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


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Apr
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Consolidated General Election April 2
Apr 2 all-day
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Consolidated General Election April 2

Illinois will hold its Consolidated General Election on Tuesday April 2, 2019.

The election will includes candidates running for local offices including village trustee, municipal aldermen and in some areas for mayor or village president. Candidates will include those representing established parties that won their primary elections on Feb. 26, 2019, or who are non-partisan political party candidates.

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania. Vote. Election

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania


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Apr
19
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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
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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.


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Apr
22
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St. George Church celebrates 25th Anniversary of Weeping Icon miracle @ St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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St. George Church celebrates 25th Anniversary of Weeping Icon miracle

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago’s west suburb of Cicero will hold a special service on Tuesday April 22 to honor the 25th anniversary of the discovery of a weeping icon of the Virgin Mary that has come to be known officially as “The Miraculous Lady of Cicero, Illinois.”

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church officials will join other clergy, hierarchy and the faithful including Metropolitan Joseph and Bishop Anthony at a celebration of the anniversary to be held on Monday, April 22, at the church, 1220 S. 60th Court in Cicero, Illinois beginning at 7 PM. Officials said they will host a celebration November 14 – 17th, 2019 at the church also.

On April 22, 1994, parishioners witnessed tears shedding from the eyes of The Icon of the Theotokos on the Church’s Iconostasis. His Eminence the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who only last month passed away, formally declared the weeping icon a miracle and named it “The Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Cicero.”

Weeping Icon, Miraculous Lady of Cicero, St. George Church, Cicero, Illinois

The 25th Anniversary of the Miraculous Weeping Icon of Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois, is this Monday, April 22, 2019.

There will be Supplication Prayers to the Virgin Mary following the Bridegroom Service which starts at 7:00 pm this Monday.

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The miracle began as just an ordinary day. The congregation was engaged in the traditional Lenten chanting at St. George Church as Father Dahdal was preparing for the Friday evening services. Also visiting at the time was Father Douglas Wyper. Dahdal, Wyper and other parishioners at the church noticed that an Icon of the Virgin Mary had what appeared to be streaks coming from the Icon’s eyes. By the stroke of midnight at the church, the witnesses saw four streams of tears flowing down the icon that continued to the bottom of the icon itself.

In the 20 years since, more than 1 million visitors from around the world have traveled to the community of Cicero, Illinois in the United States, to visit St. George Antiochian Church and to view the Weeping Icon which is on continuous display for public viewing. Many people who came to the church with their ailing family members claimed that they experienced miracles as their family members were healed.


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Apr
25
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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
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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


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May
2
Thu
Forest Preserves of Cook County Hosts Three IHSA Fishing Tournaments @ Carlyle Lake
May 2 @ 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Forest Preserves of Cook County Hosts Three IHSA Fishing Tournaments

Students to compete at Busse Reservoir, Skokie Lagoons

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is hosting three Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Bass Fishing Sectional tournaments on Thursday, May 2, where students will be fishing for a chance to compete at the State tournament May 18-19 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Ill.

Two tournaments will be hosted at Busse Reservoir (Main and South pools) and one tournament will take place at Skokie Lagoons. Eleven local high schools with approximately 22 boats are participating at the Busse Reservoir Main Pool event; twelve local high schools, with approximately 24 boats will be participating at Busse Reservoir South Pool event; and 14 high schools with approximately 28 boats will be fishing at the Skokie Lagoons event. All events begin at approximately 8 am.

The boat ramps and parking areas adjacent to the boat ramps will be closed to public not affiliated with participating schools during the tournaments. Final weigh-ins begin at approximately 3 pm, weather dependent. The rain date for the events will be Monday, May 6, weather permitting.

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Young fisherman catches a decent size Perch at Candlewick Lake in Northern Illinois

Young fisherman catches a decent size Perch at Candlewick Lake in Northern Illinois

About the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Don’t you sometimes just want to escape? Explore the natural beauty of Cook County for an hour, a day or even a night. When you’re surrounded by 70,000 acres of wild and wonderful there’s no better place to feel free.

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May
17
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Candlewick Lakes opens gates for Garage Sale May 18-19 @ Candlewick Lakes
May 17 @ 9:00 am – May 18 @ 4:00 pm
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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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May
18
Sat
Reviving You: Trends Impairing the Middle Class and How to Improve Your Future @ Chicago Public Library, Uptown Branch
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Reviving You: Trends Impairing the Middle Class and How to Improve Your Future

Attend a special discussion Saturday May 18, 2019 at the Chicago Public Library, Uptown Branch, 929 W. Buena Avenue Chicago IL 60613 with David Dalka.

Click here for more information

Chicago Public Library lecture series, Uptown Branch

Chicago Public Library lecture series, Uptown Branch

Does it seem impossible to find a high-paying full-time job with good employee benefits?

Are you, a family member or friend unemployed or underemployed? Are you in a role that does not fully utilize your skills?

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Do you feel your college degree, especially for a white-collar career, no longer helps you in the job market?

Are you finding it harder and harder to make ends meet?

Does it feel like the middle class that was once a given is now slipping away?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, this session is designed especially for you.

Plentiful high-paying jobs with good employee benefits, once common, are now harder to find. When found, they are now harder to keep. Over decades, adverse trends have caused a decline in standard of living across the middle class. While the symptoms of middle class decline are obvious, the root causes are not. You can take positive actions to create needed social reforms to improve living standards and revive of the middle class.

After years of extensive research, David Dalka, Founder and Managing Director of Fearless Revival will share his insights and a framework for people to act to revive the middle class and improve their quality of life. This initiative of Fearless Revival is called #REVIVETHEMIDDLE – please share the following on Twitter or your favorite social media site:

#REVIVETHEMIDDLE – It is time to Revive the Middle Click here – a new initiative of @fearlessrevival


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