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Issue 105

Asalaaam wa Aleikum

WNYMuslims Presents: 'No Apology' a Short Film Premiere

WNYMuslims is excited to announce that on Thursday August 29th at 6:00 pm we will be premiering our latest short film, 'No Apology.'  The event will take place at the University at Buffalo North campus student Union Assembly Hall 330.  The film will be shown in its entirety for the first time, followed by a discussion and refreshments.  

Production on this film began at the end of April, shortly after the tragic Boston Bombing.  WNYMuslims staff and local youth felt it necessary to speak out about the constant stereotyping and negative portrayal of Muslims and Islam in the media.

This event is free and open to the public. WNYMuslims encourages community members, political leaders and the media to join us in viewing the film and participating in a discussion. You can view a trailer for the film HERE.  

WNYMuslims Presents: 'Muslim Journeys' Adult Reading and Discussion Program

WNYMuslims is excited to announce that it will be hosting an Adult Reading and Discussion Program this fall titled 'Muslim Journeys.'  Thanks to the award of a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities WNYMuslims is able to offer this program to the public free of charge.  

The program will consist of four 90 minute meetings once a month (September to December) where we will be discussing three books provided by the council.  The three books include Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel, Minaret by Leila Aboulela and How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi.

 If you are interested in participating in the program please contact Samantha Long at (716) 923-4386, [email protected]  

SunSpin Media Artist Spotlight: Max Collins

Our affiliate SunSpin Media's latest series, 'Artiste Locale,' highlights local artists of various genres.  This episode features Max Collins, who resides in Elmwood Village and pastes his photographs around the city of Buffalo using a method known as wheat pasting.  Listen to Max talk about art, his work, and his inspiration HERE

Eva Bartlett on her Time in Palestine

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian activist and journalist who has spent much of the past seven years in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and reporting for various media, including Inter Press Services, the Dominion, Global Research, Russia Today, the Electronic Intifada, and on her blog In Gaza. Here is an excerpt form a full article she wrote for the WNYMuslims website. 

"When by pure coincidence I stumbled across the concept of