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Town Hall Meeting & Bahrain Advocacy Day

December 20, 2011

On April 15th, 2011, the American Muslim community came together with human rights activists and concerned citizens to hold one of the most electric and inspiring rallies in the history of our young community, the National Rally Against Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain. With thousands of people present from all over the country, we made our presence known to the oppressive Al-Khalifa regime and showed them that we stand firmly with the peaceful protestors in Bahrain. The next day, our exercise of free speech and assembly, what the people of Bahrain yearn for, was featured on the front page of the Washington Post:

Much has transpired on the ground in Bahrain in the 8 months since then. As as a next step to our very successful rally, alhamdulillah, the American Council for Freedom in Bahrain will be holding a Town Hall Meeting & Bahrain Advocacy Day on Saturday, December 24th, 2011 from 1:30pm-4:30pm at Masjid-e-Ali in Central New Jersey.

The Town Hall Meeting will consist of a large group discussion on all those civic issues that matter to you as an American Muslim. This will be your chance to voice your concerns about things you care about and to see how many people out there in our community agree with you. We will then break up into small groups to discuss each of these in more detail and help you create like-minded networks and set tangible goals. After a short break, we will be joined by Nada Alwadi, a Bahraini journalist, who will speak about the situation in her country as it stands now. We will conclude the day by taking a massive step towards helping the people of Bahrain through advocacy and sign prepared letters to our respective Congressmen.

This is an event for the entire American Muslim community. We are especially hoping that members of the community from NY, NJ, CT, and PA make a concerted effort to attend and participate and invite their friends and families to join us, as well. This is the next step — DON’T MISS IT!

1:30pm – Town Hall Meeting
2:30pm – Small Group Discussions
3:00pm – Break
3:15pm – Bahrain: Flames of Freedom – Nada Alwadi, Founder of the Bahrain Press Association
4:00pm – Signing and Sending Letters to Our Congressmen on Bahrain
4:30pm – Tabarruk (packed dinner)
4:45pm – Maghrib

Nada Alwadi is the founder of the Bahrain Press Association defending journalists from governmental oppression and has served as a freelance journalist, writer and researcher for several media outlets, including Women Gateway and USA Today. In 1999, she served as a Humphrey/Fulbright Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism. She has a M.A. in Mass Communication from Universiti Sains Malaysia and a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science (cum laude) at the University of Kuwait.

Most recently, Alwadi was a reporter for Alwasat, the most popular newspaper currently in Bahrain. She covered the pro-democracy protests as a journalist last spring prior to government authorities closing the newspaper. With a number of her fellow Bahraini journalists murdered, tortured, or sentenced to long prison terms by the regime and fearing for her own safety, Nada Alwadi is residing in Washington, DC and speaking around the country to raise awareness on the situation in Bahrain.



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