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UN international day for elimination of racial discrimination

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UN international day for elimination of racial discrimination


Thursday March 21 2019

starting 8:45 am

join us for CROSS CULTURES magazine's

18th annual

commemoration for the entire Waterloo Region

of the

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

at Kitchener City Hall

open to everyone

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morning

focus on students from . . . public, Catholic and private schools

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8:30 Arrive

8:45 Indigenous Prayer

elder Jean Becker

followed by
O Canada sung by a First Nations group Asani, a circle of First Nations and Metis singers

9:00 Dignitaries greetings

L G message

9:15 International Students from Resurrection speaking about their experiences coming to Canada as a refugee

10:00 Resurrection students Panel discussion

10:20 Break

10:30 Activity lead by Monsignor Doyle ... and others

11:00 Lunch (students bring their own lunches to eat in forum)

11:30 Tawheed Musa -Cameron Heights - presentation and interactive discussion:

"What if the world was born blind? The individuals conceived in the 20th century were the last to be born with eyes. From there on, God created all future generations without the gift of vision. How would we live? How would we eat? It’d be easy to sleep. But how would we enjoy the simplest things like seeing our favourite artist in concert or hitting McDonald’s late at night with our crew? How would we even know exactly what we looked like? With a continuation of this conception, eventually, there’d come a point in time where the last sighted person passes and the world is left to question what to do next. How would survival be possible? Open your eyes. If you “judge” a person by the tone of voice, creative choice in words, manners, personality, and without the extra features we include to our list of standards because of what we see, I wonder who our companions and real friends would be"

12:15 Islamic School of Cambridge - 2 nasheeds, a poem and recitation

12:35 Carla Beharry on Youth Identity

an engaging and interactive storytelling session. We'll use guided prompts to share our favourite pieces of our own personal cultures, and will get curious about listening and learning about the cultures of our friends and classmates. This session will be guided with the intention of building equity and inclusivity in our schools and communities, and to cultivate a sense of courage and empowerment in all youth

1:20 closing remarks

1:30 On the bus

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afternoon

. . . in a healthy democracy (which is not the same as having elections) citizens have an obligation to discuss politics and what their politicians are up to and hold them accountable ... remember "use it or lose it"?? ... in fact, in my humble opinion, the low voter turnout is a direct result of that very idea of not discussing politics ... as for religion .. if people learn to listen with respect, a lot of barriers could be transcended by open and frank discussions

SHOULDN'T WE BE TALKING ABOUT THIS ?

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2:00

Self - Love and Inclusivity

by Carla Beharry

How do we maintain the special cultural traditions of our birth country, while also embracing a new land, and a new environment? In order to fully feel grounded and balanced in a new community, it is necessary that we first cultivate a deep level of self-love and self-worth, and that we become very aware of the values that we need to hang onto, as we integrate into a new home. It is only from a place of connection to our own values, can we start to reach out, and connect with new friends and new communities. An interactive talk, with Carla Beharry to encourage deep listening, respect and inclusivity across all cultures in our community

Carla Beharry is a proud Inter-Cultural Canadian, born and raised with a Guyanese Father, and a British Mother. Carla began mentoring women and girls in Guyana, Belize, and Trinidad & Tobago, 16 years ago. Her work abroad encompasses teaching sexual health & HIV education, as well as leading empowerment and resilience groups for women and girls, focused on encouraging women to share their stories about overcoming trauma, hardship, sexual violence, and loss

Carla is the founder of The WOKE Women's Movement, and the Stories of Resilience & Challenge in WOKE Women Speaking Events, and the WOKE Girls Empowerment Sessions, designed to give women a space to discuss gender, identity, race, self-confidence and self-worth. The groups are lead with the intention of supporting women in rising up against discrimination, while cultivating courage, kindness, compassion, and resilience. Carla can be found online at:

https://www.infiniteoceans.com or on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/carla.beharry/

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3:00

Getting to know each other through our stories & experiences

by Selda Sezen
What is happening now in Turkey: Where is the country heading to just before the Municipal elections on March 31

by Engin Sezen

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4:00

open interactive roundtable discussions

A N T I :

Islam, Judaism, Semitism, Zionism, etc

Racism & Bigotry

by Majid alSayegh

Our world has seen a significant increase in tensions across boundaries of religion, ethnicity, and politics. What roles do bigotry, prejudice and race play in fueling hatred and violence? What can we do to reduce tensions? What can we do to confront those who promote fear and hatred? Majid Alsayegh will discuss approaches to intercultural and interfaith dialogue that have been proven effective in transforming individuals from all walks of life

Majid Alsayegh was born and raised in Mosul, Iraq, he chairs the Board of Delaware Valley University, and chairs the Board of the Dialogue Institute, a non-profit that teaches the skills of dialogue and critical thinking, empowering leaders from around the world to sustain transformative relationships across lines of religion and culture. Majid also serves on the national Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, a bi-partisan group of business, political and religious leaders who are working to address hate crimes and protect religious freedom. He is a co-founder, and chairman emeritus of Intercultural Journeys. Majid lives on a farm outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he raises Arabian horses. Majid is the founder of Alta Management, LLC, which oversees design and construction of major capital projects in the public and private sectors such as the Judicial Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Penguins arena, and the new Family Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Defining anti Semitism, Judaism and Zionism

by Robert Fantina

is an author and activist for peace and international human rights
A U.S. citizen, he moved to Canada following the 2004 presidential election. Mr Fantina resides near Toronto, Ontario
He has written about military desertion from the United States in his book Desertion and the American Soldier, and has also written about the impact that war has on individuals, in his novel, Look Not Unto the Morrow, a Vietnam-era, anti-war story
His writing appears regularly on Counterpunch.orgWarisacrime.org, and other sites

https://www.amazon.ca/Essays-Palestine-Robert-Fantina-ebook/dp/B074PR2HC8/ref=sr_1_2?qid=1552743320&refinements=p_27%3ARobert+Fantina&s=digital-text&sr=1-2&text=Robert+Fantina

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6:00

Ahmadiyya sect of Islam and the Origins of their Persecution
by Mansoora Ahmed

the persecution lies in the Amendment to Pakistan’s Constitution by the National Assembly on 6 September 1974 under President Bhutto’s leadership, in which Ahmadi Muslims were deprived of their identity as Muslims

Mansoora Ahmad is an educator by profession. Her own educational background being in Microbiology and Biophysics from the University of Toronto and a degree in Education from University of Western Ontario.
She is an active member of the world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community whose motto is
"Love for all, Hatred for none"

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evening

peace concert and arts and culture extravaganza

open invitation to all artists

. . . music, drama, spoken word / poetry, dance, visual

... and crafts, fashion show ???

~ * ~ * ~ * ~

CROSS CULTURES has been working on a MUTUAL RESPECT campaign

and last year we unveiled the prototype for what we hope will be completed by March 21st for a monument to be placed at the clock tower entrance of Victoria Park ..

this event is always a work in progress, and we would love to hear from you !

~ * ~ * ~ * ~


--
Gehan D. Sabry
Editor / Publisher
Cross Cultures magazine (since 1991)
POB 20002 Kitchener ON N2P 2B4
519 893 4259
email: Y3Jvc3NjdWx0dXJlcyB8IGJlbGxuZXQgISBjYQ==
www.crosscultures.caThursday March 21 2019 starting 8:30 am

join us for CROSS CULTURES magazine's

18th annual commemoration for the entire Waterloo Region
.. of the

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

open to everyone at Kitchener City Hall

* we start with indigenous prayer, O Canada and greetings from dignitaries

* morning - focus on students from public, Catholic and private schools

8:30 Arrive

8:45 Indigenous Elder Prayer
O Canada sung by a First Nations group Asani, a circle of First Nations and Metis singers

9:00 Dignitaries greetings

9:15 International Students from Resurrection speaking about their experiences coming to Canada as a refugee

10:00 Resurrection students Panel discussion

10:20 Break

10:30 Activity lead by Monsignor Doyle ... and others

11:00 Lunch (students bring their own lunches to eat in forum)

11:30 Tawheed Musa -Cameron Heights - presentation and interactive discussion:

"What if the world was born blind? The individuals conceived in the 20th century were the last to be born with eyes. From there on, God created all future generations without the gift of vision. How would we live? How would we eat? It’d be easy to sleep. But how would we enjoy the simplest things like seeing our favourite artist in concert or hitting McDonald’s late at night with our crew? How would we even know exactly what we looked like? With a continuation of this conception, eventually, there’d come a point in time where the last sighted person passes and the world is left to question what to do next. How would survival be possible? Open your eyes. If you “judge” a person by the tone of voice, creative choice in words, manners, personality, and without the extra features we include to our list of standards because of what we see, I wonder who our companions and real friends would be"

12:15 Islamic School of Cambridge - 2 nasheeds, a poem and recitation

12:35 Carla Beharry on Youth Identity

an engaging and interactive storytelling session. We'll use guided prompts to share our favourite pieces of our own personal cultures, and will get curious about listening and learning about the cultures of our friends and classmates. This session will be guided with the intention of building equity and inclusivity in our schools and communities, and to cultivate a sense of courage and empowerment in all youth

1:20 closing remarks

1:30 On the bus

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
afternoon
. . . in a healthy democracy (which is not the same as having elections) citizens have an obligation to discuss politics and what their politicians are up to and hold them accountable ... remember "use it or lose it"?? ... in fact, in my humble opinion, the low voter turnout is a direct result of that very idea of not discussing politics ... as for religion .. if people learn to listen with respect, a lot of barriers could be transcended by open and frank discussions
SHOULDN'T WE BE TALKING ABOUT THIS?
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

2:00 Self - Love and Inclusivity

by Carla Beharry:
How do we maintain the special cultural traditions of our birth country, while also embracing a new land, and a new environment? In order to fully feel grounded and balanced in a new community, it is necessary that we first cultivate a deep level of self-love and self-worth, and that we become very aware of the values that we need to hang onto, as we integrate into a new home. It is only from a place of connection to our own values, can we start to reach out, and connect with new friends and new communities. An interactive talk, with Carla Beharry to encourage deep listening, respect and inclusivity across all cultures in our community

Carla Beharry is a proud Inter-Cultural Canadian, born and raised with a Guyanese Father, and a British Mother. Carla began mentoring women and girls in Guyana, Belize, and Trinidad & Tobago, 16 years ago. Her work abroad encompasses teaching sexual health & HIV education, as well as leading empowerment and resilience groups for women and girls, focused on encouraging women to share their stories about overcoming trauma, hardship, sexual violence, and loss. Carla is the founder of The WOKE Women's Movement, and the Stories of Resilience & Challenge in WOKE Women Speaking Events, and the WOKE Girls Empowerment Sessions, designed to give women a space to discuss gender, identity, race, self-confidence and self-worth. The groups are lead with the intention of supporting women in rising up against discrimination, while cultivating courage, kindness, compassion, and resilience. Carla can be found online at: https://www.infiniteoceans.com or on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/carla.beharry/

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3:00 open interactive roundtable and panel discussions, documentaries on:

- entitlement, the different forms of discrimination, racism, hatred

- the meaning of being indigenous to a land

- what is race? why racism?

anti: Islam, Judaism, Semitism, Zionism, Islam etc

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

evening
peace concert and arts and culture extravaganza

open invitation to all artists . . . music, drama, spoken word / poetry, dance, visual ... and crafts, fashion show ???

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

CROSS CULTURES has been working on a MUTUAL RESPECT campaign

and last year we unveiled the prototype for what we hope will be completed by March 21st for a monument to be placed at the clock tower entrance of Victoria Park ..

this event is always a work in progress, and we would love to hear from you !

Gehan

--
Gehan D Sabry
founder editor publisher
Cross Cultures magazine (since 1991)
P O B 20002 Kitchener ON N2P 2B4
519 893 4259
email: Y3Jvc3NjdWx0dXJlcyB8IGJlbGxuZXQgISBjYQ==
www.crosscultures.ca



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