. The Egyptian government has been a steadfast partner in the war on terrorism. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, al-Qaeda connected terrorist groups have emerged in Egypt and are attempting to topple their democratically elected government. It is imperative that the United States show our resolve to support democracy in Egypt and oppose the efforts of violent terrorists.

“I wish to bring to your attention a significant and courageous speech by President al-Sisi calling for reform in the Islamic faith. We should take note that this major leader in the Middle East is choosing to stand with those voices in the Islamic community who are advocating tolerance while standing up to Islamic extremists .

“President al-Sisi is a key global leader whom the United States should strongly support standing up to Islamic extremists. Egypt is at a crossroads but has a strong leader that gives hope for increased security and prosperity in Egypt and the region.”

Rohrabacher is co-founder, with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-CA, of the House Egypt Caucus.



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Thursday, February 12, 2015

CA Democrats' Arab-American Caucus Chair Calls on Assm. Melendez to Issue Apology for Offensive Comments Directed at Muslims

Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Arab-American Caucus, Sarah Moussa, Calls on Assemblymember Melissa Melendez to Issue Apology for Offensive Comments Directed at Muslims


Assemblymember Melissa Melendez’s recent social media comments in response to the murder of Kayla Mueller were profoundly misguided and deeply offensive to people of Islamic faith. In addition, we would like to point out to the Assemblymember that comments painting all members of a single faith with a broad brush have far-reaching consequences that reverberate not only throughout the state, but throughout our nation. The same day that the Assemblywoman posted her offensive tweet, three young, innocent Muslim students were murdered in North Carolina.

We ask the Assemblymember to issue an apology to her constituents, many whom are of the Muslim faith.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

8 Little Arabia Highlights of 2014

2014 marked another milestone for Little Arabia District when thousands of brochures promoting the district's businesses were distributed at hotels and tourist destinations in and around Anaheim. Here's my list of  Little Arabia highlights of 2014 (in no particular order): 
  • Little Arabia District website and brochures launched in August. Millions of tourists who come to the city of Anaheim from across the US and the world had the opportunity to be exposed to Little Arabia District. The brochures are now available at more than 160 locations, mostly at hotels near Disneyland.
  • During the State of the City address, an event held by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Jan. 28th, Mayor Tom Tait encouraged more than 600 attendees to visit Little Arabia and try some of the best authentic food in Orange County. "We all know that Anaheim has some of the most authentic and diverse neighborhoods in the state. Our city is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Take for example, Brookhurst Street, or as the locals refer to it, Little Arabia. Home to halal butcher shops, restaurants, beauty salons, travel agencies, bakeries and more, this neighborhood is really a cultural destination in our city. Whether you are stopping by Olive Tree for delicious lamb or picking up some baklava at Papa Hassan's, Little Arabia gives visitors a different experience than a typical convention city."   With a renewed community push to designate Little Arabia, media coverage of local efforts to promote the area during the weeks following the speech included national media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, Aljazeera America, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and OC Weekly. 
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yemeni revolutionary leader Tawakkol Karman delivers keynote address at the annual banquet of CAIR-LA, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights group, at the Anaheim Hilton. 

  • Video of Olive Tree Restaurant owner Alan Abdo ripping up a Congressional certificate goes viral after Rep. Loretta Sanchez appeared on KNBC stating that she would support an Israeli ground incursion in Gaza last summer. 

  • Following the summer's Israeli aggression against Gaza, the Anaheim-based Gaza-native immigration lawyer Akram Abusharar filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to "cease all military aid to all Israelis and the Israeli government" and to deny Israeli military officers U.S. entry by declaring "them persona non grata."  Abusharar's family's home in the Gaza Strip was bombed by the Israeli military. The OC Weekly reported that Abusharar believes Kerry and Hagel have repeatedly violated laws including the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, a measure he says bans military equipment transfers to nations that grossly violate human rights.
  • Many of us longtime Little Arabia loyalists spent countless evenings at a popular restaurant/hookah cafe known as Andaluz five years ago. The restaurant, which also hosted several NAAP Mixers in 2010, has been closed since 2011. The good news is, it has recently re-opened under the name El Mahroosa Cafe & Hookah Lounge. If you haven't been there yet, stop by and order some of the delicious home-made meals made by Chef Um Alaa, and order that lemon-mint juice.
  • Nahla Kayali, Founder and Executive Director of Access California Service - a Little Arabia-based social services organization that serves immigrant and low income families, receives the Champion of Change award by the White House on Cesar Chavez Day.. Congratulations! 
See highlights from previous years: 2012 - 2011 - 2010

Monday, November 03, 2014

2014's Top Pro-Israel PAC Money Recipient in Congress is..

.. a Republican from Orange County and
Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee Ed Royce (of Fullerton) is the top recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in the House of Representatives' current races.

Perhaps that explains why his office hasn't yet scheduled a requested meeting with a group of peace activists in his district regarding the assault on Gaza.

Read the full report (by Washington Report on the Middle East Affairs) HERE