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Medea Benjamin On Drones, Disrupting Business as Usual in DC

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Date/Time: 
Aug 7 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution $10
Where: 
The New Peace Center
3916 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City CA 90230
free parking in rear lot, street parking
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Did you know that a drone can be as small as a bumble bee?

Medea Benjamin, activist, author and cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace will be introduced by Jodie Evans who will moderate a public conversation on the use of drones by federal and local governments. The LAPD is debating the drone issue, join Medea Benjamin and local community leaders to stop drones in LA.

Did you know that a drone can be as small as a bumble bee, that local law enforcement offices are eager to be the first to have their own fleet of drones here in the US and that Obama has granted the CIA the authority to kill people in Pakistan and Yemen using drone "signature strikes" based solely on suspicious behavior?

Medea Benjamin's new book Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control is a well-researched investigation of these deadly weapons and how we can build a movement to stop them. Come hear Medea speak. Read a review.

Presentation of 2014 Peace Prize, US Peace Memorial Foundation, by Michael D. Knox, Chair.

On display an award winning art piece inspired by CODEPINK's work to end Drone attacks in Pakistan.

Enjoy music by composer/performer Vivek Maddala.

Middle East Drum & Rhythm Circle Led by Rowan Storm

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Date/Time: 
Jun 14 2014 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Price: 
Suggested contribution for two hours is $20 (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
play doumbek, daf, riqq live informally at the Levantine café

Come participate in a dynamic Middle East rhythm and drum circle, facilitated by percussion expert Rowan Storm, Saturday from 1:30 -3:30 pm, June 14, 2014. Beginners welcome. For all ages. Family friendly. Various hand drums and percussion provided, or bring your own. Info/reservations 323.413.2001 or just show up. Grab a drum or bring your own and join the fun! Visit carpetconcert.com or rowanstorm.com.

Suggested contribution for two hours is $20.

The Tunisian Revolution: Three Years On, What Can We Learn?

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Date/Time: 
Jun 11 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
free to the public, donations suggested ($10/$5)
café open from 6:30 serving Moroccan/shami food
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
Feryal Cherif and Oussama Laifi on the new Tunisia

You are invited on Wednesday, June 11, 7:30-9:00 pm to participate in a public conversation on the revolution in Tunisia and its aftermath, with visiting Fulbright scholar Oussama Laifi and Loyola

ADC Southern California Arab Empowerment Conference

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Date/Time: 
May 31 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm
Price: 
Space is Limited. RSVP by May 28, 2014 to adcocounty@gmail.com OR call 714.641.5884.
Where: 
17521 Santiago Canyon
Silverado, CA 92676
The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Orange County Chapter presents the Southern California Regional Conference, "Protecting Civil Rights, Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Promoting

Islamophobia, Analysis of the Muslim-Black Experience, Sohail Daulatzai & Asli Bali

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Date/Time: 
May 25 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10/$5 students (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking or at CVS underground lot
Subtitle: 
moderated by Asli Bali

Sohail Daulatzai, in a forum moderated by Asli U. Bâli, will discuss how the fears around "extremism" have impacted diverse Muslim communities (Black, Asian, Arab, etc.), and how this fear has reinvigorated the deeper criminalization of non-Muslim Black and Latino communities in the United States. He will explore the legacy of Malcolm X—the history of blackness and Islam together, the fear of what Malcolm X ushered in, and the politics he tried to put forward. He will ask what role Muslims should/could play in American politics, and the role does race plays in understanding government surveillance. 

This public forum on Islamophobia examines widespread racism and American policing and government spying. Racial and religious profiling remains a key concern in the Arab/Muslim community, while "stop and frisk" policing around the country still primary persecutes Black and Latino communities. Recent revelations of the massive surveillance apparatus of the NSA and other branches of the U.S. government have raised tremendous debate and concern around privacy and security, reinvigorating long-standing liberal notions about violations to civil liberties.

While mainstream America is concerned at the extent of government surveillance, there is very little alarm and in fact a great deal of public support for the continued surveillance of Muslim communities as a potential fifth column of "radicalization" and subversion in a post-9/11 climate. This forum is organized by LA Jews for Peace, hosted by the Levantine Cultural Center, and cosponsored by the United Methodist Holy Land Task Force and Council on American Islamic Relations-LA. Read a column by Sohail Daulatzai in The Nation.

Breaking the Silence presents book, "Our Harsh Logic"

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Date/Time: 
Nov 25 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10/$5 students (no one turned away)
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega and Fairfax
street parking
Subtitle: 
former Israeli soldiers offer testimony on the Occupied Territories

Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence, the organization of former Israeli soldiers, speaks out on the truth of the Palestinian occupation, and present the recent book Our Harsh Logic—"one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation" (The New York Review of Books). This public forum is presented by the Levantine Cultural Center with support from Jewish Voice for Peace-LA.

The very name of the Israel Defense Forces—which many Israelis speak of as "the most moral army in the world"—suggests that its primary mission is the defense of the country's territory. Indeed, both internationally and within Israel, support for the occupation of Palestinian territory rests on the belief that the army's actions and presence in the West Bank and Gaza are essentially defensive and responsive, aimed at protecting the country from terror. Read reviews.

"Heroes" Mural to Feature Middle East Cultural Icons

Heroes of the Middle East & North Africa Mural, 99 Cultural Icons

a mural project including life-size portraits of all the greats

The Levantine Cultural Center has unveiled The HEROES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA mural initiative, which proposes to create a large mural depicting cultural icons such as Rumi, Khalil Gibran, Fairuz, Naguib Mahfouz and other poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists who are symbols of peace through the arts.

LAPD Spying: Civil Liberties, Homeland Security, and the Israel Connection

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Date/Time: 
Nov 6 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Suggested donation $10/$5 students (no one turned away)
$26 with signed copy of "Goliath"
RSVPs advised due to limited seating, call 323.413.2001
Where: 
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking.
Subtitle: 
spying isn't just about drones and affects all our lives

On Wed., Nov. 6, investigative journalist Max Blumenthal and activist Hamid Khan will discuss "LAPD Spying: Civil Liberties, Homeland Security, and the Israel Connection" in a public forum in the Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Middle East Foreign Policy series. The program takes place at the Levantine Cultural Center.

As Dan Bluemel notes, "The federal government has been busy since the passing of the Patriot Act in 2001. Edward Snowden, an NSA whistle-blower, recently revealed that the NSA has been secretly storing vast amounts of digital information collected from millions of Americans' cell phone calls and Internet communications. Thanks to Snowden, citizens now have a much better idea of how busy their spy agencies have been, and who they have been targeting. However, one group, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, is trying to alert people in Los Angeles to the fact that domestic spying doesn't just happen at NSA headquarters in Maryland. Spying is local too, they say, and we can look no further than the Los Angeles Police Department." 

Interactive Middle East Drumming, Music and Dance at the Ford

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Date/Time: 
Sep 23 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: 
Free to the public, all welcome, interactive drumming and dancing
Where: 
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles CA 90068
near the Hollywood Bowl just the other side of the freeway
ample lot parking
Middle Eastern drumming, music & dance circle and jam session at the beautiful Ford Amphitheatre (if you've never been this is a great introduction), 7:00 - 9:00 pm and free admission!

Musicians participating include the UCSB Middle East Ensemble led by Scott Marcus ~ mizmar, ney; Jim Grippo ~ qanun; Matt Wright ~ oud; Susan Rudnicki ~ tabla baladi, darbuka. More info here.

Palestinian Women in Film, with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin & Yasmine Perni, Mission Viejo

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Date/Time: 
Oct 2 2013 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Price: 
$25 Patron of the Arts (early and priority seating)
$12 General Admission
$6 Students
Celebrate Palestine All-Events Pass (L.A. OR O.C.), $100
Click here to buy tickets
Where: 
Mission Viejo's Norm Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692.
Info 949.470.3062
directions: http://cityofmissionviejo.org/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=12478
Subtitle: 
a celebration of Palestinian culture

A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents an evening devoted to Palestinian women in film. Yasmine Perni's The Stones Cry Out tells the story of Palestinian Christians, while Mahasen Nasser-Eldin's documentary,Restored Pictures, explores the life of one of historic Palestine's first female photographers. Following the screenings, a panel will discuss filmmaking and what the playing field currently looks like, on both sides of the Green Line, for Arab women filmmakers. 

Palestinian Women in Film: Directors' Screenings with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin & Yasmine PerniPalestinian Women in Film: Directors' Screenings with Mahasen Nasser-Eldin & Yasmine Perni 

In Restored Pictures we travel in this documentary between Bethlehem, Haifa and Nazareth to explore the life of Karimeh Abbud—the first female photographer in pre-1948 Palestine. Born in Bethlehem in 1894, Karimeh rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession after receiving her first camera as a teenager. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s. Following the screening, director Mahasen Nasser-Eldin appears live in conversation with Yasmine Perni at Mission Viejo's Norm Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. Info 949.470.3062. Directions.

With The Stones Cry Out we begin to understand that all too often media coverage of the conflict in Palestine has framed it as a fight between Muslims and Jews, largely ignoring the fact that Palestine was the birthplace of Christianity, that Palestinians are both Muslims and Christians, and that Palestinian Christians have played a critical role in their land's history and the struggle to maintain its identity.