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April is National Arab American Heritage month @ National Arab American Heritage Month
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

April is National Arab American Heritage month

The month of April has been recognized as National Arab American Heritage Month by at least 8 U.S. States and the District of Columbia.

The effort needs to be expanded to include every U.S. State not only where Arab Americans live but in states where Arab Americans may or may not be sizable populations. The fact is that Arab Americans do live in every U.S. State an territory and their heritage deserves to be recognized as the heritage of other ethnic and racial groups are recognized such as African American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and more.

Here is an overview of U.S. States that recognize April officially as Arab American Heritage Month.

The campaign was spearheaded by Warren and Amal David of ArabAmerica.com based in Washington D.C. several years ago, and with the support of Ray Hanania and TheArabDailyNews.com.

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Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Inside the Tent at the Arabesque Festival in June 2010 when Richard M. Daley was mayor. Photos by Ray Hanania

Many states had inconsistent and different designated month celebrations, like in Illinois where for many years since the 1980s, November was recognized as Arab American Heritage month first in Chicago and then later expanded to Illinois by Governors Jim Edgar and George Ryan.

But since the election of Gov. Bruce Rauner, and because of anti-Arab policies embraced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois and Chicago Arab Heritage month celebrations in November were suspended. Rauner and Emanuel have taken very aggressive anti-Arab stands including with Rauner backing and signing an illegal state law that violates the U.S. Constitution punishing any American who criticizes Israel or supports a boycott of Israel by denying them state contracts or funding.

Emanuel, whose father was a member of the terrorist Irgun Tzai Leuhmi in the 1940s, has refused to meet with Arab Americans in part because of his desire to avoid raising the issues of his father’s past and his own anti-Arab policies.

Emanuel’s first act as Mayor of Chicago after being elected Mayor in April 2011 was to withdraw support and funding for the annual Arabesque Festival which was held at Daley Plaza under the supervision of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for some 4 years. Emanuel also dismantled the Human Relations Commission in a direct effort to dissolve the Advisory Commission on Arab American Affairs, the only agency in Illinois that addressed racism and discrimination against Arab Americans.

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

ArabAmerica.com leads a national effort to establish April as National Arab American Heritage Month in all 50 states. Image courtesy of ArabAmerica.com

The commission was targeted by extremist Jewish American organizations that support Israel complaining that the commission served as a base for the influence of Palestinian Americans, who make up more than 75 percent of the Arabs who live in Chicagoland (Chicago and the surrounding suburbs).

This year, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has introduced a law that would officially designate April as Arab American Heritage Month, joining seven states that already recognize April as Arab American Heritage Month. The law was announced during the annual Brunch & Forum hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Oct. 21, 2018 at Niko’s Banquet Hall.

There is a campaign to get President Donald Trump to also recognize April as Arab American heritage month, too.

Here is an overview of the States and territories that officially recognize and celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April each year.

Illinois will join 7 US States and 1 US District that recognize APRIL as Arab Heritage Month in America. The current April Arab American Heritage Month celebrations are:

Arizona. Click here for more details.

California. Click here for more details.

Virginia: Declared by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Maryland. Click here for more details.

Texas. Click here for more detailsCelebrated since 2013

Georgia. Celebrates every April Arab Heritage events

Washington DC. Celebrated since 2008

Michigan. Click here for resolution introduced by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Or read the resolution in full below:

A resolution recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month was introduced to the U.S. Congress by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell on April 5, 2017. Click here for more details.

Congressional Record

HON. DEBBIE DINGELL OF MICHIGAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Friday, April 13, 2018 Mrs. DINGELL.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month. Arab Americans throughout southeast Michigan and the entire country embody the best of America through their work ethic and contributions to our communities. It is always an honor to recognize April as National Arab American Heritage Month and celebrate the community’s diversity of creed, values and faith that strengthen America’s democracy. With almost four million Arab Americans living in the United States, it is important that we take the time to honor the momentous contributions made by these individuals. Arab Americans have greatly impacted the American way of life across a variety of fields, including education, business and government. Those of us in southeast Michigan know that whether they are a business owner, lawyer or factory worker, these individuals make our community a better place to live and raise a family. Michigan’s 12th District contains Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the country, and it is a distinct privilege to represent this community in Congress. Dearborn is a vibrant city that is home to people from all walks of life and backgrounds who have a common desire to foster a community in which families can thrive. Arab American community members are attributed to meaningful and lasting positive change in southeast Michigan. Notable contributions include the creation of the Center for Arab American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which teaches the history and experiences of Arab Americans in a fast growing facility and the opening of the Arab American National Museum, which is the world’s first museum devoted to Arab history and culture. These hardworking individuals make our communities strong and exemplify the values that make America great. During Arab American Heritage Month, it is my hope that the contributions of Arab Americans throughout our country’s history will be recognized and celebrated. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing April as National Arab American History Month. Their meaningful contributions to the United States are deserving of acclaim.”

Apr
19
Fri
Israeli elections, Ilhan Omar’s choice — Arab or Muslim? On Arab Radio @ WNZK AM 690 Radio Detroit
Apr 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Israeli elections, Ilhan Omar’s choice — Arab or Muslim? On Arab Radio

Radio talk show host Ray Hanania will host a program on Friday morning at 8 AM Detroit time on WNZK AM 690 radio to discuss the aftermath of the Israeli elections — a Palestinian Election Nakba. Joining him on radio will be Ali Younes.

Hanania is a columnist with the ArabNews.comnewspaper based in Saudi Arabia and in Dubai and Younes is an investigative reporter with Aljazeera English.

Hanania and Younes will talk about the aftermath of the Israeli elections in which Arab voters boycotted and only voted at a rate of about 50 percent, losing seats on the Knesset from 13 to 10. Had they voted to their maximum potential, they could have won 24 to 26 seats making them a formidable voice on Israeli policies.

Hanania and Younes will also discuss the vicious attacks against Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by the administration of President Donald Trump. Trump continues to cross the line in attacking Omar, Muslims in America and also the Palestinians. But the question that faces Omar is whether she wants to define herself as a Muslim or as an Arab American. An Arab Muslim from Somali, Omar faces the same criticism that is leveled against American Jewish activists who champion the cause of Israel over the interests of the United States. Dual loyalty is a serious issue regardless of your religion or heritage. Click here to read Ray Hanania’s column in the Arab News this week April 17, 2019

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Ilhan Omar Becomes First Somali Arab-American To Win Minnesota Congressional Primary

Ilhan Omar Becomes First Somali Arab-American To Win Minnesota Congressional Primary

Also, the show will include a segment with Adel Mozip who recently to fill a vacant board seat for both the school district and Henry Ford College on Tuesday, filling the seats that once belonged to current Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud. Mozip emerged from a field of 11 candidates who applied to fill the seat, which became open after Hammoud told the board she was concerned about a potential conflict-of-interest and vacated it. Mozip previously ran for the position twice before.

You can call-in to the radio show at 248-557-3300 during the show which airs between 8 AM and 9 AM in Detroit (7 AM and 8 AM in Chicago) and 2 PM to 3 PM in Occupied Jerusalem.

THE ARAB STREET Radio & Podcast is a part of the US Arab Radio Network hosted by Laila Alhusini … in an effort to energize and empower Arab Americans to stand up for their rights … for more information go to my website at www.Hanania.com

Go online:

https://arabradio.us/live/

https://tunein.com/radio/WNZK-690-s21615/

The radio show call-in number is 248-557-3300

Our show is available afterward on podcast on iTunes or by visiting the website www.TheArabStreet.org.

Hanania also hosts a second podcast exclusively on Chicagoland and mainstream American politics. For information on the “Ray Hanania on Politics” Podcast visit www.RayHananiaOnPolitics.com.

Apr
25
Thu
Orland Fire Coffee & Conversation: “What is Hospice Care & Are you Ready?” April 25 @ Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building Board Room
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Orland Fire Coffee & Conversation: “What is Hospice Care & Are you Ready?” April 25

Hospice Care and the Hospice experience will be the topics of discussion at the Orland Fire Protection District’s monthly public information meeting, “Coffee & Conversation” to be held Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 10 AM until 12 noon.

The “Coffee & Conversation” program features a wide-range of topics including public safety, avoiding fires, and features a guest speaker from the community offering free tips to help seniors and families save money

The program on April 25 will feature a detailed look into the Hospice care and services. A representative of Vitas Healthcare will lead the discussion.

Attendance at the monthly meetings are free to the public. No reservations are required. Refreshments will be served to attendees. The OFPD will offer coffee and doughnuts provided from a local bakery.

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The “Coffee and Conversation” program is co-sponsored by the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD), the Orland Senior Advisory Council, and Aishling Companion Home Care, 13255 SW Highway, Orland Park.

The meetings are held at Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building Board Room, 9790 W. 151st Street Orland Park, Il 60462.

CERT trainees take instruction from Lt. Bill Leddin and Engineer Tom Rafferty on how to properly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb in a 2016 training. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

The Orland Fire Protection District offers a wide range of programs for the public, from senior care and information Coffees to emergency training for the public. Visit the OFPD website at www.OrlandFire.org for more information. Photo courtesy of the Orland Fire Protection District

May
17
Fri
Candlewick Lakes opens gates for Garage Sale May 18-19 @ Candlewick Lakes
May 17 @ 9:00 am – May 18 @ 4:00 pm

Candlewick Lakes opens gates for Garage Sale May 18-19

The Candlewick Lakes Association will open the private neighborhood association which features one of the largest lakes in Northern Illinois to the public for its annual Garage Sale Saturday, May 18 from 9 AM until 4 PM and Sunday, May 19 from 12 noon until 4 PM.

The event is a great opportunity for families outside of the gated community to explore Candlewick, enjoy the lake and consider opportunities to purchase homes or property there while exploring a community-wide garage sale program both days.

Homeowners will display garage sale items in front of their garages during the three-day event (a two-day event for the general public). It’s a great opportunity not only to explore for antiques but to also find equipment for boating and lake pleasure.

The garage sale event will be open to residents-only and their guests on Friday, May 17 from 9 AM until 4 PM

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Jun
2
Sun
Candlewick Lake & Links Festival scheduled @ Candlewick Lake
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Candlewick Lake & Links Festival scheduled

Candlewick Lake Association
LAKE & LINKS FEST 2019
Sunday, June 2 – 12 Noon until 5:00 PM
Gates open to the Public

Candlewick Lake boat docked at recreation center restaurant

Candlewick Lake boat docked at recreation center restaurant

Here is last year’s schedule of events

Each year the Lake and Links Festival has a great selection of events. Here are some of the events from last year (We’ll update with the new schedule when it is set)

  • Noon: C.U.B.A. Demo in the Pool at the Recreation Center
  • Noon – 2:30pm: Espinosa & Coffey perform at the Recreation Center (lakeside)
  • 1:00pm: Fishing Clinic at the Recreation Center Fishing Pier sponsored by the Lake Management Commission
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Multiple Open Houses throughout the Community Available for Viewing: List of homes and map available upon request from the east & west gates and at the Realtor Tent.
  • 2:30pm- 5:00pm: Trinadora Duo performs at the Recreation Center (lakeside)
  • Noon – 5:00pm (includes all the listings below):
  • Food & Beverages at the Recreation Center (food trucks plus the Lakeview Eatery Restaurant); at Friendship Park (food truck); and at the Savannah Oaks Club House (order from the Club House menu)
  • Savannah Oaks Golf Course and Club House activities include a putting contest, pony cart rides, and Ping Pong Ball Drop 50/50 Raffle
  • Sean Huguenin and Bernie “Catfish” Miese perform at the Savannah Oaks Club House
  • Free Pontoon Boat Rides on the Lake from the Recreation Center (lakeside)
  • Kids Fun Fair including Face Painting, Fish Pond, Bean Bag Toss, Bozo Buckets, Sucker Pull, Pluck-a-Duck, (10 cents per game) and a Make-&-Take Craft (50 cents). Located at the Recreation Center (lakeside)
  • Craft Show in the Recreation Center
  • Large & Small Raffle Ticket Sales at the Recreation Center (lakeside). Raffle ticket costs: Large Raffle $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00 and Small Raffle $1.00 each. Winner need not be present to win, but will need to pick up item(s) no later than Friday, June 15th. Raffle drawing at 5:00pm
  • Classic Car Show at Friendship Park
  • Various Info Tents at the Recreation Center including: CWL Info Tent, Public Safety Tent, Realtor Tent, Belvidere/Boone County Food Tent (d0nations welcomed), and CWL Flames Tent

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Aug
25
Sun
Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage @ I&M Canal Boat
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the I&M Canal National Heritage

Join the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s FIRST National Heritage Area, celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary on Sunday August 25, 2019 from 10 AM until 4 PM. Ride on the I&M Canal Boat, 754 1st St, LaSalle, Illinois 61301.

In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, America’s first National Heritage Area. This “new kind of national park” was the first explicit marriage of preservation, conservation, recreation, and economic development.

Join us as the I&M Canal National Heritage Area celebrates the anniversary with a I&M Canal Boat Tour aboard the replica canal boat “The Volunteer”. Climb aboard & learn about why the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage area is so important in America’s history & how the I&M Canal created Chicago!

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I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal

I&M Canal Boat, Illinois. Photo courtesy of the I&M Canal

Sep
12
Thu
Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library @ Orland Park Library
Sep 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Ray Hanania: Politics, Arab Heritage and Comedy Orland Library

Award-winning syndicated columnist Ray Hanania will headline a free discussion comedy performance on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, beginning at 7 pm at the Orland Park Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park.

Join Ray Hanania in a discussion-performance on Chicagoland politics, Arab American Heritage and standup comedy at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 beginning at 7 pm.

An award-winning syndicated columnist who covered politics for nearly a half-century, Hanania was assigned as the fulltime City Hall reporter from 1978 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. Hanania is the author of several books including the humor book “I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing up Arab in America” (1996), “Arabs of Chicagoland” (2005), and “PoweR PR: The Ethnic Activists Guide to Strategic Communications” (2018).

A Christian Palestinian American whose parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem — “Jesus is my cousin,” Hanania boosts –Hanania is married to a Jewish wife and his two children, Carolyn who is Catholic and Aaron who is Jewish and who had his Bar Mitzvah in 2014. Aaron is also the author of the novel “The King’s Pawn,” published in 2018.

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Israeli Palestinian Comedy Tour in Tel Aviv Israel in 2007

Hanania discusses the shock and awe of Chicagoland politics and is an advocate of suburban taxpayer rights. He writes a weekly syndicated column for the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper, the Regional News, the Reporter Newspaper and the Des Plaines Valley News on regional politics and life, and weekly syndicated columns on the Middle East for MiddleEastMonitor.com online based in London, and for the ArabNews.com newspaper based in Saudi Arabia.

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Hanania is also an authority on Arab American heritage and settlement in Chicagoland. In the 1990s, Hanania led tours of “Arab Chicago” visiting a mosque and Arab church in Chicago for the City of Chicago’s Great Neighborhood Tours hosted by the Chicago Architecture Society from 2003 through 2010.

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

Ray Hanania on Politics podcast logo

In January 2002, Hanania launched a standup comedy performance and was immediately booked by Zanies, one of the country’s premiere comedy clubs where he performed 100 shows until he was booked with Jewish American Comedian Jackie Mason in August 2002 who demanded that Hanania not be allowed to appear on stage with him because Hanania “is a Palestinian.” The cancellation of the show created international headlines and more than 150 million news media impressions in reports in every major newspaper and TV and radio station in the world, from Cairo to Jerusalem to New Delhi to Chicago and New York.  In 2004, Hanania co-founded the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour with Israeli comedians Charlie Warady and Yisrael Campbell and Jewish American Comedian Aaron Freeman. The grouped performed for dozens of Synagogues, Mosques, Churches and Jewish, Christian and Muslim audiences in Chicago, Austin, New York, Tel Aviv, West and East Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba, Ramallah, and Dublin. Hanania also performed in Dubai and London as well as in Beirut, Lebanon.

Hanania’s most often quoted line “If we can laugh together, we can live together” was frequently cited as the mantra for the power of humor and its ability to cut through hatred and anger. Hanania was targeted by extremist Muslim and Arab groups for performing with “Israelis” — most Arab comedians will perform with Jews but will not perform with Israelis as a part of the anti-normalization and BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) restrictions.

Hanania’s standup comedy lampoons his life as an Arab growing up in America and as a Palestinian married to a Jew.

Hanania will present on Arab heritage, Chicago and politics, and perform bits from his standup comedy routine during the appearance at the Orland Park library.

For more information on Ray Hanania, visit his website at www.Hanania.com.

Sam Buca's Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sam Buca’s Palos Heights comedy show Sept. 2012 poster

Sep
17
Tue
Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library @ Palos Heights Library
Sep 17 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am

Arabs of Chicagoland presentation Palos Heights Library

Join writer, radio host and syndicated political columnist Ray Hanania as he discusses “Arabs of Chicagoland” at the Palos Heights Library on Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Hanania, an award-winning Chicago journalist, author, and humorist, will use his trademark sense of humor in discussing the history of Arab American heritage in Chicagoland.

Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463. 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM.

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

Arabs of Chicagoland book cover by Ray Hanania

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