AMP’s 7th annual Conference for Palestine in the US: Gaza Teaches Life! begins Thanksgiving Day

Record crowd expected at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL for three-day event

(CHICAGO 11/21/2014) — The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, will kick off its 7th annual conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 with its inaugural session featuring local, national and international Muslim leaders, including Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations.

Featured speakers include Dr. Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian physician permanently banned by Israel from Gaza; Dr. Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian member of the Knesset who serves at the Deputy Speaker; Al Jazeera anchorwoman Ghada Oueiss; Israeli American Miko Peled, son of the architect of the 1967 Six Day War and author of the book, “The General’s Son”; and Syrian hip-hop artist Omar Offendum. See full speaker list.

With a large increase in registration over last year, organizers are expecting a record turnout of more than 3,000 people. AMP’s annual conference historically has been the largest gathering for Palestine in the United States. In addition to lectures, the conference offers activism workshops, a Campus Activism Track, programs for young adults and youth, movie screenings, author book signings, a bazaar and entertainment.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Registration fees will be waived for media, but pre-registration and credentials are required.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the American Muslim for Palestine’s 7th annual Conference for Palestine in the US: Rising from the Ashes: Gaza Teaches Life! However, to ensure the comfort of our guests and speakers, all media must be pre-registered and credentialed. All photograpny and filming is prohibited. AMP will make exceptions for media requests made prior to the conference. Interviews for speakers must be requested prior to the event and will take place in the designated media room.

Kristin Szremski
Director of media and communications
American Muslims for Palestine
10101 S. Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465
708.717.4180 cell
708.598.4267, ext. 22 office

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

Jews vs. Muslims

Throughout the day and in the weeks to come the US nationalist Press, co-opted by Israeli Nationalist interests, and tinged by an American evangelical perversion that sanctifies Israel in a bizarre end times fantasy, will frame today’s criminal act in Jerusalem as the holocaust part two by Muslims. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/3-americans-briton-killed-in-jerusalem-attack/ar-BBepbeH

Never mind the disrespect that affords to the actual holocaust, and the truths about that terrible period in human history. the belief that this is part of an endless and unsolvable historic hatred between Muslims and Jews is simply a lie to hide the root cause of the conflict. Indeed, the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is more akin to neighboring hillbilly clans bickering over overlapping hunting grounds than a religious conflict.
Jews and Palestinians are basically family stuck in an antagonistic rut, each knowing precisely how to incite the other.

I live between a predominantly Muslim neighborhood centered on Devon Avenue here in Chicago, and a predominantly Jewish neighborhood centered largely on Touhy Avenue, with the two communities mixed quite amiably in the middle along Lunt. Jews and Muslims shop at the same Jewel grocery store, with Muslims shopping their Kosher section when in a bit of a pinch. Halal and Kosher preparations are acceptable. See, they can coexist.

But if it was really about Religion than Jews would be bulldozing homes on Lunt, while carpet bombing Devon. Muslims would be firing rockets from Devon at Touhy, although their crappy homemade rockets would usually be landing in the Chicago River or hitting Lincolnwood. Devon would eventually be blockaded and Muslims would have to dig a tunnel to Loyola for food and medicine, and FOX news would report that Jews in Skokie were the real victims. But they aren’t, and the Jews and Muslims on Touhy, Lunt and Devon live quite peacefully as neighbors because it isn’t about religion. It is about politics and power and racism, on both sides. It is just that one side has the backing of a superpower and one does not.

Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

Revolution and Beer Unrestrained: Do not read if you are overly sensitive, easily offended or stupid. A no punches pulled commentary on the worst day since the Gaza genocide began ….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… dear Liberals, Progressives, Anarchists, Socialists and anyone else astounded, horrified and enraged by today’s events in Gaza, if you think that Netanyahu and his neo-Nazi cabal of fucking genocidal scum give a fuck about your protests or die-ins you are sadly mistaken. If you think appeals for humanity, mercy and restraint will accomplish dick, the American media and government are fully aligned to cover their ass closer than a lifer to a short-eyes in a prison cell. (Look it up, it’s funny.) The reality is, the Israelis bombing the shit out of Gaza at the core think of the Palestinians as their own personal niggers, and when the niggers get uppity the plantation owners will bring the hammer down. Truth is what you want? Fuck you! You gave that shit away when you legitimized the democrats, paid any attention to the ass-clowns in the corporate media-including MSNBC- and every time you feel sorry for the race raping fucking bigots on the Right. 90% of that media is nothing more than the taint for parent corporations supplying the bombs and tech that is murdering Palestinians; two fucking thousand at this point! And the republicans, who suck the dick of that big business sell your religious idiocy back to you into this guilt-laden bible prophecy mind fuck control shit. It’s a sin to criticize Israel cuz then your a Jew hating heretic, and we all know Israel is the 51st fucking state of the United God-damned States of America. Hell, Israel dick suckers like Joe Walsh, Rush Limbaugh and Ted fucking Cruz have more loyalty to fucking Israel to the United States. Even with the haphazard, couldn’t hit a fucking barn Hamas rockets, life in Israel is better than it is here. They don’t have fucking homeless or poverty anything like we have here, because we supply billions to their genocidal fucking military, and because all their homeless and impoverished they keep penned up in the Gaza strip where they can use them as slave fucking niggers to shovel their shit or as target practice. Hey, their just fucking Muslims, and who gives a fuck about Muslims. Their rat fucking little kids are born just to kill Jews and be terrorists, so fuck them too. Right? An Israeli shell hit a school today, and then during what was supposed to be a ceasefire hammered a market killing 17 people buying fucking bread and goddamned humus, but all fucking Israel has to say is that Hamas had a slingshot or a condom full of piss to fling at Israeli tanks and jets and you’ll say, its Hamas’ fault, just like our dick sucking, stand for nothing, corporate whores in the government said today. No proof, just puppets with Netanyahu’s dick up their ass. Fuck Israel, fuck Obama and fuck this government for not actually standing on the rights of people but being fucking evil. And fuck them for making me use the word evil, because I hate that fucking word. Take a page from Evo Morales and declare the Israeli government a terrorist regime presiding over a genocide and hunt down those motherfuckers and throw them in the fucking Hague!!!…..Wow, that was cathartic!

2gaza

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28573674

WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

Use Facebook to Comment on this Post