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Dear ADC-NY friends, colleagues and supporters:

On behalf of the New York Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, we are proud to announce that our office has moved to a new space. We are now located at 25-82 Steinway Street, Suite 2R (between 25th and 28th Avenues), in the heart of the Arab-American community in Astoria, Queens, and we can now be reached toll-free at 877-ADCNY10 (877-232-6910) or by email at adcny@adc.org.

ADC New York works to protect the civil rights and promote the cultural
heritage of Arab Americans by conducting political advocacy, providing legal and educational services, organizing and sponsoring cultural events, and raising awareness of Arab-American interests and issues in the mainstream U.S. media.

We are excited to announce our new location and our rededication to serving the needs of the Arab population in NYC! Thank you for your continued friendship and support.

The Board Members of ADC-NY

 

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ADCNY Board Member, Rami Nuseir, addressed an important community conference to prevent hate crimes on April 9, 2008:

STEPPING UP! A COMMUNITY CONFERENCE TO PREVENT HATE CRIMES

When was it?: Wednesday, April 9, 2008; 8:30 a.m.

Where was it?: BROOKLYN COLLEGE CONFERENCE CENTER

Campus Road & East 27th Street, Brooklyn

Rami was part of a speaking line-up that allowed professionals, community leaders, activists, advocates, agency executives, educators and case workers to acquire tools and resources to prevent hate crimes in their work and daily lives.

Event program highlights included presentations by Hassan Askari, a Bangladeshi Muslim who defended a Jewish man who was being attacked by a gang of ten; Devorah Halberstam, Director of Foundation and Government  Services at the Jewish Childrens Museu; Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Sergeant Ronald Lynch of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force; Keynote Speaker Reverend Clinton Miller, Brown Memorial Baptist Church; Rami Nuseir, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee New York Chapter and We Are All Brooklyn Fellow; a special performance by CityKids Repertory Company; an audio presentation from StoryCorps; and Henna White, Mothers to Mothers.

 

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ADCNY Board Member Asli Bali spoke at the United Nations, March 25th, 2008:

Washington, DC | March 25, 2008 | www.adc.org | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was represented by National Board Member Asli Bali, Esq. at the United Nations on March 26.

Bali spoke on a panel entitled, What Would Martin Say? Human Rights and the Global Struggle Against Racism Forty Year After the Death of Martin Luther King Jr. at the United Nations, part of the New Human Rights Dialogue Series.  Also speaking on the panel was: Reginald Shuford, American Civil Liberties Union; Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights; Yael Berda, Human rights lawyer in Israel; Patricia Williams, Columbia  University, School of Law; and H.E. Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN. It was moderated by Craig Mokhiber, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Sponsored by: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Public Information, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, and the Permanent Mission of Jamaica. 

A collaborative initiative of states, NGOs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the New Human Rights Dialogue Series is a 12-part, monthly series of discussions at United Nations Headquarters, leading up to the celebration on 10 December 2008 of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The series is intended to provide a constructive, open forum to examine and debate new issues, new actors, new approaches, new challenges and new opportunities impacting on the realization of our human rights.

For more information, contact the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at 212-963-5931

 

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ADCNY co-sponsors Simon Shaheen Benefit Concert on April 17th, 2008:

BENEFIT CONCERT by SIMON SHAHEEN
for MOHAMMAD BAKRI (Director of "Jenin Jenin")

Presented by: Xanadu*, MB Legal Defense Fund NYC, Alwan for the Arts, and ADC New York Chapter

When was it?:  Thursday, April 17, 2008, 7:30pm

Where was it?: Historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chelsea
346 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Proceeds went to benefit the Mohammad Bakri Legal Defense Fund

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDED:

MC COMEDIENNE MAYSOON ZAYID
SYRIAN CLARINETIST KINAN AZMEH
SINGER YAFA BAKRI

Renowned 'udist and violinist Simon Shaheen  presented this benefit concert for actor and director Mohammad Bakri, who is currently standing trial in a libel suit brought against him by five Israeli soldiers for his documentary, "Jenin Jenin".

Ticket sales and donations contributed to his legal defense fund.

SIMON SHAHEEN:
http://www.simonshaheen.com/biography.htm

MOHAMMAD BAKRI:
http://www.mohammadbakri.com/biography.php?lang=en