Join Sakhi at the Afghan, LGBT, Muslim, & South Asian communities Town Hall meeting in response to Orlando shootings

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Join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the Orlando Massacre to be held on Thursday, June 23rd, from 5:30pm-7pm, at Judson Memorial Church.

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In solidarity with the LGBTQ community, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), SALGA-NYC(South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association), Sakhi for South Asian Women, and Dar al-Taqwa Islamic Center (Flushing, NY) have joined forces in convening a public forum and town hall meeting to discuss the heinous mass shooting that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Through a broad spectrum of voices, we aim to address the homophobia that inflicts communities where religious beliefs, patriarchy, and conservatism have led to intolerance; the ramifications and backlash that will inevitably follow this hate crime; and the issues surrounding rampant domestic violence and gun violence in the United States.


Judson Memorial Church

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Arun Venugopal, Reporter and Host of “Micropolis” WNYC’s series on race, religion, gender and identity
WNYC – New York Public Radio


Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church (Welcome Note)
Manizha Naderi, Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women (WAW)
Imam Mohammad Sherzad, Dar al-Taqwa Islamic Center (Flushing, NY)
Wazhmah Osman & Helena Zeweri, Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA)
Faisal Alam, Founding Member of Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
Veronica Bayetti, Board Co-President, National Network of Abortion Funds; Co-host, Latinx Podcast “Radio Menea”
Maureen Ahmed, Board Member, Turning Point for Women and Families
Iman Boukadoum, Director of Community Partnerships, Interfaith Center of NY
Shalini Somayaji, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women
Kristen L. Rouse, U.S. Army Veteran, Member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Founding Director of the NYC Veterans Alliance
Apphia Kumar, Board Chair, SALGA-NYC (South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association)

NYC Council Member 
Barry Grodenchik (Invited)
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (Invited)



Afghan American Artists and Writers Association (AAAWA)
Interfaith Center of NY (ICNY)
Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD)
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus  

The Center for Media, Culture and History – NYU 
Turning Point for Women and Families

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

WHERE: Judson Memorial Church – 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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