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Barghouti Tomorrow, Bashar Honored Thursday, LGBTQ Activism Panel Sunday

Omar Barghouti & Nyle Fort: Freedom Fighting & State Repression

Tuesday, April 25th – 6:30pm

Join us for a conversation about the struggle for Palestinian rights featuring BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti in conversation with Nyle Fort. Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender, co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Presented by: The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, Adalah-NY: the US Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Tarab NYC, Enlace, Jews Say No!, PARCEO, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, Muslim-Jewish Anti-Fascist Front.

Tarab NYC Founder, Bashar Makhay, Honored at the Arab-American Heritage Celebration 

Thursday, April 27th – 5:30pm

In partnership with  Arab-American Family Support Center, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invites you to the Arab-American Heritage Celebration.  We are excited to share that our very own Bashar Makhay is being honored for his contributions to the Arab American community including being the founder of Tarab NYC!  Please join us in celebrating this honor!

What Will Be Different: LGBTQ Activism in a Changing America

Sunday, April 30th – 3:00pm

Despite celebrated and hard-won advances in equality, the deeply diverse LGBTQ community has always been targeted by bias and hate. In recent months that antagonism has flared, entwined with other forms of intolerance.  Now, as people who openly disparage LGBTQ rights fill key posts within the U.S. Government, and an old, anti-Other sentiment gains new legitimacy, what are the challenges and goals of LGBTQ activism today? What is the historical context for this battle, and what guides those at its front lines? Join us for a free public forum with four thinkers and activists who will bring powerful perspective to these questions.

Presented by the Queer South Asian Collective, Tarab NYC, Audre Lorde Project, Fierce, J. Bob Alotta, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, BlackGirl Mansion, Park Avenue Christian Church & The Tate Group.

Security Culture This Saturday!

Know Your Rights – Protect Your Privacy

Our current world is especially not safe for those of us who carry an intersection of multiple marginalized identities in addition to being Muslim. On Saturday April 8, Muslim Law Students Association, National Lawyers Guild – New York City Chapter (NLG-NYC), Tarab NYC, OUTLAWS, in partnership with CUNY CLEAR invite you to attend Security Culture, a day long Know Your Rights conference for Muslims, people of color and allies who wish make their communities safer and more inclusive. We are asking for a donation of $20 or whatever you can afford to cover the expenses for the day. Food will be provided.

Register Here     Donate Here

There will be a 3 Know Your Rights sessions that cover: Flying While Muslim, Interactions With Law Enforcement, and Charitable Giving. An emphasis will be put on digital security and best practices for personal and organizational safety.

This event is also sponsored by:
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity – MASGD, Muslim Bar Association of New York, Police Accountability Organization (PAO), MENA Law Students (MENALS), Students for Justice in Palestine (CUNY). International Refugee Assistance Project

Updates can be found on our website and the Facebook Event Page.

Bil Tarab,

The Tarab NYC Board

Nowroz Mubarak!

Noroozetan Pirooz, har roozetan Norooz!

Tarab NYC would like to extend warm wishes to all those observing the joyous celebration of Nowruz! We were hoping to have an event for you all to enjoy today, but unfortunately we were unable to secure a venue in time. No worries though, we are hoping to have a spring event for you all very soon!

In the meantime, remember tonight is the last chance to join us at the NQAPIA Catalyst Dinner and the Gaza 5K!

Join Tarab NYC at the Gaza 5K and NQAPIA Catalyst Dinner

Its March and we are back with two great events on March 25th!

Starting at 9am, join Tarab NYC for the Gaza 5K walk/run event. The Gaza 5K walk/run is a fun family-friendly event with the aim of bringing members of the American community together to show solidarity with those suffering in Gaza. The event attracts people of all ages, runners, walkers and those passionate about Gaza.

To register and join the Tarab NYC team, register here by March 9th for early bird rates. Registration closes March 22nd. A standard event t-shirt will be provided with the registration package. However, Team Tarab NYC shirts will be made for the event, please contact us at tarab@tarabnyc.org if you are interested in a Tarab NYC shirt.

Later in the evening, join Tarab NYC for the NQAPIA NYC Catalyst Dinner.  Tarab NYC excited to invite you to be a part of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s 2017 Community Catalyst Awards Celebration on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Joy Luck Palace on 98 Mott Street in New York City’s Chinatown.  NQAPIA is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. The Community Catalyst Awards Celebration brings together community to honor groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBT APIs.  Our very own Bashar Makhay will be Deejaying and a 10 course meal will be served.  When purchasing your tickets, be sure to list Tarab NYC as your Preferred Seating Request in order to join our table. Get your tickets today! Tickets are typically $100 but NQAPIA is extending the community rate of $85 to Tarab NYC members.

Also – We are planning a Nowruz event – if you or someone you know would like to help us plan this event, please contact us at tarab@tarabnyc.org.

Cheers!

The Tarab NYC Board!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Tarab NYC

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Tarab NYC extends warm wishes to its members and friends that are observing this special holiday of Christmas and wishes everyone a joyous and happy New Year! We hope your Christmas and New Year is full of friends, family, love and sweets!

Bil Tarab,

The Tarab NYC Board
Alia, Amin, Bashar, Hilal, Miriam, Kenza, & Wardeh

Tonight! A Tarab NYC Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Mixer

Hello Tarab NYC Community!

15241196_1151396828249145_7930817552744265393_nTonight! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Haunukah, the Winter Solstice, Mawlid Un Nabi, or nothing at all – If you are Queer and Middle Eastern, this is a Mixer you won’t want to miss! Come one, come all on December 12th at 6pm to the Tarab NYC, A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Mixer! Allies Welcomed.

Who: YOU!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: TONIGHT, Monday, December 12th @ 6pm
Why: Half priced drinks 6pm – 9pm, Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

We want to thank our community for all your support and can’t wait to see you tonight!

-Tarab NYC Board

Marcel Khalife Wednesday, Talkback Thursday and Mixer next Monday!

Hello Tarab NYC Community!

marcel-khalifeWe have quite a few things to announce. First, the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is offering Tarab NYC members 20% off ticket to the Marcel Khalife concert on Wednesday, December 7th.  Marcel Khalife is a world renowned Lebanese composer, oud master and performer famous for translating poetry into music. He has performed around the world, and now he is coming to New York City, NY!  His talented sons, pianist Rami Khalife and percussionist Bachar Khalife, will accompany him on stage, making this a performance not to be missed! Use promo code turath16 when buying your tickets via Ticketmaster.

12472242_936755579713272_8168342193483983428_nSecondly, there is so much to talk about and so few places to do it! Join Tarab NYC as we hold a discussion for our community to discuss life post the elections, involvement in Creating Change post #CancelPinkwashing and the generally toxic environment we live in . We are holding virtual space to have this conversation, however, if there is interest, we will secure space in Midtown Manhattan in addition to the conference call. Let us know you thoughts on our Facebook event page or email us.

15241196_1151396828249145_7930817552744265393_nLastly, whether you celebrate Christmas, Haunukah, the Winter Solstice, Mawlid Un Nabi, or nothing at all – If you are Queer and Middle Eastern, this is a Mixer you won’t want to miss! Come one, come all on December 12th at 6pm to the Tarab NYC, A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Mixer! Allies Welcomed.

Who: YOU!
Where: Henrietta Hudson 438 Hudson St, New York, New York 10014
When: Monday, December 12th @ 6pm
Why: Half priced drinks 6pm – 9pm, Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Music, Videos, Mingle, Network, Dance, Drinks and Fun!

We want to thank our community for all your support and we hope to see you soon!

-Tarab NYC Board

Meet The 2017 Tarab NYC Board

Hello Tarab NYC Community!

Things have been a bit quiet on our end but that is about to change!  We are excited to announce the 2017 Tarab NYC board!  Read on to learn more about our new board!

miriam-square Miriam is a professional Netflix marathonist and secret poet. She is an Arabic professor and private tutor that also bilingually translates, subtitles, and interprets live. Miri holds an MA in Consciousness Studies (Goddard College) and is working on her MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Graduate Center, CUNY). She’s lived between Cairo, Egypt, Orlando, FL and is currently based in Brooklyn. Miri advocates regularly for public higher education, MENA and diaspora feminisms, queer poetics, and getting an actual full night’s sleep in NYC.
wardeh-square Wardeh is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in a variety of agency and clinical settings. She specializes in working with LGBTQ persons of color, immigrants experiencing bicultural issues, and individuals identified with kink and alternative lifestyles.
amin-square Amin is a techy sexy classy sassy leo based in New York. He was born and raised in Jordan by his loving Palestinian immigrant parents and is one of ten children. He loves his family, Irish partner, friends and community.
alia-square Alia is Egyptian-American and identifies as queer.  You can find her belly dancing at our mixer events, and standing by the door greeting people with a big perky smile! She is currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University working towards a TESOL certification to teach high school in New York City public schools.
hilal-square Hilal is a Queer Muslim Lebanese American and a graduate of the CUNY School of Law, where he worked on women’s and LGBT issues as part of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic. In 2014 he interned in Lebanon, helping resettle LGBT refugees and in 2010 he helped found the Arab Queer Collective to create affirming spaces for LGBTQ identified Arabs living in NYC. He currently spends his time between New York, France, and Lebanon.
bashar-square Bashar, the founder of Tarab NYC, identifies as a Queer Chaldean-Iraqi American Catholic Leftist from Detroit, based in NYC. Bashar is a community organizer, activist and strategist whose work is deeply rooted in his passion for social justice. On the side, Bashar can be found DJing, supporting campaigns, volunteering, biking around NYC, cooking and spending time with his Tarab NYC and Iraqi Transnational Collective families.

We want to thank our community for all your support and expect to hear much more from us soon!

-Tarab NYC Board