Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 25, 2022| The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce our first panel at ADC’s annual National Convention in Washington, DC. “The Kids are Alright- Intersectional Activism and the Youth Movement” will focus on the intersection of social justice issues and the progressive actions led by youth today. Our communities have seen an influx of allies in many of our movement spaces, specifically Palestine and Black Lives Matter. We will discuss what the youth are doing to work together, and how coalition work has achieved concrete and impactful results. The panel will be moderated by ADC National Organizer, Jinan Shbat.
Meet the Panelists:
Mohammed Khader is a political strategist and advocate with a background in direct and indirect advocacy, policymaking, and political communications. As a former political appointee in the Government of the District of Columbia’s Executive Office of the Mayor, Mohammed served in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Second Cabinet as a Communications Specialist in the Office of Communications.
Mohammed has also worked across various capacities to approach pressing issues throughout various domestic and international political landscapes in several states and nations by utilizing his unique background as a contributor in the United Nations Major Groups and Other Stakeholders apparatus and as an advocate committed to collective liberation. Mohammed, who is both Black and Palestinian, is originally from Mississippi and is based in Washington, DC.
Marcelle Afram (they/he), Chef and Owner of Shababi, draws on their West Asian roots to celebrate the cuisine of their ancestors and to pay homage to Palestinian inspired cuisine. Growing up in their parents’ restaurants fueled their thirst for self-education, leading to a decade of international travel spent working in various sectors of the food service industry, before ultimately landing back in the DC area. Afram received acclaim for their focus on West Asian cuisine, receiving a Michelin star for their work at Maydan in 2020, before moving on to launch Shababi Chicken as a pop-up in 2021, earning multiple local award nominations. The Shababi Chicken pop-up opened the door to a lifelong passion project currently in the works, Shababi Diner, a brick & mortar restaurant in Washington D.C., with an anticipated launch in 2022. A concept that bridges their upbringing in their parents’ diner with their Palestinian heritage.
Afram believes that through food, one can walk the path towards social justice advocacy. Alongside making cuisine representative of their culture, they aim to bring awareness to political and social justice issues, with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community and advocacy for Palestine. Afram has partnered with various social justice groups to raise funds and break down walls of bias and misinformation, proving food is a worthy carrier of change. Afram has been acknowledged for their culinary contributions and leadership most recently as a 2020 RAMMY Rising Culinary Star nominee and one of Washington City Paper’s people of the year for 2021.
Rasha is an organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) in North America. The PYM is an independent, transnational, grassroots movement of young Palestinians and Arabs organizing towards the Right of Return and the Liberation of Palestine. The PYM has 15 chapters across North America and Europe who build through community, politicize and organize Arab youth across the diaspora, and connect the Palestine movement to other liberation movements through joint struggle work.
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The theme for this year’s National Convention will be “New Challenges, New Realities, New Opportunities” and we can’t wait to have you! After a two-year hiatus, we are excited to gather with our community again. We are putting together some informative, cultural, diverse, and fun program for you. We hope to see you in our Nation’s Capital this June!
Stay tuned for more details! We hope you can join us at the Convention and Gala. See you then!
June 17 & June 18
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