Arab Voices Community Calendar/Announcements
 
   

The events listed below are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by Arab Voices. Listing them on this site is a service to the community to be aware of activities and events in the Greater Houston Area. To include an event on this calendar, send e-mail to info@arabvoices.net.
 
 
 2015 Events

Click here for a list of UPCOMING events._

   
 

December 24-27, 2015  -  Texas Dawah Convention

Click here for more information.
 


 

December 19, 2015  -  ACC Health Fair
 
On that day, we’re offering Health Screenings & Flu Shots (ALL IN FREE).
   
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
For more information, call (832) 351-3366.

Click here for event flyer.  
  


  

December 19, 2015  -  SAC Advocacy Training

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Mazaj Cafe, 5810 Beverly Hill St, Houston, Texas 77057
 
Come hear all the updates from Syrian American Council Houston Chapter. Together we'll organize advocacy efforts to help Syria. Also, as Houston welcomes Syrian refugees our community will need to be ready with resources to help with the transition.

Two speakers are from SAC National, here to provide advocacy training to the Houston community.

SPEAKERS UPDATE:

Omar is the Director of Public Relations and Outreach at SAC where he focuses on strategic communications, and coalition building with interest groups, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. He also serves as a liaison between local chapters and the national office to organize letter-writing, call-in, and district meeting campaigns to Congress.

Omar has over five years of research experience working in think tanks and policy organizations in Washington D.C. including working for two years for at the Middle East Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he focused on Syria and Egypt. He also worked as a Summer Associate in the U.S. House of Representatives at the Congressional Budget Office’s National Security Division where he worked on analyzing U.S. defense policy.

He has briefed policymakers in the executive branch and Congress and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs on the Syrian crisis, and has spoken about the crisis at Princeton University, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute. He is the author of many reports on Syria for numerous think tanks which have been quoted in the New York Times, Reuters, and the Associated Press. His articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Syria Deeply, Al-Hayat, and other publications.

Omar holds a M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from American University, a J.D. in law from Catholic University, and a B.S. in Political Science from Radford University.

AND

Suzanne Meriden is the Director of Operations at SAC where she manages day to day operations. She has been a member of SAC since 2013, and was most recently the Government Relations Chair for SAC-LA where she successfully lobbied congress members in her area. Her past lobbying experience has produced a bill sponsored by several congress members in the state of California.

Suzanne has held multiple retail corporate management and operations management positions with American and Japanese retailers with focus on hiring, training and store logistics.

She is fluent in English, French, Arabic, and Turkish and holds a B.A. in International Business from California State University.
 
Light breakfast will be provided.

MUST RSVP EMAIL: syrianamericancouncilhouston@gmail.com
 
 


  

December 18, 2015  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
 
As we are approaching the end of 2015, and with the Holidays season around the corner, the Ladies' group would like to invite you to our fourth gathering celebration of the holidays on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Games, Music, and Bazaar sale from different vendors
• Wear Red or Green
• Bring a gift up to $5.00 For gift exchange
• Bring a Savory Dish to Share
 
Date: December 18, 2015
Time: 6-9pm
Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Kids will have to be in a separate room with the babysitter, No exceptions please!
We also kindly ask all mothers to help watch after their kids. The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child.

To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
    


  

December 17, 2015  -  "Why would a Muslim ever do this?" "Why do people hate Muslims?" "What does all of this violence have anything to do with me?"
 
Questions like these are what may be asked by your own children. Donald Trump's rhetoric, the Paris attacks, and the San Bernardino shootings have fueled this fire and created a further hostile environment for Muslim Americans, for our children.
 
While all of us are worried about radicalism, we are also dealing with potential safety threats at our masajid and Islamic schools. We, as a community, need to talk about the anxiety the current climate has caused and how we can navigate it.
 
Please join us tomorrow night in a conversation with PR specialist, Mustafa Tameez, to understand how to move forward proactively in building bridges with our community members, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, as well as how to best guide our children right now.
 
We look forward to see you and your family tomorrow at 7:30 at ILM Academy (1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043). Please RSVP to help us set up for this event. Thank you.
 
    


  

December 15, 2015  -  U.S. and Saudi Arabia After 9/11
 
Guest Speaker: Robert W. Jordan
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
 
Robert W. Jordan served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the crucial years after 9/11 from 2001 to 2003. During his service, Jordan worked closely with Crown Prince Abdullah and other Saudi leaders on sensitive issues of terrorism and human rights, while trying to maintain a positive relationship to ensure their cooperation with the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Simultaneously, he worked with top officials in Washington, including President Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice.

Ambassador Jordan will discuss these relationships as well as provide a candid and thoughtful assessment of the sometimes-distressing dysfunction in the conduct of American foreign policy, warfare, and intelligence gathering. He will also offer important insights into the political, economic, and social changes occurring in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
 
Date: December 15, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas
 
Please note onsite registration fees are $25 for non-members.
  
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
  
  


  

December 13, 2015  -  ISGH General Elections
 
Click here for more details.
  
   


   

December 12, 2015  -  "Our Journey, Success, and Future" Annual Fundraising Event

MAS Katy Center
 
Mark your calendar, Saturday, December 12th between 5:30pm - 8:30pm, our Annual Fundraising Event, Come learn about our Journey "our Success & Future". With guest speakers Ustadh Wisam Sharieff and Sheikh AbdeulRaouf Alkhawaldeh. Bring your family and enjoy the evening with lots of activities, prizes and dinner. Babysitting shall be provided.
       
   


  

December 7, 2015  -  Women in STEM in the Middle East and North Africa

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have made remarkable strides in education, but they remain grossly underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These women face numerous obstacles that continue to limit their ability to study or work in these fields.

This event seeks to identify and address the structural and cultural barriers preventing the entry and advancement of women in STEM professions in the MENA region. It also aims to promote a dialogue between stakeholders from academia, policymaking and industry to determine successful approaches to increasing the representation of women in STEM disciplines.

The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Women's Rights in the Middle East Program and the University of Houston.

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade of the U.A.E., will deliver the keynote address.

When: Mon, Dec. 7, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, 77005, Doré Commons

For more information, click here.
 


    
 

December 6, 2015  -  ISGH Elections Early Balloting
 
Click here for more details.
  
   


   

December 5, 2015  -  Houston Human Rights Festival

This is the first Houston Human Rights Day Festival, an educational and fun community experience for all ages. Celebrate with friends and family and find out more about the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ways that local organizations and individuals support and celebrate these rights in Houston and beyond.
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) will have a booth at this event. ACC chair of the board, Dr. Khalil, will give a brief introduction about the ACC around 1 pm. Show your support and join us from 1pm-4pm. We look forward to seeing many of you.
 
Date: December 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77010
 
For more information, visit www.yourhumanrights.org/Houston.
 

    


   
 

December 5, 2015  -  Kick4Palestine

Join us for the first ever Kickball Tournament hosted by SJP at the UH and PACC Houston! We invite everyone to join us on December 5th for a day of fundraising and activities.

We encourage everyone to sign up to participate in the event as a competitor or a spectator! Kickball will be the main event, but we will also have other activities for everyone to enjoy such as a henna booth, dabke, soccer/football/frisbee games, and a picture area for our website!

You can sign up as an awesome team of 9 or as an individual. We ask that each team donates $225 or $25 per player! This of course includes a FREE shirt, food, and beverages! :D You can pay individually using the Eventbrite link, but do know that your team won't be recognized as a full team until ALL members have submitted their payments. If you want to join, but don't have 8 friends, you can sign up as an individual and send us a Facebook message or email to sjphouston@gmail.com and we'll help you find a team.

If playing isn't your style, then we would love to see you join us as a spectator! For $10, spectators will have access to all the side activities and free food at the event! We'll have extra t-shirts on sale for those who would like to purchase them :)

As this is a fundraising event, we do need some volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer, we ask that you make the $10 donation as well, and you will receive a t-shirt, free food, and access to the activities in the time before and after your shift!
 
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Bear Creek Park, 3535 War Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77084
 
We look forward to seeing a great turn out and making this a fun and enjoyable event for everyone. Invite all your friends and help us make this a successful annual event!

Please use the below forms to register, and the Eventbrite link to make your payment(s):

Volunteer Registration form
Team Registration form
Eventbrite Payment form
 
As an alternative to Eventbrite, you may also make your payment(s) through PayPal if you have one. You can send your payment to sdsuhtx@gmail.com. This method of payment has no fee.

In solidarity,
SJP at UH Team
PACC Houston
   


 

December 5, 2015  -  Im Hussein & AJYAL Theatrical Group in the New Comedy

When: Saturday December 5, 2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Stafford Center Performing Arts Theatre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477

For more information, click here.
 


 

December 4, 2015  -  Maghrebian Night

A Family Event.
Join us and immerse into the Culture of North Africa.
 
Taste a large variety of Couscous from four regions: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Lybia.

Embark on a virtual visit of the Maghreb and its rich culture through a slide show presentation of artifacts, clothing, and landscape of those countries, all along the rythm of Maghrebine music.

Visit the booths for Harissa and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting!

Enjoy a cup of Mint Tea with a Maghrebian Dessert!

Children under 12 will be in a separate room, no exception please. (Babysitter available)
 
Babysitting, Fun Activities, Movie, and Pizza/drinks are all included in the Children ticket fee.
 

When: Friday December 4, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
All tickets need to be booked online and ahead of the event.
Adults: $10/person + Processing Fees
Children: $5/kid + Processing Fees (under 12 years old)
 
To register and purchase tickets, please click here. Ticket sales will close Wednesday December 2nd by Midnight.
 
We Look Forward to Seeing You!
 
For any questions:  Please call (832) 351-3366

   


   
 

December 3, 2015  -  Islam in Liberalism
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston warmly invites you to a talk by Professor Joseph Massad of Columbia University.
 
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Location: University of Houston, Agnes Arnold Hall, Room 110, 3553 Cullen Blvd., Houston,  77204
 
Parking Information: http://www.uh.edu/maps/buildings/?short_name=ah

Joseph Massad is Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He is the author of Islam in Liberalism (Chicago, 2015) Desiring Arabs (Chicago, 2007), which was awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award; The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian Question (Routledge, 2006); and Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (Columbia, 2001).
 
In these times when society sees a rise in phobias about Muslims, Arabs, and other Middle Eastern region peoples, it is important to understand the culture, history, and religious spectrum in this region, and to understand how anxieties can be projected. With the refugee crisis, more information can only help.
 
Click here for event flyer.
  


    
 

December 3, 2015  -  Egyptian Liberals at a Crossroad
 
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Event
 
The world watched in 2011 as an uprising in Egypt ousted the autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak and appeared to open the door to democracy. Today, the promise of change has been replaced by the military regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose grip on state institutions and society limits calls for democratic order, the rule of law and safeguards for human rights.
 
In this environment, where are Egypt’s liberals? Why have numerous “secular” political parties and movements stood under liberal banners in support of an apparent return to military authoritarianism?
 
This lecture will offer an overview of the state of liberalism in Egypt and what it portends for the country’s future.

Speaker: Amr Hamzawy
Visiting Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University; Former Member, Parliament of Egypt
 
When: December 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005
 
For more information, click here.
  


    
 

December 3, 2015  -  Pre-Holiday Marketplace
 
A great event donating a portion of its proceeds to Syrian Refugees in Houston! 
 
Click here for more details/event flyer.
 
When: December 3, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: The Sham Center, 5729 Winsom Ln., Houston, TX 77057
    


    

November 27-29, 2015  -  ICNA-MAS South Central Convention

Theme: Living the Legacy In the Footsteps of Muhammad (SAW)

Join Us on this Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 27- Nov 29 for 9th Annual ICNA-MAS South Central Convention in Houston-Texas Insha’Allah.

Highlights:

Bazaar | Midnight Brothers Basketball Tournament | Children Activities | Baby Sitting Services | Interactive Presentations | Parallel Sessions | Youth lectures | Sisters Only Program | Matrimonial Service & Much more !!
 
When: Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27th – November 29th, 2015
Where : Houston Marriott Westchase

Click here for more information.
 


  
 

November 21, 2015  -  Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy - Workshop
 
Date: November 21, 2015
 
Click here for event flyer/more details
   


  

November 21, 2015  -  Texas Stands for Syrian Refugees

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, Texas 77056
 
***TUESDAY-SUNDAY EVENTS***
Too many governors, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, are refusing all Syrian refugees from our states. Their political games are a crime against humanity.

With your help, we must welcome these refugees in a world that echoes rejection. With your help, we must not stay silent as our human brothers and sisters suffer. With your help, Governor Abbott's decision will be resisted and reversed. This #Thanksgiving, let's be grateful for the examples set by #Mizzou, #BlacklivesMatter, and countless efforts across our nation proving that when we unite and speak to power, justice is within reach!

***TUESDAY***
Email Governor Greg Abbott's office all day/week nonstop. We will share sample scripts soon! Be the voice for Syrian refugees seeking shelter, a basic human right.

https://gov.texas.gov/contact/assistance.aspx

***WEDNESDAY**
Call all day 8-5! We will share scripts for you to call & question Gov. Abbott's office directly:

(512)-463-2000
(512)-463-1782
(512)-463-1800

***THURSDAY***
Twitterstorm at 3 pm CST:

Greg Abbott || @GregAbbott_TX (Texas)
Governor Robert Bentley || @GovernorBentley (Alabama)
Governor Asa Hutchinson || @AsaHutchinson (Arkansas)
Governor Mike Pence || @GovPenceIN (Indiana)
Charlie Baker || @MassGovernor (Mass.)
Governor Rick Snyder || @onetoughnerd (Michigan)
Governor Bruce Rauner || @GovRauner (Illinois)
Phil Bryant || @PhilBryantMS (Mississippi)

***FRIDAY***
1. Mailflood Friday: Let's flood the Governors's office with letters from his constituents demanding a response. We will meet at the University of Houston, write, and mail letters to the State Capitol. Script to be shared soon if personally sending. Make sure to ask questions to ensure response!

Office of the Governor Greg Abbott
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711

2. Friday sermons at Mosques can unite on theme of the terrible Paris attacks, Governor Abbott's inhumane response, and how we should respond by speaking to power and encouraging all Muslims to engage civically by pressuring the Governor's office to stop throwing around the 'terrorist' label to play politics with innocent lives.

***SATURDAY***
1. Stand Up Saturday: Protest at Westheimer and Post Oak to raise awareness!
2. Sermon Saturday: Synagogues and other religious services can join the call for justice! We will share talking points soon!

***SUNDAY***
1. Sermon Sunday: Churches and all manner of religious services can join the call for justice! We will share talking points soon!

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“We also have to remember that many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves. That’s what they’re fleeing. Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values,” Obama said during a press conference in Turkey, where he’s attending the G-20 summit. “Our nations can welcome refugees who are desperately seeking safety and ensure our own security. We can and must do both.”

#LetThemIn
 


 

November 20-21, 2015  -  ISGH Conference

Join us for a first ISGH conference on November 20-21st, 2015. This year theme is "It takes a village, all about family".
 
Date: November 20-21, 2015
 
For more information or to register, visit www.isghconference.org.
 


  

November 20, 2015  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group

The Ladies group invites you to our third meeting on Friday November 20th at 6 pm at the ACC.
 
Come join us for a night full of fun and entertainment
• Bazaar sale from different vendors
• Wear your costume and masque for Dress up Party
 
Bring a Savory Dish to Share
 
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: From 6-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
To book a table for the Bazaar, please contact (832) 351-3366.
 
We kindly ask all mothers to help watch after their kids. The ACC does not bear responsibility for any harm that could happen to your child.
  
  


  

November 19, 2015  -  For All Humanity Luncheon

2015 Refugee Services Humanitarian Honoree: Nihala Zakaria

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. Reception, Noon – Luncheon and Program
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Refugee Services Department.

For more information or to register, click here.
  


   

November 15, 2015  -  Interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Victims and Their Families
  
The Houston, Texas office of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-TX) will be holding an interfaith prayer vigil Sunday evening November 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm at the corner of Post Oak & Westheimer near the Galleria in response to the Paris terror attacks.
 
The interfaith prayer for humanity will be held to mourn the loss of the victims and their loved ones affected by the recent ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris and earlier in Beirut, Ankara, and throughout Syria and Iraq.
  
When: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: The corner of Post Oak & Westheimer at the Galleria, Houston
   


 

November 14-15, 2015  -  Islamic Arts Festival

November 14th & 15th, 2015. From 10.30 am till 5.30 pm
 
Come and enjoy the rich tradition of Arts in Islam
View Islamic calligraphy, woodwork, ceramic tiles, glass-work and paintings from local artists!
Experience the art of henna tattoos and learn first hand about the art of calligraphy
View slideshow and videos on Islamic art
Enjoy ethnic food from local Food Trucks
Take part in a silent auction for art pieces
Everyone is welcome
Admission is Free!
 
Link to the Press Release for this event.
   


  

November 14-15, 2015  -  Houston Turkish Festival

Click here for more information.
 


   

October 12-November 15, 2015  -  Keep Warm this Winter I Refugees of Syria & Palestine
 
Lets' give the gift of warmth this Winter to 2,000 Syrian & Palestinian Refugees and needy local Jordanians! 
 
A mild winter has already arrived in Jordan and weather conditions will continue to worsen. For the Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as the needy local Jordanians, this means that they will suffer if not provided proper winter clothes, and other necessary items to keep warm.
 
Bring your gifts of warmth for the Syrians, Palestinians and Jordanians. These items include:
 
BRAND NEW Blankets, Comforters, Winter Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Sweaters, Winter Gloves, Winter Socks
 
***If you are looking for a reliable, reasonably priced store to purchase comforter sets & blankets, please call (832) 518-7050.

HHRD Houston Collection Center: 10503 Rockley Road, # 105 B, Houston, Texas 77099
 
Collection Days / Times:
From October 12th till November 15th, 2015
Monday/Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday: Noon - 6pm
Friday: 3pm - 6pm

$10 with each donation to cover shipping expenses would be very much appreciated!

Contact:
Sara Nabhan (832) 340-5337
Maaz Adil (281) 468-2238
Ayub Hagi (713) 517-8339

Helping Hand Houston
  


   

November 14, 2015  -  Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)
 
When: November 14, 2015
Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
 
MYLS teaches young people leadership, service and activism skills by combining lectures with workshops in an Islamic atmosphere. Topics for this year are to include community coalition building, engaging elected officials, grassroots advocacy, public speaking, and media engagement. The program will end with performances from program participants.
 
This year’s keynote speaker is Farris Barakat. He will address ways you can give back to your community and share how he is carrying on the legacy of his family Deah, Yusor, and Razan (#OurThreeWinners) through The Light House Project.
 
The registration fee is $25, which includes the full-day program, lunch and dinner. Meals are halal.
 
For more information or to register, click here or call 713-838-CAIR.

  


 

November 14, 2015 - ACC Annual Unity & Friendship Gala

 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center's Annual Unity & Friendship Gala
 
"Embracing our Community's Needs and Aspirations"
 
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Location: Omni Hotel Grand Ballroom, 4 Riverway, Houston, Texas 77056
 
Honoring:
The Late Dr. Amer Sabbagh, 2015 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award
Dr. Samir Tuma, 2015 ACC Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award
 
Highlighting:
The Culture and People of The Kingdom of Jordan
 
Special Recognition:
FADI'S Mediterranean Grill, 2015 ACC Business Community Award
FotoFest, 2015 ACC Service to the Arab Culture and Art Award
 
Gala Chair: Mrs. Mayada Al-Kaisi Coleman
Gala Co-Chair: Ms. Sarah Rabie
   
Live Entertainment
Silent Auction
 
Click here for more info.
 


 
November 14, 2015 - HPJC 2015 Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Chris Hedges


Investigative journalist Chris Hedges will be the keynote speaker and receive HPJC's National Peacemaker Award at this year's Peacemaker Awards Dinner and celebration.

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Location: University of Houston, Hilton Hotel

Event Sponsor(s): Houston Peace and Justice Center

Local peacemakers, who will also receive awards, are:
- Yudith Nieto
- Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon
- Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

More details are at www.hpjc.org/dinner2015.
 


 

November 13, 2015  -  Professor Richard Wolff in Houston
 
Professor Richard Wolff will be coming to Houston in an event for KPFT.
 
Date: Friday November 13, 2015
Time: 7 pm.
Location: Houston Community College Campus, 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081
 
Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. Wolff’s recent work has concentrated on analyzing the causes and alternative solutions to the global economic crisis. His groundbreaking book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism inspired the creation of Democracy at Work, a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing how and why to make democratic workplaces real.
 
Visit KPFT's web site for more info on this unique and informative event.
 


 

November 12, 2015  -  Why Nazareth Survived: Reflections on the 1948 Palestine War
 
The Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab Studies at the University of Houston warmly invites you to Why Nazareth Survived: Reflections on the 1948 Palestine War.
 
When: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 6 pm
Location: University of Houston, Classroom & Business Building, Room 120, 4742 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204
  
During the 1948 War, almost all the Palestinian cities that became part of the state of Israel- including Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, and Ramleh- were demographically transformed, with only a tiny proportion of their indigenous Arab residents surviving a fate of dispossession and prevention of return. Nazareth was the sole exception, persisting to this very day as the only large city that has a Palestinian majority within the boundaries of the Israeli state. In this scholarly talk, Professor Manna, a leading expert in this field, offers his reflections on this remarkable phenomenon based on his latest book.
 
Speaker: Professor Adel Manna is a historian specializing in the history of Palestine and the Palestinians during the Ottoman period and the 20th century. Manna has taught in several Palestinian and Israeli universities and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Manna co-authored a book with Professor Motti Golani called "Two Sides of the Coin: Independence and Nakba" (Holland, 2011). This year, he has finished writing his new book titled "Nakba and Survival: The Story of Palestinians who remained in Haifa and the Galilee, 1948-1956," which will be published next year in Arabic (Beirut) and Hebrew (Jerusalem). Manna lives in East Jerusalem.
 
Click here for Event flyer.
 


    

November 12, 2015  -  "The Refugee Crisis - A Global and Local Perspective" Panel Discussion
 
Click here for Event flyer.
 


    

November 7, 2015  -  Kick4Palestine

Join us for the first ever Kickball Tournament hosted by SJP at the University of Houston! We invite everyone to join us on November 7th at Ray Miller Park for a day of fundraising and activities.

We encourage everyone to sign up to participate in the event as a competitor or a spectator! Kickball will be the main event, but we will also have other activities for everyone to enjoy such as a henna booth, dabke, soccer/football/frisbee games, and a picture area for our website!
 
You can sign up as an awesome team of 9 or as an individual. We ask that each team donates $225 or $25 per player! This of course includes a FREE shirt, food, and beverages! :D You can pay individually using the Eventbrite link, but do know that your team won't be recognized as a full team until ALL members have submitted their payments. If you want to join, but don't have 8 friends, you can sign up as an individual and send us a Facebook message or email to sjphouston@gmail.com and we'll help you find a team.
 
If playing isn't your style, then we would love to see you join us as a spectator! For $10, spectators will have access to all the side activities and free food at the event! We'll have extra t-shirts on sale for those who would like to purchase them :)
 
As this is a fundraising event, we do need some volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer, we ask that you make the $10 donation as well, and you will receive a t-shirt, free food, and access to the activities in the time before and after your shift!
 
We look forward to seeing a great turn out and making this a fun and enjoyable event for everyone. Invite all your friends and help us make this a successful annual event!
 
Please use the below forms to register, and the Eventbrite link to make your payment(s):
 
Volunteer Registration form
Team Registration form
Eventbrite Payment form
 
In solidarity,
SJP at UH Team
  


 
November 7, 2015  -  Annual International Festival

iFest live 2015
10th Annual International Festival

Celebrate the wonderful diversity of culture in our community at iFest live 2015. This colorful festival will feature a display of cultural diversity through art, music, dancing, and food.

Take a tour around the world as you visit booths showcasing different cultures through interactive activities and games. Delight in the international musical and dance performances conducted by numerous student groups and local organizations.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Sugar Land Town Square

For more information, visit http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/ifest.
 


 

November 1, 2015  -  Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising: Call to Action!
 
When: Sunday, November 1 , 2015
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Consulate General of Israel, 24 Greenway Plaza, Houston, Texas 77046
  
We, the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) at UT-Austin and the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UH, call on all Palestinians and supporters of the Palestinian cause to stand up for the Palestinian people and defend the Palestinian homeland. We will gather outside the Consulate General of Israel in Houston, our Palestinian flags and kuffiyehs waving prominently, to protest Israel's racist settler-colonialism and proclaim proudly our support for the Palestinian people.
 
In recent days, the situation in Occupied Palestine has escalated. The Zionist state occupation forces have turned to typical methods of provocation in carrying out mass arrests, demolishing Palestinian homes, and killing dozens of unarmed Palestinians. The state forces do so with the participation of racist Zionist settlers, who have answered the call of the Zionist state to arm themselves while they terrorize, brutalize, and kill Palestinians under the aegis of the state troops. In the past two weeks, 35 oppressed Palestinians have been killed by Zionist forces; over 2000 Palestinians have been injured.
 
Surpassing the wishes of a Palestinian Authority political leadership bought out by Israel and armed by the United States, Palestinians across historic Palestine—including 1948 Palestine—have taken it upon themselves to launch a popular resistance, as it is their only option, making use of the sparse materials available to them to fight the genocidal Zionist project. The Palestinian youth, as the fourth generation to languish under occupation while subject to cultural and material dispossession, have in particular taken the lead in this uprising. They are sacrificing themselves so that Palestine may have a future. The least we can do is show our support for them—without conditions and without apology.
 
We affirm that we stand against Israel, its Zionism, and its imperialist US backers. We affirm support for the Palestinian resistance, that it will ensure Palestine’s survival and will ultimately deliver the Palestinian revolution.
 
Long Live the Resistance! Long Live the Intifada!
 
Until Liberation and Return,
Palestine Solidarity Committee at UT Austin (PSC)
Students for Justice in Palestine at UH
 

  


  

October 30, 2015  -  ACC Scholarship Deadline

ACC Scholarship Announcement 2015-2016

The Arab American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce a new College Scholarship Program for Arab American students who seek or currently attend a College or University. The application period will run from Monday, September 14th, 2015 to Friday, October 30th, 2015.

To apply for The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center Scholarship Program, please submit the following items in a neat package in a clear binder in the order:
1. Complete the attached application form. Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, and of Arabic origins.
2. Submit two letters of recommendation from either your teachers and/or employers. These should state how long you have been acquainted, what the nature of the relationship is, comments about your character and abilities, and any other information you would like the committee to consider.
3. Prepare and attach an essay of at least 500 words (typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, no more than two pages long), describing your career goals, your reasons for choosing these goals and what you have done thus far to prepare yourself and how you hope to give back to your community one day. Please state any previous volunteer work for the ACC or any other non-profit organization.
4. Attach an official transcript of your grades from your high school and college (if you have begun taking classes).
5. A Signed commitment pledge to volunteer for the Arab American Center in Houston for at least 10 hours during the semester in which the scholarship was awarded.

Mail or bring in your packet to:
The Arab-American Cultural & Community Center
10555 Stancliff Road
Houston, TX 77099
Attn: Scholarship Program

Application Submissions Deadline: Package must be received by October 30th, 2015.
Scholarship recipient will be notified on November 9th, 2015.
Scholarship will be awarded at the ACC Annual Gala on Saturday, November 14th, 2015.

Click here to download ACC Scholarship Application Pack.

For more information, please email: webmaster@acchouston.org.
 


 
 

October 27, 2015  -  The Middle East Cauldron and Challenges for the Next U.S. Administration
 
Over the past year, developments in the Middle East have elevated the importance of the region for U.S. foreign policy, global security and prosperity. Political crisis and failed political economies and leadership in the Middle East are driving both the humanitarian crisis and the empowerment of violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The civil war in Syria continues to wreak havoc at the heart of the region and cause many refugees to flee to Europe and elsewhere. Iraq remains in a fragile situation that threatens its territorial integrity. In the future, U.S., regional and global leaders will face critical longer term challenges, including the relationship with Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement, relations with the Arab Gulf countries and Egypt, and the implications of the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and prospects for peace.
 
Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian will address the current state of the region at this Founding Director’s Lecture Series presentation and offer recommendations for the current and future direction of U.S. policy in the Middle East. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
 
When: Tue, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. – Reception, 6:30 p.m. – Presentation
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, 77005, Doré Commons
 
For more information, click here.
   


 

October 25, 2015  -  Houston Film Forum: Budrus

Film Forum and Discussion on Palestine/Israel: Budrus
There is a way to peace and justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!
 
It takes a village . . . to unite the most divided people on earth. See the award-winning documentary by Just Vision to find out how.
Suitable for teens and adults.

Palestinian community organizer Ayed Morrar and his 15-year-old daughter Iltezam
unite local groups along with Israeli and international supporters in a non-violent
movement to save their village of Budrus from loss of agricultural land and a cemetery
by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Budrus won over 20 awards internationally and was
hailed by the New York Times as the "must-see documentary of the year."
Budrus

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: First UU Church of Houston, Sanctuary, 5200 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
 


 

October 17, 2015  -  Houston Palestinian Protest 2015
 
Let's do this again Houston!! Be a voice for the voiceless and come out and show your support for the increasing amount of innocent Palestinians including babies and children being killed by Israel especially these past couple weeks. Why does it matter that U.S. American citizens protest this? Well because it's OUR U.S. Tax dollars that fund the Israelis apartheid regime. $11 million dollars a day actually. It is OUR responsibility to ensure our money does not fund this fatal oppression of the Palestinian people. Its time for every one of us Houstonians to come out and support the APC (American Palestinian Community Group) with this event this Saturday October 17.
 
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer & Post Oak (Galleria), 2521 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, 77056
 
  


  

October 17, 2015  -  Day of Dignity
 
On Saturday, October 17th, Amaanah Refugee Services, with funding from Islamic Relief USA, is hosting Day of Dignity 2015. Day of Dignity is held throughout the year in cities across the United States. Day of Dignity is the largest health and resources fair for refugees in Houston. The event connects refugees in the city to local nonprofits and businesses. At the event, refugees are provided with a range of household, educational and hygienic products. Free medical, dental, and vision screenings are also provided onsite by healthcare professionals.
 
WHAT: Day of Dignity 2015
WHERE: Collin Elementary School (9829 Town Park Dr, Houston, TX 77036)
WHEN: Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 a.m.
Media Arrival: 11:00 a.m.
 
Houston is the top resettlement destination in the United States, welcoming thousands of refugees every year from more than 35 countries. Houston Council Member Richard Nguyen will be in attendance and will be speaking at 12:00 p.m.
 
Amaanah Refugee Services is a nonprofit based in Houston, TX founded in 2008. Amaanah partners with local nonprofits to provide services such as financial assistance, after-school education, clothing, and furniture.
 
Over 1100 refugees were served at Day of Dignity 2014 (Video – Click Here)

CONTACT: Amaanah Refugee Services Director of Development, Ahmad Alaswad, 713-370-3063 (office), 713-569-6087 (cell); ahmad@refugeelink.com. US Programs Assistant, Islamic Relief USA, Sara Hamid, 929-266-6220, shamid@irusa.org
 
  


  

October 13, 2015  -  Evening with Bassem Tamimi

The ODS Houston Chapter (One Democratic State) invites you to attend an informative evening with Bassem Tamimi.
 
An up-close and personal talk with a focus on his family and the village of Nabi Salih.
 
The program will show a ten minute video followed by a presentation by Mr. Tamimi who will share and discuss the daily struggles of Palestinians under the Israeli occupation.
 
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: ACC, 10555 Syancliff Rd., Houston, TX 77099
 
Click here for event flyer.
  


  

October 10, 2015  -  Houston Muslim Civic Engagement Forum

Find out about issues impacting Texas Muslims and how you can get involved and make a difference in future legislative sessions.

Topics Covered:
- Legislative Update: Bills Impacting Muslim Community
- Basics of Why & How to Get Involved
- Register to Vote
- Pledge to Vote

Saturday, October 10th 9:30am-1:30pm at

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm
Location: ISGH River Oaks Islamic Center, 3110 East Side Street, Houston, TX 77098

FREE to attend, but you must register by Oct. 1 at www.TexasImpact.org/HoustonMuslims.

Click here for event flyer.
 


 

October 9, 2015  -  Premier Film Screening: Firefighters, Architects & Engineers Expose the Myths of 9/11
 
The destruction of the 3 World Trade Center Skyscrapers
 
Featuring Erik Lawyer, Firefighter for 9/11 Truth and Richard Gage, AIA, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
 
Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX
 
$10 Suggested Donation.
 
Contact: jackae911truth@outlook.com • (713) 818-1897
garrydsmithae911@gmail.com • (832) 512-8587
   
Click here for event flyer
 


 
October 9, 2015  -  Freedom, Liberty, Justice and Islam by Dr. Dardery


Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery is an academic and professor of Cultural Studies at South Valley University. He earned his PhD at University of Pittsburgh with his dissertation on “Euro-Centrism Versus Islamism.” Dardery is a Fulbright Scholar who has appeared on BBC, CNN and NPR.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Masjid El Farouq, 1207 Conrad Sauer Dr., Houston, TX 77043

Tickets available at www.mlfa.org.
 


  
October 7, 2015  -  The Rights and Roles of Women in the Middle East
 
Guest Speaker: Mona Eltahawy
Award-Winning Columnist and Analyst
 
The Arab Spring acted as a catalyst for regime change across the Middle East. Old regimes were overthrown while new regimes promised a more democratic future, but one thing remained the same: women’s rights across the region did not experience the same revolution.
 
Eltahawy’s book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why The Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, seeks to inspire outrage in its readers. In it, she details her personal story and journey to feminism alongside a larger portrait of what it means to be a woman in the Middle East. Her book extends the argument originally made in her seminal article for Foreign Policy entitled, “Why do They Hate Us?”. She argues that although the Arab Spring may have overthrown tyrannical regimes, the revolution for women has yet to begin.
 
Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American freelance journalist. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, as well as numerous other publications. She has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al-Jazeera, PBS, and NPR.
 
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas
 
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
  


  
October 3, 2015 - An Imam, a Rabbi & a Reverend discuss Prophet Ibrahim's Legacy - "The Ultimate Sacrifice"


An Imam, a Rabbi & a Reverend discuss Prophet Ibrahim's Legacy - "The Ultimate Sacrifice"

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd., Houston 77094

Click here for more details.
 


 

October 3, 2015 - How Houston Can Settle Refugees Workshop

Syrian American Council - Houston Chapter Community Workshop

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Kendall Neighborhood Library, 609 N Eldridge Parkway

Click here for more details.
 


 
October 2, 2015 - Syrian American Club's Annual Scholarship Endowment Gala


The Syrian American Club of Houston cordially invites you to attend its Annual Scholarship Endowment Gala*.

Date: October 2, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056

A performance by Bassam Saba and his ensemble will include examples of classical Arabic music and should be quite interesting to those of Arab and non-Arab heritage.

R.S.V.P. Required. Black Tie Optional.

* Proceeds Benefit the Syrian American Club Scholarship Program.

For more information, call Jala Barazi at 832-643-0483.
 


 
September 27, 2015 - Spread the Smiles - Eid Festival for Charity
 
It's back...and its bigger than ever! Bring your family and friends and come join Maram Foundation for this year's Spread the Smiles Eid Festival for Charity 2015 benefitting the children of the Syrian crisis. Enjoy a day of fun, delicious food and a great time knowing that you are helping to Spread the Smiles to children in need.

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099

Advance Tickets: Adults $10, Kids (2-12) $5
At Door: Adults $15, Kids $10
Click here for tickets.

All proceeds will go to help the orphan's and refugees of the Syrian crisis. Please join us in helping children in need.
 

    
September 26, 2015  -  Eid Carnival at MAS Katy Center
 
Click here for more details/event flyer.
 

 
September 26, 2015  -  Eid Al-Adha Picnic
 
River Oaks Islamic Center Welcomes you to Celebrate Eid Al-Adha at our Potluck Picnic! This is a joint event with DeBakey High School MSA. See you there! There will be a Sisters Gift Exchange at the picnic as well.
 
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 12 noon - 3pm
Location: Arthur Story Park, 7400 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston 77072
(Bellaire Blvd behind Home Depot at 59)
 
Bring a main dish to share with family & friends
Come ride your bikes
Bring your games: Soccer, Frisbee, Volleyball, Football, etc.
 
Click here for more details/event flye
 

 
September 26, 2015  -  AAHC HOPE Clinic Papalooza
 
Have you gotten your Pap Smear exam done in the last 3 years? If not, you may qualify for our special discounted pricing of only $20 for a Pap Smear and Clinical Breast Exam.
 
Please call 713-773-0803 ext. 158 for more information and to see if you qualify for this special one day offer!
 
For more Information:  English Flyer   Arabic Flyer
 

 
September 25, 2015  -  Arabic Poetry Club at ACC
 

نادي الشعر العربي
الخَيْلُ و اللّيْلُ و البَيْداءُ تَعرفُني و السّيفُ و الرّمحُ و القرْطاسُ و القَلَم
أنَا الذي نَظَرَ الأعْمَى إلى أدَبي وَ أسْـمـَعَـتْ كَلـِمـاتـي مَنْ بــهِ صَـمَـم

يتشرف المركز الثقافي العربي في هيوستن بدعوتكم للانضمام الى نادي الشعر العربي ضمن جهوده في نشر الأدب العريي والاستمتاع بالشعرالعريي قديمه وحديثهُ

The Arabic Cultural & Community Center in Houston is honored to invite you to join and enjoy the finest art of the Arabic literature in the poetry club, a unique chance in Houston to be exposed to the Arabic poetry and its rich diversity and history.
 
The club meets once, every last Friday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. at the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC).
 
It is free and open to everyone, but due to capacity, we encourage signing in early for the club and reserve your spot as the seats will be limited.
 
The first kickoff meeting will take place on Friday September 25th.
 
For more information, please contact the Club Leader, Mr. Emad Mohammad at emad_me2006@hotmail.com or call the ACC office at 832.351.3366.

 

 
September 24, 2015  -  Eid Al-Adha
 
Thursday, September 24, 2015 is the first day of Eid Al-Adha.
 
Eid Mubarak!
 

 
September 21, 2015  -  Refugee Angel Initiative
 
The Refugee Angel Initiative is an inter-faith and diversity awareness program which seeks to provide refugee children with sponsors. Sponsors are matched to one refugee child through Amaanah Refugee Services on various holidays, including Eid and Christmas. Each sponsor will be provided with suggested items to purchase as a gift. The purpose of the Refugee Angel Initiative is to brighten a refugee child’s day by providing them with toys, books and essential items. The refugee children are from various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds and thus the Refugee Angel Initiative strives to promote interfaith awareness and cultural understanding among the sponsors as well as the refugee children. Furthermore, the Refugee Angel Initiative seeks to provide sponsors with an opportunity to network with other sponsors who are passionate about refugees and promoting interfaith acceptance.
 
Our first sponsorship program will be launched for Eid-al-Adha and a drop off event will be set up prior to Eid-al-Adha to drop off gifts and meet other sponsors.
 
When: Monday, September 21
Location: Online
 
We are excited about launching the Refugee Angel Initiative and are available to answer any questions/concerns/suggestions at Refugee.Initiative@gmail.com or contact either Sharmin Khowja or Arwa Awad on Facebook.
 

 
September 19, 2015  -  Arabic Calligraphy classes
 
For more information, contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston at (832) 351-3366.
 
Click here for more info/flyer.
 

 
September 19, 2015  -  Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium
 
The Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, otherwise known as MYLS, is a day-long opportunity for young people to learn leadership skills.
 
More info will be posted as it becomes available.
 

 
September 18, 2015  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
 
For more information, contact the Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston at (832) 351-3366.
 
Click here for more info/flyer.
 

 
September 16, 2015  -  Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities
 
Speaker: Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist for The New York Times
 
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The New York Times. His op-ed columns bring readers face to face with the problems that plague our understanding of human rights and social justice. He is widely known for his joint coverage, with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, of the Tienanmen Square massacre, as well as for his coverage of the genocide in Darfur.
 
In his most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, Kristof and his wife Sheryl examine the art and science of giving and bring to light the compelling and inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, defying the idea that one person can’t make a difference. The book has been described as a “road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be.”
   
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:
Downtown Aquarium, Nautilus Ballroom, 410 Bagby Street, Houston, 77002
 
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
September 15, 2015  -  Advocacy, Authenticity & Justice for American Muslims
 
The Muslim Professional Association (MPA) is delighted to present Rabia Chaudry, an attorney, National Security Fellow, and podcaster. Rabia will share the evolution and intersections of her work over the past decade. From immigration and civil rights law, to grassroots Muslim advocacy, to law enforcement and social media training, to storytelling and writing – they all coalesced into the foundation of her work to overturn the wrongful conviction of Adnan Syed, a family friend serving a life sentence since he was 17 years old, and the subject of the international podcast sensation “Serial” and now “Undisclosed”.
  
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Embassy Suites Houston - Energy Corridor, 11730 Katy Fwy, Houston, 77079
 
For more information, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
September 13-15, 2015  -  Islamic Art Revival Series at Rice University
 
Sacred Geometry Lecture and Workshop Series
 
When: Sunday, September 13, 2015, 6:45PM To Tuesday, September 15, 2015,10:00PM
Where: Rice University, Sewall Hall, Room 301, Houston, TX, 77005
 
The Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is an Interfaith program designed to build bridges of interfaith and intercultural understanding through the arts. Along with the Islamic Arts Revival Series, Memnosyne Institute, and Aramco, The Boniuk Institute is pleased to co-host this series of lectures and interactive workshops. Join London-based artists Adam Williamson and Richard Henry explore sacred geometry as a universal language across Christian, Islamic, Vedic, Celtic, Chinese, and Native American traditions that inspires art, architecture, urban design, and more.
 
Lectures are free and open to the public. Workshops have a limited number of seats and registration costs are being underwritten by the Boniuk Institute.
For more information or to register, visit http://sacredgr.org/houston/.
 
September 13:
Sacred Geometry East and West (Lecture)
6:45 - 10:30pm at Sewall Hall, Room 301

A lecture exploring sacred geometry as a universal language across world culture. We will look at patterns and principles shared between a range of world traditions, including Christian, Islamic, Vedic and Native Americans. Themes explored will include geometric symbolism within architecture, the order of nature and harmony and proportion.

September 14:
Sacred Geometry East and West (Workshop)
7:00 - 10:00pm at Mechanical Lab, Room 254
 
An interactive workshop exploring sacred geometry as a universal language across world culture. We will look at patterns and principles shared between a range of world traditions, including Christian, Islamic, Vedic and Native American. Themes explored geometric symbolism within architecture, the order of nature and harmony and proportion. Registration is capped at 20 participants, click here to reserve your spot.

September 15:
Geometry of Structure (Workshop)
12:45 - 3:00pm at Sewall Hall, Room 560
 
How does order unfold in 3 dimensional space? In this lecture and interactive workshop participants are introduced to the Platonic Solids and Archimedean Solids, consider their symbolism and explore the principles underlying their structures. We will consider the underlying symbolism as well as connection to forms within the natural world. Registration is capped at 20 participants, click here to reserve your spot.

Art of Arabesque (Workshop)
3:45 - 6:00pm at Mechanical Lab, Room 254

How, why and where are vegetal motifs used in Islamic art and what is their symbolism? In the interactive part of the workshop students with have the opportunity to develop the necessary qualities of line through free hand drawings and explore pattern development using underlying structural grids and geometric operations. Registration is capped at 20 participants, click here to reserve your spot.

Biomorphic Patterns in World Art (Workshop)
7:00 - 10:00pm at Mechanical Lab, Room 254

What are the common floral and vegetal motifs found across Christian, Islamic, Celtic, Chinese and Native American traditions and what distinctive cultural characteristics do they exhibit? Is there a transcultural symbolism associated with these motifs? In the interactive part of the workshop, students explore a range of traditional motifs both through free-hand drawing and pattern development using geometric principles. Registration is capped at 20 participants, click here to reserve your spot.
 
For more information or to register, visit http://sacredgr.org/houston/.
 

 
September 12-13, 2015  -  ACC Arabic Classes for Children & Youth
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center in Houston will begin its Arabic Classes for Children & Youth on Saturday, September 12th OR Sunday, September 13th.
 
The Dr. Amer Sabbagh ACC Arabic School will start its Arabic Classes for kids on Sundays BESIDE its current classes on Saturdays which will resume on Saturday September 12th (It's going to be the same materials & content).
 
For more information & Registration, email school@acchouston.org or call (832)351-3366.
 

 
September 12, 2015  -  Solidarity with Syrian Refugees: Let them in!
 
As Houstonians, we have an intimate understanding of the difficulties and dangers that refugees and migrants face all over the world, from the dangers of their journey across borders to the repression that they face here through inadequate resettlement policies and aggressive and xenophobic systematic practices, such as detention and deportation, that destroy families and communities. As Houstonians, we must demand that the United States government do its part in alleviating the ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. We must show our solidarity with the thousands of refugees attempting to reach safety in Europe. We must demand that our government take action on resettling more refugees in the United States.
 
Join us this Saturday in order to make it clear to the U.S., the E.U. and the international community: Refugees welcome! No human is illegal!
 
***Our demands***
 
(1) We demand that the dehumanizing and repressive practices end immediately and call upon EU member states to allow free access and movement of refugees and migrants to reach the destination of their choosing without fear of coastguard patrols, borders, fences or cages.
 
(2) We demand that the US government does its part in welcoming and resettling refugees here in the U.S., where fewer than 1,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled since 2011.The International Rescue Committee has called upon the US to accept at least 65,000 refugees by 2016. We call upon the Obama Administration to pledge to accept at least 65,000 refugees from Syria for resettlement in the United States by 2016.
 
Thousands of refugees and migrants risk their lives on a daily basis during dangerous border crossings, whether across the U.S.-Mexico border or across European Union borders and off the Mediterranean coast.
 
The Syrian refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II. More than 4 million refugees have fled the war in Syria to neighboring countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, and more than 7.6 million are internally displaced. Syrians who manage to escape the brutality of war in Syria are often made destitute in neighboring counties and many die attempting to cross to Europe seeking safety and security.
 
Thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, as well as migrants from Libya, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia and Eritrea, have drowned in the Mediterranean in a desperate attempt to get to Europe on smugglers’ boats. Refugees attempting land crossings are met with brutality from border police and are caged in holding camps in Hungary or pulled off trains and “marked” in the Czech Republic.
 
We believe governments should not restrict the free movement of refugees fleeing war and regime oppression or migrants escaping difficult living conditions that are at least partially created by aggressive western neocolonial policies. We also believe the U.S. needs to do more to address the current refugee crises both at its southern border as well as in the Mediterranean.
 

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time:
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:
Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, Texas 77056
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
September 11, 2015  -  Protest to Demand Justice for Rasmea Odeh
 
Come join us in front of the Mickey Leland Federal Building to demand justice for Rasmea Odeh.
 
Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. On November 10th in front of supporters in the courtroom, Rasmea was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization and faces sentencing on March 12. Though Rasmea has been unjustly convicted, her struggle is far from over.
 
Rasmea's case is part of a larger campaign against Palestinian leaders, institutions, and community members; as well as an example of government repression waged against oppressed nationalities, anti-war, social justice, and international solidarity activists.
 
Let your voice be heard and demand justice for this remarkable Palestinian activist. This protest is part of the national week of action around Rasmea. We will protest until 5:30 PM.
 

Date: Friday, September 11, 2015
Time:
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Location: Mickey Leland Federal Bldg, 1919 Smith St, Houston, Texas 77002
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
September 8, 2015  -  Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh
 
Rasmea Odeh is a 67-year-old Palestinian-American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. On November 10th, in front of supporters in the courtroom, Rasmea was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on March 12th, 2015. She is free on bail while she appeals her conviction. Though Rasmea has been unjustly convicted, her struggle is far from over.
 
Rasmea's case is part of a larger campaign against Palestinian leaders, institutions, and community members; as well as an example of government repression waged against oppressed nationalities, anti-war, social justice, and international solidarity activists.
 
Part of a national week of action, we will be giving a presentation on Rasmea, providing all the facts of her case and how you can get involved in the campaign to free her. After the presentation, we will have a Q&A and a discussion to follow. We will be selling hand painted Palestinian flags and other Palestine art, the proceeds of which will be donated to Rasmea's defense. There will be snacks and refreshments.
 
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: 6733 Harrisburg Blvd. Houston, TX 77011
 
You can find more information about Rasmea and the campaign to free her on the Free Rasmea Now Facebook page. We hope you will join us!
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
September 8, 2015  -  Spotlight Prize Goes to Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi
 
The seventh annual SPOTLIGHT: The Rice Design Alliance Prize will be awarded to  OUALALOU+CHOI, formerly KILO Architectures. Founded by Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi in 2000, the firm has offices in Paris and Casablanca and recently completed the Moroccan Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015. OUALALOU+CHOI believes that stronger design results from architects’ involvement from a project’s inception. Their work ranges from tent-like installations to sports complexes to experimental communal housing to visitors centers and museums.
 
Oualalou and Choi will be in Houston on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to present their work and accept the award from RDA’s SPOTLIGHT committee, which includes Lonnie Hoogeboom, John Casbarian, Rafael Longoria, Carlos Jimenez, and Neyran Turan. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium.
 
Tarik Oualalou and Linna Choi have interpreted Arab and Islamic architectural traditions in stunningly beautiful ways. The Rice Design Alliance is awarding the Spotlight Prize, which goes to young architects. They will be receiving the award and presenting their work at a free lecture on Tuesday September 8 at the MFAH.
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
September 4-7, 2015  -  National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) National Medical Convention
 
NAAMA’S 37th National Medical Convention
 
Please join us for the 37th Annual National Arab American Medical Convention, supporting and bringing together Arab American health care professionals. NAAMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to offer continuing medical education credits to physicians. In addition to educational, cultural and charitable events organized by the individual chapters, NAAMA sponsors national and international medical conventions annually. Please register at our website for this upcoming annual event! www.naama.com.
  

September 4-7, 2015
OMNI Galleria Houston Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8181
  

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Reception: 7:00pm to 9:00pm, OMNI Hotel
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
Auxiliary Group 1:00pm to 2:30pm
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraising
- Shriners Hospital for Children
 
Trip to Houston Galleria and Museum district 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Houston Galleria: Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants. Museum district contains 20 museums
 
Gala Dinner: 7:30 to 12:00am
Gala Dinner includes reception, dinner and live entertainments by Houston's fine singer Ayman Alkhatib and his band
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
NASA, Space Center, 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Trip includes tour and lunch
 
Foundation Night: 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Foundation Night includes special talk by Dr. Bassem Youssef, dinner, and live entertainments by Houston well known singer Jabour and his band
 
Spotlight! Dr. Bassem Youssef!
 
Bassem Youssef is a renowned Egyptian satirist who turned his show, Al Bernameg, into the most watched program in the Middle East. He has uniquely criticized most political and public figures in Egypt. NAAMA is proud to honor him with the 2015 award for his accomplishments as a cardiothoracic surgeon and his contributions to elevate the public awareness about civil rights.
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
Small meeting and goodbyes
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
September 3, 2015  -  The Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S.-Iran Relations
 
Nasser Hadian, The University of Tehran
Flynt Leverett, Pennsylvania State University
 
The historic Iran nuclear agreement may significantly alter the balance of power in the Middle East and the U.S.’s approach to the region. While some U.S. analysts praise the deal, many key members of Congress strongly oppose it. Whereas in Iran, a majority of the public support the agreement. How was this deal reached and what does this mean for future relations between the U.S. and Iran? And what might happen if Congress is able to block the deal?
 
When: September 3, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 pm, Program: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Omni Galleria Hotel, Grand Salon, 4 Riverway, Houston, Texas
 
Nasser Hadian is professor of political science at the University of Tehran, where he also also served as the director of graduate studies. Previously, he was the Director of the Political Development Program at the Center for Strategic Research in Tehran.
 
Flynt Leverett is a professor at Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs. He previously served as: Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council, on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a CIA Senior Analyst for the Middle East. After 9/11, Leverett earned a Superior Honor Award for his contributions to forming an international coalition against al-Qa’ida.
 
  
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
July 7-September 1, 2015  -  Feed 1000 Families
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC Houston) is cosponsoring a drive with Helping Hand for Relief and Development called "Feed 1,000 Families".
  
Since the Syrian Uprising in March of 2011, many civilians fled to Jordan with nothing. Seeking shelter in a different country, many Syrians turned to Jordanian citizens and humanitarian aid for help. It has been four years and Syrian refugees, the vast majority being widows and orphans, have not been receiving the proper aid. As the Houston community, we should be doing our part in alleviating the suffering of our brothers and sisters.
 
Let us truly show that we have not forgotten about the Syrians. How can we sleep with our stomachs full, while our brothers and sisters go to bed hungry?
 
This summer, until September 1st, we have the opportunity to collect various food items to feed 1,000 families. Helping Hand for Relief and Development in partnership with Palestinian American Cultural Center plans on sending this food container to Jordan with YOUR help. The container will primarily benefit Syrian refugees, with a portion going to Palestinian Refugees and needy Jordanians living in harsh conditions.
 
Food items needed:
1. 20 lb Great Value Long Grain Enriched Rice
2. 10 lb Golden Medal All Purpose Flour
3. 1 Gallon Great Value Vegetable Oil
4. 8 lb Great Value Pinto Beans (DRY not canned)
5. 10 lb Great Value Pure Sugar
 
*ALL FOOD ITEMS MUST BE PURCHASED AT WALMART. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE FOOD ITEMS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE ABOVE DESCRIPTIONS, OR THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ALSO, FOOD ITEMS MUST NOT EXPIRE WITHIN THE NEXT 10 MONTHS.
 
To sign-up for food items, click here.
 
If you are having difficulty with the sign-up form, please message Lara Aracely Hattab
 
If you have any questions or would like to give monetary donations so that we can purchase the food items on your behalf, please contact:

Sara Nabhan: 832-340-5337
Ayub Hagi: 713-517-8339
Maaz Adil: 281-468-2238

Drop off location: 10503 Rockley Road Suite # 105B
Drop off times: Every day, 1 pm-6 pm
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 1ST
Goal: Feed 1000 families
 
For more info, visit www.pacchouston.org, or www.facebook.com/events/398364763681256/.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 22, 2015  -  EGYPT: Consensus of Vision, Will, and Action
 
When: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Shahnai Restaurant, 5920 Hilcroft St, Houston, TX
 
Click here for more details/event flyer.
 

 
August 15, 2015  -  Annual Young Muslims Quiz Competition
 
Alhamdulillah, for 20 years this Islamic competition has provided the children of Houston the chance to learn about our beautiful deen, have a great time, and best of all, take home some BIG PRIZES! Last year's prizes included touchscreen laptops and tablets, electric scooters, gift cards, and much more. And we promise, the prizes are going to be even BIGGER and BETTER this year!
 
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015, 8:00AM To 6:00PM
Where: University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX, 77004
 
You and family are most welcome to join us this year for this exciting event. All children between the ages of 4 and 16 years are invited to participate.
 
So mark your calendars for Saturday, August 15th at the SEC Building of University of Houston. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
For more info, visit www.icnahouston.org/ymquiz/.
 

 
August 2, 2015  -  Gaza: One Year Later - Fundraiser, featuring Rania Masri
 
One year after the Israeli war on Gaza, where are we now? What has happened in Gaza since? What has happened throughout Palestine? And how can we, as individuals and as a movement committed to justice, organize and respond?
 
Dr. Rania Masri, Associate Director of the The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) will address these questions and more. Dr. Masri was one of the speakers at the Texas Stands with Gaza rally last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4H5PFGr03Q
 
Dr. Masri's talk will be followed by a presentation of Kinder USA humanitarian relief projects benefiting children and families in Gaza, a fundraiser and art auction, and will also include some finger food and a Palestinian bazaar.
 
Individual tickets, tables, sponsor packages, can be purchased at the link below. Donations can also be made on the same site; if you cannot attend, please consider making a donation; for donations of $10 or greater, we will mail you a Gaza information packet along with your tax deductible receipt (regular tickets are not eligible for tax receipts).
http://gazafundraiser.ticketleap.com/houston/.
 
Kinder USA, a Dallas-based 501(c)3 organization, is the leading American Muslim organization focused on the health and well-being of Palestinian children through development and emergency relief. We envision a free, just and peaceful Palestine where children thrive and look forward to a productive future, like children everywhere. For more information about our work, please visit us at www.kinderusa.org.
 
This event is organized by the Palestinian American Cultural Center- PACC Houston and sponsored by the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, the Houston Ramallah-Club, and the Birzeit Society.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 2, 2015  -  Gaza: One Year Later - Fundraiser, featuring Rania Masri
 
One year after the Israeli war on Gaza, where are we now? What has happened in Gaza since? What has happened throughout Palestine? And how can we, as individuals and as a movement committed to justice, organize and respond?
 
Dr. Rania Masri, Associate Director of the The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut (AUB) will address these questions and more. Dr. Masri was one of the speakers at the Texas Stands with Gaza rally last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4H5PFGr03Q
 
Dr. Masri's talk will be followed by a presentation of Kinder USA humanitarian relief projects benefiting children and families in Gaza, a fundraiser and art auction, and will also include some finger food and a Palestinian bazaar.
 
Individual tickets, tables, sponsor packages, can be purchased at the link below. Donations can also be made on the same site; if you cannot attend, please consider making a donation; for donations of $10 or greater, we will mail you a Gaza information packet along with your tax deductible receipt (regular tickets are not eligible for tax receipts).
http://gazafundraiser.ticketleap.com/houston/.
 
Kinder USA, a Dallas-based 501(c)3 organization, is the leading American Muslim organization focused on the health and well-being of Palestinian children through development and emergency relief. We envision a free, just and peaceful Palestine where children thrive and look forward to a productive future, like children everywhere. For more information about our work, please visit us at www.kinderusa.org.
 
This event is organized by the Palestinian American Cultural Center- PACC Houston and sponsored by the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, the Houston Ramallah-Club, and the Birzeit Society.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 31-August 2, 2015  -  Young Muslim Deen Camp
 
The Young Muslim Deen Camp (YMDC) is a Mumineen Foundation sponsored program designed to enrich and strengthen the hearts and minds of our teenage children and young adults, ages 14 - 20.
 
When: Friday, July 31, 8:00 AM to Sunday, August 02, 5:00 PM
Location: Masjidul Mumineen
 

YMDC aims to:
 - Bring participants closer to Allah (SWT)
 - Foster ties of brotherhood and sisterhood
 - Increase knowledge in matters of Islamic worship behavior
 - Teach how effective leadership skills can be applied to many areas of life.
 
Register now at http://ymdcamp2015.wix.com/ymdc. Deadline is July 15. Application is free.
 
For more info, call 281.748.3070 or email mumineenfoundation@gmail.com.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 25, 2015  -  Protest Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia
 
Support the people of Yemen. Come to protest airstrikes by Saudi Arabia.
5718 Westheimer Rd.
Saturday, July 25
2:30-5:00
See the attached poster.
 

 
July 25, 2015  -  One4All Eid Carnival
 
Eid is knock knock knocking on Ramadan’s doors and Texas will celebrate at the EAS Eid Carnival.
 

A massive party at the ACC’s big venue with something fun and entertaining for everyone even the little ones. Come to Houston’s Major Eid Carnival and satisfy your taste buds with a bite of that light, airy cookie “Kahk”. Then, indulge in a variety of Eid delicacy’s and dishes. Signup at the event for the Outdoor Volleyball Tournament or stroll through the Mini-Eid market for some authentic Eid fest experience. Go back indoors and get the little ones a balloon and take them to face-painting then get one yourself. Watch your kids make a new friend every minute. Join a Dabke step dance or a Mahragan dance once the DJ spins that body shaking track then get back to the yummy Kahks and repeat. If that doesn’t cut it then step up and get to the top of the rock climbing wall, see if you can it through the obstacle course in one piece, or go for a laser tag game.
   
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Arab American Culture & Community Center,
10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099
  

This event is hosted by the Egyptian American Society at the Arab American Culture & Community Center. The Egyptian American Society supports the Egyptian Cancer Network, Amaanah Refugee Services, and Maram Foundation. Part of the event proceeds will be donated to children fighting cancer and to children refugees.

For more information, visit http://eashouston.org/event/one4all-eid-carnival/.
 

 
July 24-26, 2015  -  Women: The Torchbearers of Islam
 
Masjid'ul Mumineen Annual Women's Convention
  
When: July 24-26, 2015
Location: Masjid Mumineen Multipurpose Center, 8875 Benning Dr., Houston TX 77031

 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 18, 2015  -  Eid-ul-Fitr Carnival at MAS Katy
 
Lots of Fun, Lots of People, Lots of Food.
 
When: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Time:
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
MAS Katy, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, Texas
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 11, 2015  -  Rock the Block 2015
 
When: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 3 pm
 
For more information, click here for the posting on Facebook.
 

 
July 10, 2015  -  Rally for Palestine (International Day of Quds)
 
On International Day of Quds, people of conscience express solidarity with the oppressed of the world, particularly the innocent of Palestine. We invite all the peace-loving people to voice their opposition against the unjust occupation and the usurpation of Palestine by the oppressive Zionist regime.
 
When: Friday, July 10, 2015
Time: 3:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Houston, Texas 77056
 

 
July 10, 2015  -  Interfaith Iftar at Maryam Islamic Center
 
Every year, Muslims across the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. In this month we fast from dawn until dusk. Muslims abstain from food and water in the state of fasting throughout the month of Ramadan. Fasting is a way to humble ourselves before our creator. It helps us to build strong morals and character. It's a way to feel the pain of less fortunate and to be grateful for the bounties that God has bestowed upon us. The month of Ramadan also teaches us to strengthen our relationship with our friends, colleagues and neighbors.
 
In this regard, the Maryam Islamic Center would like to invite you to join them for dinner and learn about the month of Ramadan and Fasting.
 
When: Friday, July 10, 2015
Time: 6:30PM until 9:00PM
Where: Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia RD Sugar Land TX 77479

Program Agenda:
Greet & Social Hour - 7:00PM
Program Starts - 7:30PM
Ramadan and Fasting by Tauqer Shah, Imam of Maryam Islamic Center
Fasting in Christianity by Gregory Han, Director of Interfaith Relations, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
Iftaar, Prayer & Dinner - 8:25PM
 

 
July 9, 2015  -  NAAP-Houston Annual Iftar/Dinner
 
The Network of Arab American Professionals of Houston is hosting its annual Dinner/Iftar on Thursday July 9th, 2015. We have chosen the venue and space is limited so please don’t forget to RSVP your friend or significant other, as well.
 
When: July 9, 2015
Time:
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location:
Mazaj Hookah Bar & Grill, 5615 Richmond Ave, Houston, Texas 77057
Dinner will be $25 non-member, $20 member, CASH ONLY. NO credit cards will be taken.
 
To become a member please follow the link: http://www.naaponline.org/become-a-member
 
The Dinner/Iftar will be FULL SERVICE including drinks, appetizer, main course, dessert, coffee and tea.

Be considerate and arrive on time please so that those who are collecting the monies at the front can have a chance to sit and eat Iftar with the group.
 
Thanks so much for those who have helped us come this far and we hope to continue growing with your help in the greater area of Houston.
 
If you have any question or concern please contact us at NAAPHouston@yahoo.com or you can call Omar- 832-858-0955.
 

 
June 30, 2015  -  Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran- Saudi Proxy War?
 
Guest Speaker: Sama'a Al-Hamdani, Author & Journalist
 
When: June 30, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas 77027
 
The powerful presence of Al Qaeda in Yemen has been a source of serious concern for Washington for years. And now Yemen is collapsing again into civil war. In early 2015 the Houthis, a Shila-led and Iranian-backed rebel group, captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa causing President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to flee the country. Since then, the country has been in a state of intense armed conflict between the Houthis who have close ties to Hezbollah and forces loyal to President Hadi who are backed by Saudi Arabia. Is Yemen the new epicenter of the Iran-Saudi proxy war for dominance in the region? And what are the possible outcomes of this conflict?
 
Sama’a Al-Hamdani is an independent writer, researcher and analyst focusing on Yemeni politics. Her work has been published in Al-Monitor, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times and several other publications and academic journals. She is a also a regular expert commentator for major international media outlets including: CNN International, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, and The Huffington Post.
  
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 29, 2015  -  The Woodlands Series: Conflict in Yemen: The New Iran - Saudi Proxy War?
 
Guest Speaker: Sama'a Al-Hamdani, Author & Journalist
 
When: June 29, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: John Cooper School, One John Cooper Drive, The Performing Arts Center, The Woodlands, Texas 77381
 
The powerful presence of Al Qaeda in Yemen has been a source of serious concern for Washington for years. And now Yemen is collapsing again into civil war. In early 2015 the Houthis, a Shila-led and Iranian-backed rebel group, captured the Yemeni capital Sanaa causing President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to flee the country. Since then, the country has been in a state of intense armed conflict between the Houthis who have close ties to Hezbollah and forces loyal to President Hadi who are backed by Saudi Arabia. Is Yemen the new epicenter of the Iran-Saudi proxy war for dominance in the region? And what are the possible outcomes of this conflict?
 
Sama’a Al-Hamdani is an independent writer, researcher and analyst focusing on Yemeni politics. Her work has been published in Al-Monitor, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times and several other publications and academic journals. She is a also a regular expert commentator for major international media outlets including: CNN International, BBC World Service, Al-Jazeera, and The Huffington Post.
 
*Please note, the non-member registration fee at the program will be $25.00
   
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 28, 2015  -  Ramadan Iftar with Mayor of Houston
 
Annual Ramadan Dinner with keynote address by Mayor Annise D. Parker, City of Houston

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX 77045
 
For more information, visit www.houstoniftar.org.
 

 
June 28, 2015  -  Rays of Change 2015
 
Close to 70,000 refugees enter the United States each year. Texas is the largest recipient of refugees in the country, accepting 10% of all arrivals.
 
Of all the cities in Texas, Houston accepts the largest number of refugees, receiving more than 3,000 each year.
 
Join us at Rays of Change 2015 to learn how Amaanah is changing the face of refugee services in Houston.
 
When: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St, Houston, Texas 77010

For more information, visit www.refugeelink.com (Amaanah Refugee Services)
 

 
June 27, 2015  -  MAS Houston Annual Banquet Dinner and MCC Inauguration
 
Our guest speaker, Sh. Mamdouh will give a short talk. We will also be introducing our newest project, the Multi Culture Center.
 

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: 5001 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586
 
Muslim Community in SE Houston
 

 
June 27, 2015  -  HQA Annual Ramadan Iftar
 
Houston Quran Academy Invites you to HQA Annual Ramadan Iftar "Celebrating Success".
 
Celebrating HQA's Academic Achievements and New Hufaz Guest Speakers: Dr. Hamid Ghazali and Dr. Main Al-Qudah
 
Time: Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 6:30 pm to maghrib
Location: Pakwan House, 14617 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77083
 
HQA is a zakat eligible recipient. To support HQA, please mail your tax deductible donations to HQA's "Future Imams Scholarship Fund", PO Box 6385, Katy, TX 77491
 
For more information, please contact Sr. Shamima at 832-762-9212 or shamima.khalid@hqacademy.org.
 
Visit our website www.houstonquranacademy.org.
 
Click here for event flyer
 

 
June 20, 2015  -  ILM Academy 4th Annual Iftaar
 
The speaker at Saturday's ILM Academy 4th annual iftaar will be Imam Wazir Ali, insha'Allah! Imam Ali was the recipient of the Muslim Journal's prestigious "Imam of the Year Award" for 2010 and is the imam of the historic Masjid Warithud-Deen Mohammed and Masjid Al-Qur'an, both located in Houston. Imam Ali completed an eight year mentorship program in Islamic Sciences under the guidance of Imam Qasim Ahmed and is a student of the preeminent American Muslim scholar, the late Imam Warithud-Deen Mohammed. Imam Ali has co-trasnslated and has assisted in research for multiple Islamic texts. Imam Ali, an entrepreneur, kinesiologist, registered dietitian and board certified specialist in renal nutrition, owns a private nutrition consulting firm in Houston. Imam Ali holds multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, nutrition, and kinesiology and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in clinical nutrition.
 
This is an open community event featuring Imam Ali's speech, iftaar and dinner, and onsite child care. This event is free of charge but we ask that you please RSVP by responding to this email with the number of adults and (fasting/non-fasting) children attending to help us confirm food orders. Furthermore, in accordance with our school philosophy and in an effort to Greening Ramadan, we ask our attendees to please bring their own water bottles to the event so we can avoid plastic waste. Thank you!
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 20 at 7:00pm
Location: ILM Academy Community Hall (1209 Conrad Sauer, Houston, TX 77043)
 
Iftaar: Samosas and fruit
Dinner: Catering from Fadi's Mediterranean Grill for adults and fasting children and Papa John's cheese pizza for non-fasting children
 
Speaker: Imam Wazir Ali
RSVP: Let us know the number of adults and (fasting/non-fasting) children by sending an email to info@ilmacademy.org.
 
Fundraising Purpose: We will be raising funds at this event for classroom technology (such as smartboards) and furniture for the newly constructing second floor (such as desks, bookshelves, etc.). All donations will be tax-deductible.
 

 
June 18, 2015  -  First Day of Ramadan
 
According to the Fiqh Council of North America and the Islamic Society of North America, the first day of Ramadan will be Thursday, June 18, 2015 and Eid al-Fitr on Friday, July 17, 2015, insha'Allah.
  
Ramadan Mubarak!
 

 
June 15, 2015  -  PACC Scholarship Program
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center is now accepting applications for 2015 Scholarships.
  
Applicants must submit the application by June 15, 2015.  Click here to apply.
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
June 13, 2015  -  A Night of Hope
 
Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Women's Shelter Home. A Benefit Dinner
 
Did you know that the ICNA Relief operates a Women's Shelter here in Houston? Did you know that over 100 women have had their lives completely changed through this shelter after enduring much hardship in the past? Did you know that these women who have had no other choice but to seek shelter assistance have become self-sufficient or successfully married, even giving back and helping the current sisters residing in the shelter?
 
Alhamdulilah, our doors have been open to women in need for the past five years. Let us continue this genuine effort for five or more.

We are honored to welcome Sheikh Omar Suleiman as our guest speaker, along with Sr. Malika MacDonald, ICNA Relief's National Director of Women's Transitional Housing.
 
When: Saturday, June 13
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Houston Raindrop Turkish House, 9301 W Bellfort St, Houston, Texas 77031
 
RSVP: houston@icnarelief.org
Dr. Asif Hussain: 281-739-8389
Sr. Seemi Bukhari, 832-382-1669
Br. Shabbir Hasan, 832-302-1681

Houston is blessed to have this sort of alternative housing project operating full time for the past 5 years which offers shelter, food, counseling, case management, job training, education, and more, to women who have fallen under extremely tough circumstances.

Please Join us for a Benefit Dinner to Recognize the 5th Anniversary of Our Women's Shelter Home and pray for our sisters who are going through hard times.

This much needed initiative needs your support to continue providing services and expanding our capacity to help more of our sisters. Please join us and learn more about this cause, become informed about what exactly we have been doing and are planning to do, as well as listen to words of wisdom by our speakers.

To register, please go on the following link:
https://icnarelief.org/Apps/Donation/mobiledonation.php?a=FR_Houston&b&c

Registration Fee is $20.00/person. Dinner is included.
 

 
June 6, 2015  -  ACC Summer Camp
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 30, 2015  -  Islamic Financing 101 Workshop
 
By Guidance Residential Sh. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo
 
Topics to Include:
 - Understanding Riba in today's lending practices
 - Differences between Sharia Way and Conventional Way
 - How to get started
 - Q&A
   
When:
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 

 
May 29, 2015  -  Community Town Hall Meeting
 
There will be community town hall meeting this Friday at the MAS Katy Center (1800 Baker Rd, Houston) between Maghrib and Isha prayers.

Meeting agenda includes the following topics:
 
 - Welcoming Ramadan
 - Update on the Construction Status & Masjid Opening
 - Ramadan Activities Updates
 - Future Growth Plans
 - Q & A Session
  
When: Friday, May 29, 2015
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 

 
May 2015  -  9th Annual Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
When: May 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2015
Locations: Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Rice Media Center
       
The festival will run for three weekends in May at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Rice Media Center. The films screened this year were chosen for their artistic integrity, entertainment, and their rich portrayal of Palestinian life.
 
HPFF May Film Lineup:
May 8: The Wanted 18. 7:30 PM MFAH
May 9: Villa Touma. 7 PM MFAH
 
May 15: Transit Game, Girrafada. 7 PM. Rice Media Center
May 16: Climb of Hope, Voice of a Condor. 5:30PM. The Wanted 18. 7PM. Rice Media Center
 
May 22: 1913 Seeds of A Conflict. 7:30 PM. Rice Media Center
May 23: On the Bride’s Side. 5 PM. Eyes of a Thief 7 PM. Rice Media Center
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
May 17, 2015  -  Jazz Show and Discussion
 
Gilad Atzmon, an ex Jew, born in Israel is a dedicated advocate for a Free Palestine and believes that all Palestinians have the Right of Return to their homes in Palestine. He is a brilliant writer, speaker and master jazz musician. He and his combo will play and he will speak almost exclusively on Palestine this Sunday May 17 at 7:30 pm at Cafe Layal at 6328 Richmond Ave. in Houston, Tx 77057.
 

 
May 16-17, 2015  -  Pharaonic Festival
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
May 14-17, 2015  -  Houston Greekfest 2015
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
May 9, 2015  -  The 3rd Annual Uncork for C.U.R.E.
 
Project C.U.R.E Houston is holding their 3rd Annual Uncork for C.U.R.E. on May 9, 2015. This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Syrian Relief Fund and their efforts to provide medical assistance to Syrian refugees.
 
Event flyer.
 

 
May 9, 2015  -  Family Spring Charity Bazaar
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
May 9, 2015  -  A Journey Around The Arab-Spring Revolutions Book Signing Event
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
May 8-9  -  Answer Hate with Love: A Conversation with Reza Aslan
 
Risala Foundation is pleased to host a powerhouse weekend featuring renowned scholars Reza Aslan, Jonathan Brown and Jihad Turk.
 
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: Right after Maghrib (8 PM - approx 90 minute program)
Location: Masjid As-Sabireen / Dulles (610 Brand Lane, Stafford)
 
LECTURE: Misquoting Muhammad: Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy·
Featuring: Dr. Jonathan Brown & Dr. Jihad Turk
 
Named as one of the top books on religion of 2014 by The Independent, Dr. Brown's book, "Misquoting Muhammad" takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape.
Join us for a discussion with the author, moderated by Dr. Jihad Turk. From the protests of the Arab Spring to Istanbul at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, and from the red walls of Delhi's great mosques to the trade routes of Islam's Indian Ocean world, come learn how Muslim intellectuals have sought to balance reason and revelation, weigh science and religion, and negotiate the eternal truths of scripture amid shifting values.
 
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Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: Begins at 2:30 PM
Location: Maryam Islamic Center (504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land)
 
LECTURE AND PANEL DISCUSSION: Answer Hate with Love - Reza Aslan in Conversation
Featuring: Dr. Reza Aslan, followed by a panel with Dr. Jonathan Brown & Dr. Jihad Turk
 
"Religion doesn't make people bigots. People are bigots and they use religion to justify their ideology." - Reza Aslan
 
Join us for an elucidating discussion around how Muslims can formulate a response to the dialed-up rhetoric of present days and how American-Muslims are uniquely positioned to bridge the divide between the West and the Muslim world.
 
*** All events are free and open to everyone! ***
 
RSVP on Facebook
 
DR REZA ASLAN, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which has been translated into twenty-eight languages.
 
Aslan is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of trustees for the Chicago Theological Seminary. A member of the American Academy of Religions, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the International Qur'anic Studies Association, Aslan's previous academic positions include the Wallerstein Distinguished Professor of Religion, Community and Conflict at Drew University in New Jersey (2012-2013), and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Iowa (2000-2003).
 
He is the founder of AslanMedia, a social media network for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East.
 
Aslan's first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into seventeen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.
 
DR JONATHAN BROWN is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and he is the Associate Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007), Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009) and Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. His most recent book, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent. He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr. Brown's current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a translation of Sahih al-Bukhari.
 
JIHAD TURK is the son of an American Methodist mother and a Palestinian Muslim father. He is Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), the oldest and largest masjid in the Los Angeles area. He is also completing a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. He is a popular speaker, advocate and expert in the media. Turk teaches Arabic and is widely involved in interfaith advocacy and dialogue across Southern California. He also serves on the Board of Governors for Claremont Lincoln University.
 
Brought to you by the Risala Foundation.
 

 
May 7, 2015  -  "When People Call Bubble, Innovate"
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 5, 2015  -  Paving the Way to Peace for Israelis and Palestinians
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 5, 2015  -  Leadership Insight Series: Egypt
 
H.E. Eng. Sherif Ismail
Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Arab Republic of Egypt
 
In addition to enjoying the opportunity for direct exchange with the Minister during a question and answer session, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address giving his first hand insights into the current and projected opportunities available for stakeholders looking to capitalize on current or planned investments in the Egyptian petroleum market.
   
When: May 5, 2015
Time: Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Program: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Program Registration: Member: $20, Non-Member: $40
     
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 4, 2015  -  18th Annual Insight to MENA at OTC
 
We invite you to mark your calendars for May 4, 2015 for what is widely known as the must-attend business networking event during the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The 18th annual Insight to MENA (Middle East and North Africa) at OTC program is sure to be our grandest reception to date. Executives from across the globe gather to meet with key leaders representing companies from all parts of the energy sector value chain to take part in a night of networking and substantive business exchange.
 
Be sure to save the date to join the nearly 1000 U.S. and global executives that attend year after year to meet current partners, forge new relationships and create opportunities that serve as the foundation for economic growth.
  
When: May 4, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Location: Westin Galleria Hotel, Galleria Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama, Houston 77056
    
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 2, 2015  -  “Out of Cordoba” Director’s Screening
 
CAIR Houston will host a directors screening of the documentary "Out of Cordoba". The film was directed and produced by Jacob Bender, Executive Director of CAIR's Philadelphia chapter.
 
Out of Cordoba is a documentary about Jews, Muslims, and Christians struggling against the hijacking of their religions by extremists.
 
The film profiles contemporary people of faith who challenge the idea that there is an inevitable "clash of civilizations" between the West and the Muslim world and an unsolvable conflict between Muslims and Jews.
 
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater
 
The film will be followed by a talk by Jacob Bender, the film’s director and the Executive Director of the CAIR-Philadelphia chapter.
    
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 2, 2015  -  Layali Beirut Cultural Dinner & Dance Show
 
The American Lebanese Cultural Center presents Layali Beirut featuring Amani of Lebanon.
 
When: May 2, 2015
 Doors Open 8:00pm
Dinner Starts 8:30pm, Ends 9:30pm
Show Starts at 10:00, Ends 11:30pm
DJ and After party to Follow
 
Join us as we honor a legendary icon of Middle Eastern Dance, Amani of Lebanon. Dinner and show will begin at 8:30pm and will feature International performances of Oriental Dance, Lebanese Debka Folklore, Flamenco, Columbian/Mexican Folklore, and much more!
 
This Special night honoring our star Amani of Lebanon, and will be supporting TWO non profit organizations: Baylor Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center and The American Lebanese Cultural Center Scholarship Fund
 
For more information about reservations or sponsorship contact Simon at Simon@alcchouston.org or Rayan Ismail at 832-235-5124 (i_rayan@hotmail.com).
 

 
May 1, 2015  -  Festival of Knowledge and Family Night Dinner
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
April 26, 2015  -  Small Hands Big Hearts Fundraising Banquet Dinner
 
Benefiting Burn Children Relief Fund
 
When: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: The Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, 77024
 
Please contact Rita Bishara for more information: rita.bishara@yahoo.com, (281) 804-9827
 
Click here for event flyer and more information.
 

 
April 2015  -  ACC Celebrates The National Arab Heritage Month
 
The ACC is proud to present the 2015 Arab Heritage Month Building Bridges with our Communities, Institutions and Artists
 
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Immigration and the refugee crisis - Locally and Globally
Panel discussion and reception Panelists:
Wafa Abdin, Vice President of immigration and refugee services at Catholic Charities
Alexander Tryantaphyllis, Director of immigration and economic opportunity at Neighborhood Centers Inc.
Katherine Raley, Community Engagement Fellow- US Fund for UNICEF Shirin Herman HISD Refugee Services- Academic Trainer Michelle Garcia Production Manager at Voices Breaking Boundaries and Human Rights activist
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center
FREE ADMISSION
 
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Andalousiyat: Andaloussi Music Past and Present
A Presentation by Dr. Yahia Ghoul
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center
FREE ADMISSION
 
Thursday April 16th, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Curator-led tour and reception of the Islamic Art Collection at the MFAH Tour
Location: MFAH 1001 Bissonnet St. Houston TX 77005
FREE ADMISSION

Saturday April 25th at 7:30 PM
Rahim Al Haj in concert with The Heart String Quartet
Location: ACC, Farouk Shami Hall
Priority Seating $40
Regular Tickets $25
 
All events are free and take place at the ACC unless otherwise stated. 10555 Stancliff Rd. Houston TX 77099
For more information about The Arab Heritage Month, please visit our website www.acchouston.org.
 
The ACC is a proud Co-Sponsor of UHs Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts 2015 CounterCurrent Festival and Intersections initiative. This years Middle Eastern program includes:
Ibrahim Quraishi's Islamic Violins (ed. II)

Tuesday April 14-19 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: 2608 Dunlavy St. Houston TX 77098
Reception Wednesday April 15, 2015 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maya Zbib's In Walking Distance with Maya Zbib and Omar Abi Azar,
Zoukak Theatre Company
Wednesday April 15 at 2:00 PM and Thursday April 16 at 2:00 PM
Location: UH Central Campus - New arts courtyard, Wilhelmina Grove. Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard
 
For more information about CounterCurrent 2015, visit http://countercurrentfestival.org/festival-overview/.
 

 
April 25, 2015  -  Peace or Wars Without End? US Foreign Policy: A Conference to Explore Our Choices
 
Blowback and US foreign policy have put America and the world in jeopardy.
 
Speakers and workshop leaders:
o David Swanson - an activist, blogger and author, labor activist, former press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2003-2004 Presidential campaign, active in the movement to indict George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes - see WarIsACrime.org. He now also hosts Talk Nation Radio, which airs on several Pacifica radio stations and their affiliates.
o Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN. He appears as a frequent Republican commentator on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC commenting about the problems with Republican Party. Also see his interview "Who Makes US Foreign Policy?"
o Dr. Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at UT Austin, activist, and speaker. Jensen writes for popular media, both alternative and mainstream. His opinion and analytic pieces on such subjects as foreign policy, politics, economics, and ecology have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and web sites all over the world. He contributes to local organizing in Austin, TX, through his work with the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, which offers educational resources and organizes community events about U.S. policy around the world; and 5604 Manor, a progressive community center that brings people together to make positive social change.
o Ann Wright is a former United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, who was one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. She has written many articles in the Huffington Post and elsewhere about US misuse of our military as well as of domestic issues. She will be joining us by teleconference.
o Marilyn White - Human rights activist who has worked for peace and justice in Latin America with School of the Americas Watch, Witness for Peace, CodePink and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
 
When: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 5:45pm
Location: Texas Southern University, building 151, McCoy Auditorium room 114
 
Event Sponsor: Houston Peace and Justice Center

   
For more information, visit http://www.hpjc.org/conference2015.
 

 
April 25, 2015  -  Iman Academy Gala
 
For more information or to register, click here.
 

 
April 23, 2015  -  The Israeli Elections: Implications for Netanyahu's Fourth Term
 
Speaker: Gershon Baskin, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
 
Hours before Israel's elections, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he would not permit a Palestinian state to be created while in office. The words of the now-reelected Prime Minister caused skepticism within the international community of Israel's willingness to cooperate. Yet if a two-state solution is not reached, a peaceful relationship between Israel and its Arab citizens and neighbors may be difficult to maintain. What other solutions may be possible, and what are some likely scenarios and strategies for Israel and Palestine?
   
When: April 23, 2015
Registration: 11:30 a.m., Luncheon Program: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
 
Gershon Baskin is the founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, and currently serves as co-chairman of IPCRI's Board of Directors. Previously, Dr. Baskin was the Executive Director of the Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence. He has a regular column in the Jerusalem Post and has won multiple journalism awards including, 'Histadrut Prize for Peace' and the 'Journalist Award for Middle East Journalism' from Search for Common Ground. His memoir, The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas, was published in 2013.
 
Please note, the Non-Member registration fee for this event at the door will be $75. 
 
For more information or to register, click here.
 

 
April 18-19, 2015  -  First Annual Lebanese Festival
 
American Lebanese Cultural Center presents the 1st Annual Lebanese Festival.
 
Delicious food, great festivities, enjoyable atmosphere for both adults and children, door prizes, music, folkloric dances, performances throughout the day, and more.
 
When: April 18-19, 2015
Location:
Jones Plaza, 610 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002
  
Admission $5 per person. Children under 12 free.

 
For more information, visit http://www.alcchouston.org/festival/.
 
Click here for festival flyer.
 

 
April 17, 2015  -  Capital of the Palestinian Diaspora: The Story of Yarmouk
 
Yarmouk, called the capitol of the Palestinian diaspora, is just 10 km outside of Damascus and was once home to 500,000 Syrians and Palestinians. At one point, the bustling financial and cultural district was 13x the population density of Manhattan and a hub for thinkers and creatives in the area.
 
Today, the district has been under siege for 2.5 years and under manufactured drought since last September. People struggle to find food and plan their day around collecting water. International aid agencies are unable to penetrate the siege to deliver food, while media outlets no longer pick up stories on the austere and inhumane conditions.
 
How did this happen? And what, if anything, can be done?
 
Join us along with co-sponsors Students for Justice in Palestine at UH for an evening on Yarmouk: to learn about the neighborhood story, the collective institutional failings, and what we can do about it.
 
Talal Alyan is a Palestinian American writer based in Brooklyn and a former board member of Palestinian League for Human Rights. Talal works with activists in Yarmouk to document human rights abuses. He shares their story and struggles through his writing.
  
When: Saturday, April 17, 2015
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: The University of Houston | Social Work 101

Click here for more info.
  
 

 
April 17, 2015  -  Rally in support of the Yemeni people
 
The Yemeni in Aden have little water, electricity, food, and medicine and they cannot flee because Saudis and Egyptians are blockading the port and Saudi bombers have destroyed roads and the airport. They need aid now but organizations such as Doctors Wtihout borders are running out of supplies and the shops are empty. We cannot remain silent while the US government supports the bombing.
 
Come to the rally
 
When:
Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 4 PM to 6 PM
Location:
The Saudi Arabian Consulate, 5718 Westheimer Road, Houston
 
Demand the Saudis stop bombing Yemen and urge that the US government provide logistical help to humanitarian aid groups instead of Saudi bombers. Please visit the rally page on facebook: Rise Against Saudi Aggression and dedicate a contribution to Doctors Without Borders to Yemeni aid.
 

 
April 15, 2015  -  Town Hall Meeting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
Syrian-American Community Town hall with the US Department of Homeland Security
 
Guest Speaker from Washington D.C., Section Chief Kareem Shora
 
Issues
  * Refugee Resettlement
  * Asylum Applications
  * Temporary Protection Status (TPS)
  * Travel Watch Listing Challenges
  * Travel-Related Challenges
 
Representatives from the following local leadership from DHS agencies including US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations (CBP OFO), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
 
Get All of Your Questions Answered
Free Admission
  
When: April 15, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Syrian American Club, 5729 Winsome ln., Houston, TX
 
Questions About Event Call: 281-777-3979
 
Click here for more info.
 

 
April 11, 2015  -  Palestinian Land Day with Dr. Jamal Zahalka
 
Dr. Jamal Zahlaka, Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset will be speaking in Houston this coming weekend at an event titled “Palestinian Land day”. Dr. Zahlaka will be discussing topics that are important to Palestinians in Palestine and abroad in commemoration of the Palestinian Land Day.
 

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center
 
The event is co-sponsored by the Palestinian American Council, the Palestinian American Cultural Center, Ramallah Club of Houston, and Beirzeit Society Houston.
 
For more information, visit www.PAC-USA.org.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 
 

 
April 11, 2015  -  Earth Day Houston
 
10th Anniversary of Earth Day Houston
 
Earth Day Houston, developed by Air Alliance Houston, is the Houston area’s premier celebration of our planet at Discovery Green. The FREE one-day celebration will focus on the merits of mindful, sustainable living while educating and encouraging Houstonians to do their part to preserve, conserve and enhance our city and the Earth. Earth Day Houston showcases more than 40 green non-profits, each educating visitors on how they can make Houston greener.
 
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11AM - 7PM
Location: Discovery Green, Downtown Houston
Cost: Free
 
  
For more information, visit www.earthdayhouston.org.
 

 
April 4, 2015  -  Rooted in Faith, Growing Through Service: CAIR 2015 Annual Banquet
 
Please join us for the 2015 CAIR-Texas, Houston annual banquet on April 4. Our keynote speaker will be activist Linda Sarsour and our guest speaker will be CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch. Celebrate CAIR with us!
  
When: April 4, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Westchase Marriott, 2900 Briarpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042

 
Tickets are $50 per person. Purchase a table of 10 and honor your family and friends as your special guest. Register today. Seats are already being reserved.
 
For more information, visit http://cairtexas.com/event/annual-banquet/.
 

 
March 30-April 3, 2015  -  Israeli Apartheid Week at UH
 
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2015 is here! IAW is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign (To learn more: http://apartheidweek.org/).
 
Join our week full of activism at UH! Stop by to get FREE food and FREE shirts Monday (3/30) and Wednesday (4/1) at our mock Apartheid Wall, checkpoint, and culture fair in the Butler Plaza, in front of MD Anderson Library.
 
Full IAW 2015 Schedule:
 
Monday (3/30): Mock Apartheid Wall and Checkpoint in Butler Plaza (11AM-4PM)
 
Tuesday (3/31): Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine featuring Remi Kanazi
(https://www.facebook.com/events/964617286912085/) - for more info on this event, click here.
 
Wednesday (4/1): Mock Apartheid Wall and Checkpoint in Butler Plaza (11AM-4PM)
Film Screening: When I Saw You (https://www.facebook.com/events/494509397364565/)
 
Thursday (4/2): Israel, Palestine, and the United States: The Context Beyond the Headlines with Alison Weir
(https://www.facebook.com/events/880132708697386/)
 
Friday (4/3): Window into the West Bank with Mariam Barghouti (https://www.facebook.com/events/1028990157129493/)
 
Share your experiences on social media using the hashtags #IsraeliApartheidWeek and #coogs4Palestine.
 
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/SJPUH.
 
Click here for flyer.
 

 
March 29, 2015  -  A Journey Around The Arab-Spring Revolutions Book Signing Event
 
In commemorating the 4th anniversary of the Arab-Spring, the Expatriate Arab Syrian Writer & Poet TARIF YOUSSEF-AGHA in association with BARNES & NOBLE @ Westheimer Rd. invites you to his new book signing-event "A Journey Around The Arab-Spring Revolutions - The Quest For Freedom, Dignity and Democracy".
 
In both, English and Arabic. published by Xlibris
  
When: March 29, 2015
Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Location:
Barnes & Noble, 7626 Westheimer Rd @ Voss. Houston, TX 77063
 
The author will donate his share of the sale to the Syrian refugees.
Limited copies
 
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 28-29, 2015  -  5th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
 
The 5th Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
 
This year's theme honors Palestinian Women: Heritage, History, and Art
 
Performances from Local and International singers, musicians, and dance troupes
 
We have an awesome line-up ready for you all! Can't wait to announce our Super star performers from Palestine!
 
Authentic Palestinian Food
Games and Activities for the Children
Palestinian Bazaar
Audience Games/Competitions for fun Prizes
Palestinian Art Exhibit
Palestinian Cultural Exhibit
 
When: March 28 at 1:00pm to March 29 at 9:00pm
Location: Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002
 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pacchouston.org.  
 
Click here for festival flyer.
 
Click here for festival schedule.
 

 
March 28, 2015  -  The Future of Muslims in America - Building Strength - Featuring Dean Obeidullah
 
At a time when American Muslims are facing unprecedented levels of scrutiny from the media, law enforcement and some of our fellow Americans, we need to build strength within our community to address the challenges we face. Our keynote speaker, Dean Obeidallah, has been on the forefront of using media and comedy to present a strong and pragmatic face of Islam in America. When he was at the White House a week before the North Carolina killings, he spoke to President Obama about the dramatic rise in anti-Islamic rhetoric in the media, and how it might lead to anti-Muslim hate crimes. He has a long track record of using comedy to build bridges between Americans of different faiths. MPA is delighted to have Dean come to Houston and address our community about how he sees media as the solution, not just the problem, for our current situation.
 
In addition, Imam Wazir Ali & Syed Sulayman Hasan will also be speaking at our Anniversary Event to address the theological perspective on violence and extremism. They will present viewpoints from major Islamic schools of thought and provide context for what has become an important national debate.
 
When:
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time:
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Sheraton Suites, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027
  
For more information, visit http://www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
March 28, 2015  -  "Empowered Women – Empowered Nation"
 
'An Inspirational Event with Sister Asmaa Hussein to raise funds and assist Women Entrepreneurship & Initiatives'
 
"A trained social worker and mother, Sister Asmaa Hussein's husband Amr Kassem was shot and killed by a sniper in Egypt in August 2013. Sister Asmaa is coming to Houston to tell her story. Her talk will describe how to pick yourself up after you've suffered through difficult times, and how we can all help our Muslim Sisters back up after they have endured similar trials."
 
We will also have Shaykh Gyasi McKinzie, a Graduate of the Islamic University of Medinah and a well known international and national speaker.
 
When: March 28 at 1:00pm to March 29 at 9:00pm
Time:
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Norris Conference Center (I-10 & BW-8), 816 Town and Country Boulevard, # 210, Houston, TX 77024

TICKETS: $25 per person (dinner is included)

Tickets can be bought online at www.hhrd.org or by visiting HHRD Houston Office:
10503 Rockley Road Suite, # 105B
Houston, Texas 77099

CONTACT:
Fatimah Rafati: 1-210-322-7235 / FatimahRafati17@GMAIL.Com
Abdullah ELAsmar: 1-832-518-7050 / Abdullah.ELAsmar@HHRD.US
Saad Ansari: 1-281-282-7010 / Saad.Ansari@HHRD.US

Proceeds will go towards Helping Hand's Skills Development Program for the Women including Widows:
Syrian Refugees in Jordan / Palestinian Refugees in Jordan / Local Jordanians in Jordan / Somalia / Afghanistan / Pakistan / Kenya
 

 
March 22, 2015  -  The Palestinian Issue: Dangers, Threats and Strategic Options
 
Hani Al-Masri
Policy Advisor, Al Shabaka Network
Director General of Masarat, Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies
 
In this talk, Hani Al-Masri, Director General of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies, discusses the dangers and threats facing the Palestinian issue, as well as what opportunities and strategic alternatives there are to the present situation. His examination provides an in-depth analysis of future options and what needs to be done towards long-term growth and prosperity for the Palestinian people.
 
Hani Al-Masri is a Policy Advisor at Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network and Director General of Masarat, the Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies. He founded and was director general of the Palestinian Media, Research and Studies Centre, Badael, between 2005 and 2011. He has published hundreds of articles, research and policy papers in Palestinian and Arab magazines and newspapers including Al-Ayyam and Al-Safir. He previously served as General Manager of the Printing & Publication Department at the Ministry of Information and as a member of the Committee on Government in the Commission of Dialogue held in Cairo in 2009. He is also a member of the board of trustees at the Yasser Arafat Foundation.
 
When:
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time:
5:30pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
    
Sponsored by The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC) and the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (ACC).
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 19-March 13, 2015  -  "Portraits of Denial & Desire" Exhibition
 
Exhibition Opening: Portraits of Denial and Desire by John Halaka
 
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 - Friday, March 13, 2015
Times: 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 100 Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, Texas, USA
 
Preserving the stories of indigenous Palestinians puts a human face, a living name and unique sets of experiences on their ongoing refugee crisis. Recording the narratives of Palestinian survivors and presenting them through art, literature, and film is part of a critical effort to make the unseen, seen, the unheard, heard, so that no one can ever say, "I didn't know." A professor of visual arts at the University of San Diego, John Halaka is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship that enabled him to develop the second phase of his project: Portraits of Denial & Desire. The images consist of diptych and triptych photographic compositions arranged to convey fragmentary psychological portraits of Palestinian refugees. The portraits present viewers with questions about the history and condition of the refugees and engage them in a process of constructing narratives about the depicted individuals.
 
His work is currently on exhibition in the Rice Media Center Gallery.

Exhibition reception, 6:00 p.m., January 19, 2015 public lecture by the artist 7:00 p.m.
Film screening "Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and her Nation," February 4, 7:00 p.m.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 10, 2015  -  Divided Societies, Volatile States: The Politics of Identity Post-Arab Spring
 
The popular demonstrations during the Arab Spring not only transformed the political and societal landscape across the Middle East but also challenged deep-rooted notions about the role played by national, ethnic and religious identity in the politics of the region. What are the historical roots and recent developments that have led to deepening ethnic and sectarian schisms? How does identity politics influence democratization and governance? What can local, regional and international actors do to limit the violence and extremism associated with specific forms of identity politics and encourage more inclusive political systems?
 
The Baker Institute Center for the Middle East will bring together regional and international scholars with a wide range of expertise to explain current trends and offer policy prescriptions to promote more inclusive and stable political systems in the region. Additionally, this conference will pave the way for further scholarship on contested identities amid volatile times of social and political change in the Middle East. The conference will focus on three areas where identity politics plays a key role: 1) sectarianism in the region; 2) gender, identity and conflict post-Arab Spring; and 3) Palestinians in Israel and the future of the Jewish state.
   
When: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005
  
The conference is free and open to the public.

Agenda

9:00 am  Registration and Breakfast

9:30 am  Welcome and Introduction
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, Baker Institute

9:35 am   Keynote Address — Identity Selection in a Changing Middle East
Shibley Telhami, Ph.D.
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

10:30 am  Panel I — Sectarianism in the Region
Moderator: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D., Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute

“The Islamic State and Gulf Sectarianism”
Frederic Wehrey, Ph.D.
Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“Playing on Identity: Elite Struggle and Fragmented Politics in Kuwait”
Claire Beaugrand, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut Français du Proche Orient

“The Emergence of Identity Politics among the Shia in Saudi Arabia”
Toby Matthiesen, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University

Noon  Lunch

1:00 pm  Panel II — Gender, Identity and Conflict Post-Arab Spring

Moderator: Marwa Shalaby, Ph.D., Fellow for the Middle East and Director, Women's Rights in the Middle East Program, Baker Institute

“Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: The Challenge to Women’s Rights”
May Seikaly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History, Department of Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University

“Narratives of Sacrifice: Palestinian Women, Violence and the Nation”
Maria Holt, Ph.D.
Reader in Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster

“Women’s Islamic Social Reform in Egypt: Beyond the Secular-Religious Divide”
Sherine Hafez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California at Riverside

2:45 pm  Break

3:00 pm  Panel III — Palestinians in Israel and the Future of the Jewish State
Moderator: Allen Matusow, Ph.D., Director of Academic Affairs, Baker Institute

“The Palestinian Minority in the Jewish State: Between Civic Status and National Security Concern”
As'ad Ghanem, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa

“Civic Zionism and the Challenges of the 21st Century”
Shuli Dichter
Executive Director, Hand-in-Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel

4:15 pm  Conference Adjourns
 
For more information or to register, click here.
 

 
March 7, 2015  -  Palestinian American Cultural Center's 5th Annual Gala
 
Celebrating Palestinian Women
 
Presenting Comedian Amer Zaher
Featuring Music by DJ Rami Shawa
Special Honoree, Dr. Aida Nasrallah
The Abu Obeida Community Service Award
The Palestinian Bazaar; Showcasing Art and Culture
   
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston 77056
    
Seated Dinner. Formal Attire Only.

Be sure to attend the Houston Palestinian Festival that will take place in Downtown Houston March 28-29, 2015.
  
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 7, 2015  -  ISNA Conference
 
ISNA Conference in Houston 2015
Theme: A "Manner" of Being: Exploring the Character of Muslims
 
When: March 7, 2015
Location: Westin Memorial City, 945 Gessner, Houston, TX 77024
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
March 5, 2015  -  Women and Islam: Addressing the Stereotypes
 
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Intercultural Center of Lone Star College Kingwood will host a panel discussion on women and Islam organized by CAIR-Texas, Houston.
 
The panel will be moderated by CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah.
 
Speakers will be:
 - Afshan Jilani
 - Abdullah Hernandez
 - Shireen Jasser
 - Maryam Chambler
 - Lauren Santerre
  
When: March 5, 2015
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Lone Star College Kingwood campus, 20000 Kingwood Drive, SCC Conference Center, Kingwood, TX 77339-3801
 
For more information, visit www.cairtexas.com.
 

 
February 28, 2015  -  Palestinian American Bridge Annual Banquet
 
The Palestinian American Bridge cordially invites you to attend the organization's 7th Annual Banquet Event.
 
The Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Quigley-President's Club Emeritus Professor at the Moritz Law College at the Ohio State University (Why Palestine Joined the International Criminal Court) . Other speakers include: Dr. Jennifer Loewenstein - Professor /Associate Director of the Middle East Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Assessing Palestine and the Israeli Right) and our Master of Ceremony Ms.Alison Weir, President, Council for the National Interest and Executive Director, If Americans Knew. The entertainment section will be performed by standup Comedian and a founding member of Axis of Evil Comedy Tour: Mr. Aaron Kader.
 
When: February 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Westin Galleria / Plaza Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056

Babysitting Available.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 27, 2015  -  The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group
 
The ACC Ladies' Night Out Group at Bait Al-Arab (ACC) cordially invites you to join us to celebrate Valentine's and Heart Awareness Month. Program will include:

 Make Up do with Souhair
 Games and Door Prize
 Bazaar Sale
 Face Painting
 Baby Sitting Available for Kids
 
Wear Red Optional
Bring a Savory Dish to Share and Join us for a Fun Night!
Coffee and Drinks will be provided
 
When:
February 27, 2015
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
For more information, contact the ACC.
 

 
February 25, 2015  -  Update on Egypt: Four Years After the Revolution
 
Guest Speaker: Samer Shehata
  
Egypt has experienced a tremendous amount of political activity during the last four years. It has had a "revolution" and a "coup," two constitutional referendums, three constitutions, and four presidents during this period. But is Egypt any closer to democracy? Dr. Samer Shehata will discuss the current state of Egyptian politics and what the prospect's are for the country's future.
 
When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time:
Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas 77027
 

Dr. Samer Shehata is Associate Professor of Middle East studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has previously taught at the American University in Cairo, Columbia University, New York University, and Georgetown University. His areas of research include Middle Eastern politics, Egyptian politics, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist Politics, and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. He is the author of Shop Floor Culture and Politics in Egypt and editor of Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change. His articles has appeared in both academic and policy journals including the international Journal of Middle East Studies, Current History, MERIP, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Middle East Policy.

Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register and/or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 22, 2015  -  Local immigrant churches to mourn Egyptian Christians beheaded in Libya
 
Click here for more details.
 

 
February 21, 2015  -  Remembering Deah-Yusor-Razan: Living their legacy!
 
Join us to live the legacy of these three humanitarian martyrs whose lives were cut short. Their lives were a huge reminder for us to take care of those around us, and we will dedicate our upcoming volunteer's gathering to honor them.
 
We will be performing the following activities:
  -Food Pantry Management
  -Hygiene Kits Distribution
  -Mercy on Wheels
 
Speakers: Br.Eiad Soudan and Br.Waqar Mehmood
 
We have all been inspired by Deah-Yusor-Razan and will make sure to keep their hard work going and not let their sacrifice go in vain. See you there inshAllah!
   
When: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time:
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
5645 Hillcroft Avenue #405, Houston Tx 77036
 
RSVP here. Invited by Icna Relief-Houston
.
 

 
February 19, 2015  -  Marina of the Zaballeen Movie and Director Q/A
 
The UH Arab Studies program, World Affairs Council Houston and Arab American Cultural and Community Center present the screening of "Marina of the Zabbaleen" and a talk by director Engi Wassef.
 
The film is about a young Coptic-Christian girl from the garbage collector class in Egypt known as the Zabbaleen. As you might imagine this is an opportunity for us to discuss critical issues pertaining to Christian-Muslim relations, women, poverty and social (in)justice in the Middle East.
  
When: February 19, 2015
Time:
7-9:30 PM
Location:
University of Houston, Science and Engineering Building (SEC 102)
 
FREE for all students. General public must REGISTER online for $15.
 

 
February 17, 2015  -  Braving Iraq - Documentary Screening with Azzam Alwash
 
The Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq are known by many as the birthplace of civilization. Situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the area was once an oasis of aquatic wildlife filled with lush reed beds, water buffalo, lions, foxes and otters. In the mid-1990's, Saddam Hussein burned, drained, and poisoned the are in retaliation of the Shiite Arabs, who had staged uprisings following the Kuwait invasion and fled to the marshes for refuge. The wetlands, once known as the Garden of Eden, turned to dust bowls, driving out the descendants of ancient Sumerians who had inhabited the area for thousands of years. Dr. Alwash will discuss the challenge of bringing environmental protection to the forefront of a nation focused on restoring peace and rebuilding infrastructure. We will be showing clips from his documentary, Braving Iraq.
 
 
When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray Street, Houston, Texas 77019
  
Dr. Azzam Alwash is the CEO and Founder of Nature Iraq, a non-profit created to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq's natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that it nourishes. Dr. Alwash is on the Board of Directors of the Iraq Foundation, an Iraqi NGO based in Washington D.C. Previously, Dr. Alwash worked for twenty years as a soil and environmental engineering consultant in southern California.
 
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register and/or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 16, 2015  -  Garden of Eden - Restoring the Marshes of Iraq
 
Guest Speaker: Azzam Alwash
 
The Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq are known by many as the birthplace of civilization. Situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the area was once an oasis of aquatic wildlife filled with lush reed beds, water buffalo, lions, foxes and otters. In the mid-1990's, Saddam Hussein burned, drained, and poisoned the are in retaliation of the Shiite Arabs, who had staged uprisings following the Kuwait invasion and fled to the marshes for refuge. The wetlands, once known as the Garden of Eden, turned to dust bowls, driving out the descendants of ancient Sumerians who had inhabited the area for thousands of years. Dr. Alwash will discuss the challenge of bringing environmental protection to the forefront of a nation focused on restoring peace and rebuilding infrastructure. We will be showing clips from his documentary, Braving Iraq.
 
When: Monday, February 16, 2015
Time: Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas 77027
 
Dr. Azzam Alwash is the CEO and Founder of Nature Iraq, a non-profit created to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq's natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that it nourishes. Dr. Alwash is on the Board of Directors of the Iraq Foundation, an Iraqi NGO based in Washington D.C. Previously, Dr. Alwash worked for twenty years as a soil and environmental engineering consultant in southern California.
 
Organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston. To register and/or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 15, 2015  -  Houston Silent Vigil in Honor of Deah, Yusor and Razan
 
Join us in remembering the three Muslim students - Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha - who were murdered at their condominium complex near University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This tragic events hurts us as Muslim students attending college, knowing that this can really happen to any one.
 
Pray for the lives that were lost last night, for the three people who dedicated their life to humanity.
 
When: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak, Galleria area, Houston
 
This event is supported by:
   Ahlul Bayt Student Organization at the University of Houston
   MIST Houston
   Syrian American Council - Houston Chapter
   Icna Relief-Houston
   CAIR Texas Houston
 
For more info, click here.
 

 
February 14, 2015  -  Screening of film “Citizen King”
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
February 14, 2015  -  Iman Academy Job Fair 2015
 
When: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Time: From 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
Room # 340A & 340B
 
Click here for event flyer, or visit www.imanacademy.org.
 

 
February 7, 2015  -  Town Hall Meeting with Police Chief McClelland
 
Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. and top HPD commanders will meet with the public in group and one-on-one settings at the Houston Police Department's Citywide Town Hall Meeting. Chief McClelland and his commanders will take questions and find out what issues are of most importance to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and to voice concerns and ask questions. The event will also be live-streamed on HPD's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/houstonpolicedept and live-blogged at www.hpdtownhallmeeting.blogspot.com.
 
Following Chief McClelland's address and a question-and-answer period, attendees will be able to break into smaller groups to meet with HPD patrol captains who oversee their neighborhoods. Members of various HPD divisions including Internal Affairs, Homicide and Juvenile will also be present.
 
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view displays of the HPD Helicopter, the SWAT Tactical Vehicle and participate in the "Shoot, Don't Shoot" simulator.
 
Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon
Location: Granville M. Sawyer Auditorium, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne
 
Free parking will be provided at Texas Southern University, as will accommodations for the hearing-impaired.
 
For more information regarding this event, visit www.houstonpolice.org or call 713-308-3200.  
 

 
February 4, 2015  -  "Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and her Nation" Film Screening
 
Exhibition Opening: Portraits of Denial and Desire by John Halaka
 
When: Monday, January 19, 2015 - Friday, March 13, 2015
Times: 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: 100 Rice Media Center, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston, Texas, USA
 
Preserving the stories of indigenous Palestinians puts a human face, a living name and unique sets of experiences on their ongoing refugee crisis. Recording the narratives of Palestinian survivors and presenting them through art, literature, and film is part of a critical effort to make the unseen, seen, the unheard, heard, so that no one can ever say, "I didn't know." A professor of visual arts at the University of San Diego, John Halaka is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship that enabled him to develop the second phase of his project: Portraits of Denial & Desire. The images consist of diptych and triptych photographic compositions arranged to convey fragmentary psychological portraits of Palestinian refugees. The portraits present viewers with questions about the history and condition of the refugees and engage them in a process of constructing narratives about the depicted individuals.
 
His work is currently on exhibition in the Rice Media Center Gallery.

Exhibition reception, 6:00 p.m., January 19, 2015 public lecture by the artist 7:00 p.m.
Film screening "Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and her Nation," February 4, 7:00 p.m.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 31, 2015  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Gala
 
Please Join Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer For a Fund Raising Banquet
 
Guest Speaker: Robert C Bast, Jr, MD, Vice President for Translational Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center
 
Entertainment, Live Auction, Silent Auction
   
When: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Sheraton Suites Hotel - Galleria, 2400 West Loop South, Houston
  
FECC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information, call Dr. Samia Khalil at 713-666-7678. http://www.fecchouston.org/
 

 
January 30, 2014  -   Palestinian Folklore Troupe in Houston
 
Please join us for an evening of Palestinian Folk Dance and Songs by Funouniyat Palestinian Folklore Troupe coming from Palestine.
 
When: Friday, January 30, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Ave, Stafford, TX 77477
   
Tickets: $25 / Parking: Free
 
All proceeds will be donated to GAZA.
     
For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org, or click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 29, 2015  -  Texas Muslim Capitol Day
 
Join Muslims from across Texas for a day of meeting representatives and advocate for targeted legislation.
  
When: January 29, 2015
Location: Austin, Texas
  
For more information, visit
http://cairtexas.com/event/texas-muslim-capitol-day/.
 

 
January 28, 2015  -  Ferguson: Now What?
 
Online Live Discussion with Ferguson and Muslim Civil Rights Organizers
 
MuslimGirl.net’s The Girls’ Room is proud to invite you to its second monthly installment, FERGUSON: NOW WHAT? The installment will be an online Google Hangout event taking place on Wednesday, January 28, at 8:00 PM EST. It is online, free, and open to all.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 8 PM Eastern Standard Time
Location: Google+
 
Features Guests:
-Ashley Yates, Ferguson Organizer, Co-Founder, Millennial Activists United
-Brittany Ferrell, Ferguson Organizer, Co-Founder, Millennial Activists United
-Linda Sarsour, Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York; Co-Founder, Muslims for Ferguson
-Dawud Walid, Executive Director, Council of American Islamic Relations-Michigan Chapter--Khaled Beydoun, Columnist, Al Jazeera English; Law Professor, UCLA
-Darakshan Raja, Program Manager, Washington Peace Center
-Moderated by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder, MuslimGirl.net
 
FERGUSON: NOW WHAT? will be bringing together prominent Ferguson and Muslim American civil rights activists to explore what Muslims can do to contribute to the movement. We will be taking a look at where we are now and where we can go from here. The discussion will be identifying how intersectional solidarity between the Muslim and Black communities can combat our individual and shared struggles.
 
Anyone may take part in the conversation and pose questions directly to the speakers using the hashtag #MGFerguson on Twitter. We will be featuring your tweets and answering your questions live on the air.
 
Google Hangouts only allow up to 100 participants at a time. Therefore, attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. After the live event ends, its recording will be immediately available online for your viewing. We encourage everyone to share and invite your friends to this online event. To RSVP and for a list of topics to be discussed, you can visit our Facebook event page here.

The Girls’ Room is a MuslimGirl.net online monthly series of Google Hangouts in which we discuss the topics that we all actually want to talk about with badass guests from the Muslim community and beyond. Be sure to subscribe to our emails to hear about upcoming episodes before anyone else.
 
For more information, visit http://muslimgirl.net.
 

 
January 28, 2015  -  Does Privacy Exist?: A Conversation About Technology, Privacy, and Speech
 
The Muslim Professional Association (MPA) is delighted to present Nabiha Syed, a constitutional law scholar and attorney with the law firm of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulze.
Nabiha will discuss what, if any, privacy we are entitled to as American citizens and critical role played by technology in eroding both our privacy and our other constitutional rights.
In addition to contributing to various law journals, SCOTUSBlog and Slate.com, Nabiha has written a book on Micro-Finance (Replicating Dreams, Oxford University Press). Nabiha has won numerous awards including being named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy.
  
When: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 6:15pm - 9:15pm
Location: Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas 77079
  
For more information, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
January 25, 2015  -  Relief for the Syrian Crisis Benefit Dinner
 
When: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Time: 5 pm
Location: St. George Orthodox Church, 5311 Mercer St., Houston 77005
  
For more information, click here.
 

 
January 20, 2015  -  Paris Attacks: Islamic Extremism and the Freedom of Speech
 
Guest Speaker: Karima Bennoune, University of California
 
Last week in Paris, in an attack on a French satirical newspaper, Islamic extremists massacred 12 people claiming they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed. While the vast majority of Muslims abhor such killings, these events illuminate the often stark differences between Western ideas of free speech and others' calls for respect for religion. What are the underlying issues that led to such differences? What role does Islamic law play, and does it allow for free speech? What is and can be done by Muslims and non-Muslims to combat this extremism and defend freedom of speech.
 
When: January 20, 2015
Time:
Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas 77027
 
Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California - Davis School of Law. She has published widely in many leading journals, as well as in the Guardian, The New York Times, Comment is Free, Al Jazeera English, and The Nation. She has served as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws. She has also been a consultant on human rights issues for the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the Soros Foundation, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, and for UNESCO. Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, southern Thailand, and Tunisia.
 
Her book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, will be available for purchase and signing at the program.
 
To register and/or for more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
January 18, 2015  -  The Road Forward in Syria: A Conversation with George Sabra
 
George Sabra, former president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces ("Etilaf") and current president of the Syrian National Council will be hosted in Houston by the Syrian American Council and the World Affairs Council of Houston on January 18, 2015 at Rice University. Sabra is a secular opposition figure, who has been politically active in the opposition since the 1970s. As President of the SNC, Sabra served as head of the leading opposition group against the Assad regime during 2013. Join us for a talk about the road ahead for Syria, followed by an open Q&A from the audience.
 
When: Sunday January 18, 2015
Time: Registration: 5 PM, Program: 5:30 - 7PM
Where: Rice University - Sewell 301
 
For more info, contact Shiyam Galyon, Syrian American Council - Houston Chapter President, Email: sgalyon@sacouncil.com; Phone: 281-777-3979.
 

 
January 10, 2015  -  Palestinian Cultural Night
 
Join Students for Justice in Palestine at UH as we celebrate traditional Palestinian culture! Although Palestinians have faced oppression for decades, the Palestinian culture continues to thrive and we want to celebrate that here in Houston. We will have a DJ playing Arabic music, dinner, speakers, dabke, a raffle, and more!
  
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 6 pm
Location: Ramallah Club, 3310 FM 1092 Missouri City, Texas 77459
 
$40 Adult Ticket
$20 Student Discount (with I.D.) and Child Ticket
Purchase tickets here.
 
Attire is business casual.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 and programming will begin promptly at 7:45 PM.
 
Funds raised will benefit the efforts of our student organization; they will primarily be used for our upcoming, on-campus BDS campaign. To learn more about BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions), please visit www.bdsmovement.net.
         
Click here for more information.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 10, 2015  -  Children of Conflict
 
In wake of the recent events that occurred against innocent children, Islamic Relief is hosting a fundraiser for Children Of Conflict. All proceeds will go towards helping children afflicted with violence and poverty around the world.
 
UNICEF declared 2014 to be the most brutal year for the world's children. Hence, IR launched the Children of Conflict tour. In the aftermath of the Peshawar attacks, its more vital for us to help these children who are suffering around the world and do everything we can. We are not as hopeless as we may think.
  
Speakers: Siraj Wahaj and nasheed singer Yahya Hawwa
 
When: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Dr., Houston, TX 77042
 
Tickets: $25 per person / Table of 10: $250 / Purchase Tickets Online
Professional Childcare will be available at this event
 
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/583832678413235/
 
For more information: 713.560.6680, 832.647.1049, asyedm@gmail.com

 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
Ends January 4, 2015  -  Arts of Islamic Lands
 
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
  
Location: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX, 77005
   
Click here for more information.