MSA East Coast Conference in Raleigh, NC!

Salaam ISBUers!

UNC Chapel Hill is hosting the annual MSA East Coast Conference in Raleigh, NC from March 22-24. Early bird registration is $35 and funding is available if requested.

MSA East Zone Flyer

Click here for more info and here to contact about funding!

Great networking and social opportunity for those who are interested!

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Yalla Change!

Salaam ISBU,

We would like to introduce new efforts on behalf of the Arab American Institute (AAI), a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. through two primary focus areas: campaigns/elections and policy formulation/research.

AAI offers you the chance to join a growing network of young Arab Americans through our new advocacy campaign called Yalla Change. Yalla Change was launched earlier this year with the goal of fostering dialogue about a variety of pressing issues such as bridging the divide between America and the Arab World, Arab American civil rights, Islamophobia in America, and many more. Especially in the year leading up to the 2012 election, it is crucial for Arab American youth to mobilize around issues important within our community, working to allow their voices to be heard in American government and society.

At this time, we would like to extend an invitation to your organization to apply for our paid Yalla Change Campus Internship:

We are looking for five paid Yalla Change Campus Interns, located in major cities, to work up to 20 hours per week on mobilizing student groups and individuals around Yalla Change. Major responsibilities include planning at least two Yalla Change events per semester, recruiting volunteers and interested individuals to sign up for Yalla Change, and attending AAI & NNAAC’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, MI on Sep 30-Oct 2 (travel expenses will be paid).

Your organization also has the opportunity to send representatives to our National Leadership Conference, a joint conference held by AAI and the National Network for Arab American Communities. Scholarships and student rates are available.

Arab American leaders from across the country will be working on three distinct tracks: advocacy, community building, and organization. We will be focusing on promoting the civil rights of Arab Americans and American Muslims, enhancing US-Arab relations, and supporting Palestinian human rights and freedom.

Please feel free to contact us at EManna@aaiusa.org with any questions or concerns.

Shelter Home Fundraiser

When: Sunday August 7, 2011 7PM-12AM
Where: Lombardo’s at 6 Billings Street, Randolph, MA.

Tickets may be purchased online
(TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR TO ENSURE ACCURATE COUNT FOR CATERER)

As many of you may already know, Ramadan is right around the corner! It is time to renew our intentions, repent, and become closer to Allah (SWT). On August 7, 2011, MSHCB (Massachusetts Shelter Home Committee in Boston) and ICNA Relief Boston will be holding a fundraising dinner to raise money for initiating the first Muslim Oriented Shelter home here in MA. Come listen to live stories from people who survived the many hardships of being homeless. These people do not only speak for themselves, but they speak for the indigent Muslim population that many people are blinded to.

It is important that people realize that this shelter home is an extreme necessity for our community. Muslim families are losing their homes, getting separated from their children, undergo hunger, and believe or not, a majority do not speak English. They don’t receive the help that they should be getting from the Muslim community. It is time that we open our eyes and begin to realize that there is world seeking our help. This world consists of our dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters. Please make an effort to attend the dinner and contribute to this cause. There will be a three course dinner along with desert.There will be free babysitting with snacks and games.Taraweeh prayer will also be available for your convenience.

Please RSVP by buying your ticket ahead of time. JAK! See you there insha Allah!

General Project Info:
* 6 Bedroom Victorian Home in Roxbury, vacant for 10+ yrs, needs renovation
* A Roxbury Masjid owns property
* Address must remain anonymous to ensure safety of Domestic Violence victims
* We are having a contractor check structural stability and give exact quote of costs to renovate. (Estimated $50,000 to restore)
* We will be able to accommodate 6 families and/or 12 single women.
* Women will be provided a 1yr stay and provided case management
* Cost about $150,000+ a year to operate facility; includes food, staff, insurance, etc.

Adult Ticket: $40
Free Babysitting
(TICKETS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR TO ENSURE ACCURATE COUNT FOR CATERER)
Tickets will be sold at Friday prayer at Various Boston Area Masjids.

Event Contacts:
Mona Salem: mona.salem@simmons.edu
Malika Rushdan: malika@icnarelief.org or Ph. 347-754-1067

Help Alhuda Academy Win a Playground!

The Worcester Islamic Center, also home to the Alhuda Academy, has applied to Pepsi to have them fund a playground to be built behind the masjid, inshaAllah. In order to pull this off, they need massive amounts of votes…as soon as possible. All you have to do is log on using your facebook login and it automatically votes/”likes” the idea. Vote once everyday because each day it counts for a different time! If any of you don’t want to use facebook, you can make an account with PEPSI and still get your vote in. The cause is TOO worth it to not take a few minutes of our time to help out.

Vote NOW at: http://www.refresheverything.com/alhudaplayground

Get more info about Alhuda Academy here: http://alhudaacademy.org/

Americans for Informed Democracy

Dear Friends:

The time has come. The time to rise up. To learn more. To speak out.

We are barraged with media, advertising and spin. Too often the issues we care about don’t get the serious attention they deserve.

But we can change that. This summer, Americans for Informed Democracy is issuing a call for concerned young people interested in leading national conversations and campaigns around critical global issues like climate change, security, food and global health.

We need you to help us influence the debate around these critical topics, keeping them on the public radar alongside pressing domestic issues. Because the security, health and happiness of young people around the globe affects us all.

Will you join us? You don’t need to be a seasoned activist or organizer, just someone with the drive and energy to make a difference. Here’s how:

1. Join a campaign team. Teams lead AIDemocracy’s national-level work educating and mobilizing students to take action. We are looking for the following positions for each of our four campaign teams: Security, Climate Change, Food Security and Sex & Justice (so yes, there are a total of 16 positions!):

Coordinator: recruits, supports and inspires a team of 4-8 students working on the issue.
Issue Analyst: provides thoughtful analysis and commentary on relevant national and foreign policy issues.
Organizer: identifies, recruits and mobilizes other young people from across the US around the issue.
Communications Guru: directs our use of print and new media around the issue, including blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

These are excellent opportunities to build leadership, organizing, policy analysis and communications skills. Find out more on our website.

2. Talk about sex. And maternal health. And much more, as one of our Global Health Fellows! Fellows lead conversations around key global health challenges, benefit from in-depth issue and advocacy training, and inspire their peers to take action. Find out more on our website.

3. Bring it all home. Our Security Campaign Team is also recruiting ‘What’s It To Me?’ Bloggers. Bloggers write monthly posts exposing the links between global security issues and local communities in the United States. Find our more on our website.

All positions are for the 2011-12 academic year.

To apply: Please send a resume and statement of interest to opportunities@aidemocracy.org. You do *not* need extensive experience to apply; they are learning opportunities. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Feel free to contact us with questions about the positions. Find out more on our website.

Thank you for helping us build a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world. Now let’s do this!

Sincerely,
Karen, Patrick, Ian, Rachel, Kait, Tracy, Bill, Anton, Yasmine, Scott and the rest of the AIDemocracy team

Islamic Relief

Imagine that you have been surrounded by violence and instability for months. Every time you need to step outside your door, you have to decide whether buying food or seeing the doctor is worth risking your life. You’re left with one final question to ask yourself—“how do I get myself and my family to safety?”

Our brothers and sisters in Syria have been asking these questions every day for the past four months due to clashes between government authorities and civilian protestors. Thousands have answered it by fleeing to border regions in neighboring Lebanon.

These Syrian refugees and their hosting families and friends in Lebanon need your help.

It is estimated that 6,000 Syrians have already made it to the Lebanese town of Akkar. Some 50% of Akkar’s residents already live below the poverty line—the influx of refugees is sure to strain already limited resources.

Donations from supporters like you are crucially important to helping improve conditions for both the residents and the refugees in Akkar.

Your support will help provide:

Food
Hygiene kits
Clothing
Health care services
Your contribution will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people who are suffering.

Please donate to the Middle East Humanitarian Crisis fund to help get these vital resources to the people of Akkar now.

Jazakum Allahu khair for your generosity,
Islamic Relief