Events Updates for May 4, 2008


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 7:00 PM.  Amnesty International Group 87 Meeting.

Questions about our next meeting? Email Sandy at or call at 670-4499.

Location: United Summit Methodist Church, 82 E.16th Ave (2nd Floor), 43201.

From High Street, go East on Lane (0.3 miles), Turn RIGHT INDIANOLA AVE. (0.2 miles); Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 16TH AVE (0.1 mile). The Church is on the right. Park/enter in the back. Look for AI sign on door.         


May 8th, 2008, 11:30-1:15.  The Columbus Council on World Affairs Event - famed Turkish political cartoonist and satirist Salih Memecan.  Location:  the Athletic Club of Columbus.  If you recall the ongoing global controversy caused by a Danish newspaper's publication of editorial cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, then you understand the power that this genre has to influence politics, society and public opinion. Mr. Memecan will analyze Turkey's internal political debate and relationship with the world via twenty of his most powerful cartoons.  More details are attached. To register, go to or call Maria Bowman at 614 229 4599 X 402. Contact:  Maria Bowman, Director of Community Programs, Columbus Council on World Affairs, 51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: 614.229.4599 extension 402.  Fax: 614.229.4598


May 8th, 2008, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Ohio Fair Schools Campaign Statewide Meeting.  Meeting Location:  First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street in Columbus. Please join us!  The Ohio Fair Schools Campaign office is located at: 94 Columbus Rd.Athens, Ohio 45701.  (740) 592-2866, Website:


Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 5:00 PM Reception and Bazaar; 6:00 PM Program and Dinner. COLUMBUS CAIR CHAPTER ANNUAL BANQUET, 10th Anniversary Celebration!  Council on American Islamic Relations, Columbus Chapter. 



Sulayman Nyang teaches at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he serves as Professor of African Studies. From 1975 to 1978 he served as Deputy Ambassador and Head of Chancery of the Gambia Embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Following his diplomatic stint, he immigrated to the United States and returned to academic life at Howard University, where he later assumed the position of department chair from 1986 to 1993. He also serves as co-director of Muslims in the American Public Square, a research project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. 


Mr. Awad helped found CAIR in June 1994, which has grown rapidly in the United States and Canada. CAIR's experts are frequently interviewed on national and international media such as CNN, BBC World Service, the New York Times and Washington Post while its trademark Action Alerts go nationwide by fax and worldwide on the Internet. In 1997 Mr. Awad joined the Civil Rights Advisory Panel to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Mr. Awad conducts media seminars across the country to train Muslim communities in communication techniques. CAIR's publications on the status of Muslim civil rights in the United States have been featured on several talk shows and distributed to every member of Congress. He helped CAIR carry out successful campaigns against major corporations, including Nike, and Simon and Schuster, resulting in the recall of products offensive to Muslims.


Azhar Usman is a standup comedian, lecturer, and community activist. Azhar was born and raised in Chicago, though his parents are originally from India. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Azhar has been performing standup comedy since early 2001. He has performed standup in many major cities around the country, as well as in the United Kingdom.

Location:  Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017

Tickets:  Adults, $40.00,  Student, $30.00, Call 614-451-3232, or email


Monday, May 12th through Friday, May 16th, 2008, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Al-Nakba Week on OSU Campus.  Come join us and remember those who lost their families, homes, and lives in 1948 when Israel was created. We will have tents set up with pamphlets and books as well as music and food!! We are looking for people to volunteer at the tents from 9-5 every day during that week.  If you would like to help us hand out information and educate others about al-nakba, please e-mail us back with the times you are free.  Also on the 15th of May, we will be having a candle light vigil for those who are suffering in Palestine, as well as those who are refugees in neighboring countries. Mark these dates on your calendars!!!  Sponsored by OSU Committee for Justice in Palestine.  Contact:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 1:30 PM.   Asian American Studies Annual Distinguished Lecture: "Missing: Youth, Citizenship, and Empire Aftter 9/11." Dr. Sunaina Maira.  Dr. Maira is author of Desis in the House: Indian American Youth Culture in New York City and co-editor of the anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America, which won the American Book Award in 1997.  Co-Sponsored by: The Multicultural Center, COH Diversity Committee, the Humanities Institute, Departments of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Comparative Studies, and English.  Location:  Hale Cultural Center, OSU Campus.   Contact:


Saturday May 24th,  2008, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  Surviving the Coming Economic Depression.   

Morning session:  10:00 AM.  Showing of the video:  “Money as Debt” by Paul Grignon followed by a break for lunch (not provided).  Afternoon session 1:00 PM and ends at 3:30 PM.  The Agenda Toward a Sustainable Economics.  Free and open to the public.  Location:  Room 100.  Northwood Community Building, 2231 N. High St.  Sponsored by Central Ohio Chapter of the Alliance for Democracy.  Contact 299-4702 (Tadit) or