Hayder Salam: Change Begins Through Accountability

“It’s okay to ask others to help you, but it’s not okay to ask for other person to do your own work. You need to be the change. You shouldn’t wait and sit around in your place and waiting for someone to do the change for you.”

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Sabah Fakhoury: Breaking The Cycle Of Oppression

“We have to empower ourselves to make our own life choices whether marriage, the choice of our mate will be, children when we will have them, if we will have them, our careers, our contributions to the society and what are divine purposes.”

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Yousef Askar: Holding Onto Memories

“Everything in life takes work and perseverance. Without my parents I wouldn’t be anything. I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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Samah Safi: Film-Making With A Purpose

“I believe that the only competition I have in this life is a competition with myself, to always strive to be a better version of myself every single day, on both the personal and professional level.”

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Maz Jobrani Screens “Jimmy Vestvood” in Chicago

The film Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero stars Maz Jobrani as Jimmy Vestvood (a play off of Clint Eastwood), was screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center on September 25th. The film simultaneously poked fun at the quirks of Iranian and American culture, while celebrating them through humor and comedy.

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Noor Jebreal: Paving My Way

“I mean this is so cliché but I really do just want to see more kindness in the world and I want people to preserve their roots and where they come from.”

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IL Humanities and MALA Screening of TEACH by Participant Media

On September 21st, 2016 MALA hosted an IL Speaks event, sponsored by IL Humanities.TEACH by Participant Media was screened on the top floor of the newest We Work location on Kinzie street.

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MALA’s President Zainab Zeb Khan Receives Inaugural UNICEF Next Gen Humanitarian Award

On Friday September 23rd, the Midwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted its sixth annual UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon, honoring four extraordinary Chicagoans who are contributing locally and internationally to the improvement of children’s lives.

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Yosr Chaouch: Fitting Outside The Norm

“No matter what religion they come from, not matter what race, no matter what language they speak, no matter what is their sexual orientation, we have to accept every single person.”

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Warren Kundis: Finding Belonging Through Faith and Justice

“I was actually born in Aurora, Colorado, and that was again in 1955. I am half Mexican, I am half Russian, and yet I never learned a lot about those cultures, but that is not really part of my basic identity.”

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