Tuesday, October 18, 2016

OC Weekly's Gabriel San Roman to receive ADC Truth in Media Award

ADC Orange County announces Gabriel San Román from the OC Weekly as the 2016 Truth in Media award recipient. Gabriel San Román is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Anaheim, California. He worked as co-producer on the daily drive time Uprising morning show on KPFK Pacifica Radio and produced numerous segments about Middle Eastern politics and Arab-American culture. In print, he's written about Anaheim's Little Arabia countless times and wrote a 2015 OC Weekly cover story about the assassination of Alex Odeh upon its 30th anniversary. San Román has been a tireless voice against anti-Arab discrimination and Islamophobia. He began authoring articles for the Orange County Weekly in 2006 and has since become a Staff Writer.

The Alex Odeh Memorial Banquet is on Sunday, October 23rd. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Tickets are available at www.adc.org. Deadline to purchase reduced price tickets is October 21. After this deadline, tickets will be available for $125 at the door.

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Ahmed Ahmed is back... at the United Shades Of Ahmedica

The United Shades Of Ahmedica

World Famous Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed is returning to his hometown in Riverside, CA to perform and film his first hour special!
He'll be hosting a VIP after party upstairs at The Fox Theater for invited guests and North High Alumni. Ray Welch will be dj'ing!!

Please get tickets at www.LiveNation.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Here's what Arab Americans are doing to mobilize the community to vote!

The Arab American Civic Council, an Orange County-based grassroots organization dedicated to empowering the Arab American community, recently launched its voter outreach campaign to encourage Arab Americans in Orange County and throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area to vote the upcoming election.

Nationally, AACC has partnered with the Arab American Institute’s effort to register voters through its Yalla Vote campaign, in which Arab American organizations nationwide are participating in voter registration drives. AACC’s volunteers along with Access California Services, an Arab American social services organizations, are on the ground registering voters at community events and gatherings. Our volunteers have tabled at the Palestine Picnic Day, the opening reception of ‘A Country Called Syria’, and in front of Fresh Choice Marketplace in Little Arabia to register new voters across Orange County and beyond.

One of the most important races locally is the Anaheim City Council race under the new district elections, which is why AACC partnered with a wide range of local organizations to host two candidate forums. The first forum was held on Friday, September 30th at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, and the second one is planned to be held on Monday, October 24th at the Arab American Community Center in Anaheim: Click here for details about the forum.
Additionally, in an effort to engage the Arab American community in the presidential race, the AACC hosted a presidential debate watch party this past Sunday at Little Arabia’s El Mahroosa Cafe and Hookah Lounge. More than 40 community members attend the event over delicious Middle Eastern cuisine and participated in the discussion through social media.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Forget Hillary & Trump and join the debate that matters!

This election should be more about local elections than the presidential one. The outcome of each local election has more direct effect on a citizen's future than what we all get distracted with, in this year's case: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. And with the Electoral College determining which candidate our state's votes will go to, there are less reasons to focus on the presidential election, which is why it's important to know local candidates and learn about the ballot propositions.

Join the Arab American Civic Council, CAIR-LA, and ACLU-Southern California for an election forum:

WHAT: Anaheim City Council candidates forum

WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

WHERE: Islamic Institute of Orange County, 1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

California State Controller Betty Yee Endorses Farrah Khan for Irvine City Council

Irvine City Council Candidate Farrah N. Khan announced today that she has officially received the endorsement of State Controller Betty Yee.

“I am pleased to endorse Farrah N. Khan for Irvine City Council,” said Yee. “She will put her corporate, small business, and community-based experience to work for the residents and businesses of Irvine. Farrah’s demonstrated record of bringing diverse interests together as Executive Director of the Interfaith Council will serve the growing needs of Irvine well.”

Yee was elected in 2014 as California's State Controller. She previously represented 21 counties in northern and central California as a member of the Board of Equalization. As Controller, Yee is the State's Chief Financial Officer. She also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards.

Farrah N. Khan expressed gratitude upon receiving Yee's endorsement.

“Betty Yee is one of our state’s most admired leaders, and I am excited to work with her to get things done for the Irvine community,” said Khan.

Just last week, Khan was endorsed by Former Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang.

Farrah N. Khan is a candidate for Irvine City Council on the November 8, 2016 General Election Ballot.

Mrs. Khan is the Executive Director of the Newport Irvine Mesa Interfaith Council, former Irvine Community Services Commissioner, retired biotechnology executive, and small business owner in Irvine. To learn more about her campaign visit: www.electfarrah.org

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Lebanese American comedian featured on Comedy Central announces Irvine show

NEMR was featured on Comedy Central’s ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’
IRVINE, Calif. -- The Network of Arab American Professionals, Los Angeles (NAAP-LA) announced earlier this week that it’s partnering with comedian Nemr Abou Nassar for a show at the Irvine Improv Comedy Club on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Nemr is a San Diego-born Lebanese-American Stand-Up Comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East where he performs in English.
As an accomplished comic with seven full feature specials, it’s no wonder Nemr’s latest tour was met with unprecedented success, selling out prestigious venues such as Caroline’s in New York, the Wilbur Theatre in Boston and the Novo (formerly Club Nokia) in Los Angeles making his international tour the first global comedy event to successfully stretch from the US to the Middle East, with continued sellouts in Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Michigan, Cleveland, Oman, Qatar, Dubai, Jordan, and Lebanon where he set a new crowd record with 5,000 people in one night. Nemr has numerous television credits from major networks in the Middle East, has been seen on CNN and recently appeared on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (Click to watch). He has also released two feature specials as cinematic experiences and his own prime time TV show.  In May of 2014 he was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (Middle East) solidifying Nemr’s legacy as the biggest name in stand up in the Middle East.
WHO: Nemr Abou Nassar & NAAP-LA! WHAT: NEMR Live in Irvine - Stand up comedy by Lebanese American Comedian Nemr! Tickets of the Irvine show are available here: http://irvine.improv.com/event.cfm?id=452788
WHEN: Wednesday, December. 14, at 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

WHERE: Irvine Improv Comedy Club

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Anti-BDS Bill Headed to California Senate Floor #StopAB2844

AB 2844, the anti-free speech anti-BDS bill, passed the California Senate Appropriations Committee on August 11 and is set to head to the Senate floor for a vote in the next few days. Six members of the committee voted in support of the bill while Sen. Jim Beall of Campbell was absent for the vote. 

The US Campaign to End the Occupation sent out an action alert to urge State Senators to vote against the bill. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

California's Anti-BDS Bill in 'Suspense File'

Gov. Jerry Brown marching with Cesar Chavez in support of farm workers
Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee voted to send the anti-free speech, anti-BDS bill AB 2844 to suspense.  On August 11, bills in the suspense file will either be passed out for a floor vote or remain in and expire.

The Suspense file is a holding place for bills which carry appropriations over a specific dollar amount. Bills are generally held on the suspense file before the adoption of the Budget Bill and just before the summer recess.

In its analysis of the bill, the Department of Finance opposed it because "it would result in additional costs without providing additional protections against discrimination beyond existing state law. This bill merely requires self certification of compliance with existing law, yet incurs costs to the General Fund, which is inconsistent with the current budget."  Here's the DOF's summary of the bill:
This bill requires a person who submits a bid or proposal to a state agency, or who otherwise proposes to enter into or renew a contract with a state agency, to certify that they have complied with the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Unruh Civil Rights (Unruh) Act. 
The Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates costs of approximately $1 million and four additional permanent staff positions to receive and investigate complaints, and to litigate as necessary. Costs would depend on the number of noncompliance claims initiated. The Department of General Services (DGS) indicates this bill would result in unknown, potentially significant costs to the extent that there are contractors who would be unable to make the required certification. In general, exclusion of bidders from contracts can result in higher contract prices, and thus higher costs to the state and local governments.
AB2844, which was opposed by dozens of civil rights groups across the state, was first introduced in January and has been amended several times. Read my op-ed in the Voice of OC about the bill here. The Los Angeles Times published this editorial opposing the bill.

This bill, along with similar ones in more than 20 states, are the result of a campaign to suppress Palestine human rights activism in the U.S. Israel's interest in restricting this activism should not override our constitutional right to advocate for change.

Contact the Senate Appropriations Committee members to voice your opposition to the bill, and encourage them to keep it in Suspense (and let it die), and contact your State Senator to encourage her/him to vote no if it comes out of Suspense.