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From: Arab America E-News
To: Rep. Barlow, S.,
Subject: Weekend plans? We've got you covered!
Date: 2016-02-24T17:53:29Z

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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Arab America Picks a President: What is a caucus and primary, how do you participate in them? 

We're well into the presidential election
and the candidates are traveling from state to state following the calendar of caucuses and primaries. 

While the numbers of delegates and the selection process differs from state to state, you can vie to be one of them. 

Arab America contributing writer, Fred Shwaery, tells us why it is important to get active in your local political party, volunteer on a campaign, and start your journey on becoming a delegate!

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Sanders' Visit in Dearborn Appeals to Arab Americans

Bernie Sanders' visit to Dearborn garnered a following from college students and local residents alike. His visit was in Dearborn's diverse South End--the crux of the Arab American and Latino community. Arab America contributing writer, Julia Kassem, looks at Sanders' visit to Dearborn, a city situated in southeast Michigan with the highest percentage and concentration of Arab Americans in the country. 

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Mediterranean Cooking from the Garden with Linda Dalal Sawaya-
Balila and Spanokopita (without the "pita")

Balila is an Arabic word that rolls off the tongue in a musical way. As music is filled with variation, this Middle Eastern dish is as varied as the region from which it comes--also known as hommous mtabbal. This week, Arab America contributing writer, Linda Dalal Sawaya, features this delicious dish of cooked chick peas, garlic, salt, lemon, and olive oil. It's like hummous b'tahini--only partially puréed and without the tahini.

Featured Article
Arab Contributions To Rural Life In Spain

When a Spanish host smiles and makes his guest feel at home with the phrase 'esta casa es su casa.' he is only translating the words of his Arab ancestors, al-bayt baytak--this home is your home, or when he toasts his visitors saying, 'de salud sirva,' may it be your health, he is repeating the Arab expression, sahtayn, Arab America contributing writer, Habeeb Salloum, tells us why the Arab culture has remained in the Iberian Peninsula, and has contributed immensely to all facets of daily life.

Middle East Comic Relief featuring Ahmed Ahmed

The Markaz invites you to the 10th edition of Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief show. This year will feature very special guest headliner, Ahmed Ahmed, the Egyptian American star of Axis of Evil. Also, enjoy very funny young American comedians of diverse Middle Eastern heritage. Seating is limited and usually tickets sell out, so be sure to get your ticket today.  

Mohammed Assaf Benefit Concert in California

The Palestinian Children Care is proud to announce a benefit concert in California featuring Palestinian singing sensation Mohammed Assaf who has generously donated all his performances. The show will also have one of the best Palestinian American comedians as a special guest, Amer Zahr.

Film Screening: "7 Days in Syria"

Aletheia Films invites you to an advanced screeing of "7 Days in Syria" at the The Boedecker Theater. The film is a documentary feature unlike any other, offering a rare glimpse of life during war and the incredible lengths journalists go to shine a light in the darkest places on earth. "7 Days in Syria gives a window into the lives of families struggling to survive on the frontline of the Syria conflict. Their courage and resilience shine through impossible circumstances. Their stories will inspire greater efforts by all sides to end the bloodshed." -Angelina Jolie Pitt

Washington, DC
Breaking Through: A Humanitarian Approach to Besieged Areas in Syria

Join The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University for a discussion about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The UN currently estimates that 393,700 people live in besieged areas in Syria, but recent research has suggested that in fact the number is over 1 million. With analysts predicting that the city of Aleppo is soon to be besieged by the regime as a result of its current offensive in Northern Syria; this number could increase even higher. The panel will explore these issues by providing their insights based on recent research conducted in Syria, and their experiences of delivering aid to besieged communities.
Washington, DC
ANERA Social Hour at Spinfire Pizza

Join ANERA-American Near East Refugee Aid at Spinfire Pizza in Arlington to support refugees in Lebanon and Palestine. Your donation (ticket) provides education, health, and relief for families living in dire conditions - including Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon as well as families in Gaza affected by the 2014 bombings.

"I Am Egypt" Egypt Appreciation party

Reunite with old friends and make new ones. Egypt is embraced as Mother of  World with its rich culture and history. Join "I Am Egypt", an appreciation party this Saturday with authentic Arab music and dinner. 

Ziryab, The Songbird Of Andalusia

Silk Road Rising is proud to present "Ziryab" at The Historic Chicago Temple Building. Take an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain where we meet Ziryab, a former Kurdish slave who rose to extraordinary fame in the court of Abdar-Rahman II. Witness Ziryab's story: a musician, poet, and polymath whose contributions-like Leonardo da Vinci's in centuries to come-helped shape the world we live in today.

Film Screening: "5 Broken Cameras"

Heartland Alliance and the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago present a Sunday screening of the film "5 Broken Cameras". It's the first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature for the Oscar.  The critically-acclaimed "5 Broken Cameras" is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. 

Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy: Nihad Dukjan

The Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills announces an exhibition of Arabic calligraphy by Dr. Nihad Dukhan. This significant cultural show highlights the cross culture outreach by Dukhan and the Birmingham Unitarian Church to engage the larger community with beautiful Arabic art.

Piano Keys For Syrian Kids Fundraiser

Join The Center for Arab American Philanthropy, high school students Omar and Ziad Fehmi, along with several of their peers, for a very special piano concert to raise funds for Syrian children through UNICEF.  This international organization is making critical efforts to minimize the impact of the crisis on children - including the life-saving areas of health, nutrition, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as in the future of children through education and child protection. We hope to see you there to support this noble cause, led by local youth. 

Understanding Syria: A War Doctor's Memoir

Dr. Tarif Bakdash, a Syrian-American physician who works in Syrian refugee camps, will read from his new book, "Inside Syria - A Physician's Memoir," at an event in Missouri State University- West Plains University. The Harvard University and Cleveland Clinic trained neurologist put into context the political and humanitarian crisis facing Syria, the Middle East, and now, the world. The live reading- which will be the world premiere release of the memoir - will be followed by a Q and A session with Dr. Bakdash and a book signing.

New Jersey
The Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope in New Jersey

Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope invites to an exhibit at Princeton University. The project aims to finally tell the uncensored Palestinian refugee story to a mass audience through art, photography, video, and performance. The goal is to establish the first Nakba museum in the United States where the complete Palestinian experience can be acknowledged, understood, and empowered.


New York
Students for Justice in Palestine at St. Joseph's College: The State of Childhood in Palestine 

Students for Justice in Palestine at St. Joseph's College is proud to host Beth Miller, Defense for Children International-Palestine representative. She will discuss issues facing Palestinian children in the occupied territories- detention, Israeli military violence, and other violations of international law- and how DCI is working to uphold the rights of the child in Palestine.

Nemr Comedy Tour 

Join Houston Improv in welcoming the comedian Nemr, February 28, 2016. He is a Lebanese-American Stand Up Comedian who is credited with establishing and pioneering the stand up comedy scene throughout the Middle East where he performs in English. He grew up in San Diego and then moved back with his family to Lebanon where he went on to break down barriers and unite people in a region where bombing on stage can have a completely different meaning.


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