By Luke Wilcox, Director of Development & Communications
Near the end of 2008 I started working with the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project. I was fresh out of graduate school with a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and almost zero experience in the “real world.” This fall I will begin the full-time Master of Business Administration program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School. I would like to express my gratitude for these last four and half years of tremendous personal and professional growth.
“He’d been living in Minnesota when, in 2003, Sami Rasouli returned to his homeland of Iraq. Stunned by the destruction he saw there, Rasouli sold his business and returned to help. After encountering Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq—supporting communities struggling with violence—Rasouli requested that CPT train Muslim men and women to be peacemakers. Today Rasouli is the Executive Director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams.
In July 2013, IARP received a grant from the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). The grant will be used to support the organization’s goals of developing friendships across cultures, expanding understanding of one another, and building mutual respect between Arab American and “majority culture” citizens in the United States.
After more than 10 years of occupation, poverty and ecological devastation, IVAW continues to organize against militarism in our society. This will be a broad and dynamic plenary and we will be joined by writer Christian Parenti, historian and writer Nick Turse along with Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz and Suraia Sahar of Afghans United for Justice.
Come join IARP in attending the event:
21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home
Thank you to everyone who made the Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2013 a success! A special thanks to our volunteers from Target*Northtown who made it a special day for all the kids who attended.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day is an annual event presenting the cultures of Minneapolis’ 10 Sister Cities, including Najaf, Iraq. IARP and Target hosted a kids activities area at the event with a beanbag toss, cakewalk Arabic-style, a soccer tournament, and other fun activities.
See photos from the day below:
Come join us for Sister Cities Day Celebration and Ice Cream Social this Sunday, July 14th, 1-5 pm. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in downtown Minneapolis, MN! This free family event offers dancing, live music, free ice cream, and fun for all ages. Enjoy arts, crafts, games, and activities about Najaf, Iraq, at the IARP booth, and other entertainment from the booths of Minneapolis’s other sister cities.
Special thanks to Target Northtown for their generous support!
Thank you to all of our supporters who attended the July 2 Cruise with Iraqi Women Leaders on Lake Minnetonka! Here are some photos from the event:
An IARP delegation that traveled to Najaf, Iraq last November 2012 was recently featured on an Iraqi TV channel:
Week of: June 3 2013
“Only 30 percent of children nationwide have access to safe drinking water in Iraq.”
~UN Children’s Fund
At the Medtronic Child Care Center in Minnesota, the Preschool 1&2 and the Transition classrooms wanted to make a difference…
IARP and supporters are hosting Iraqi artist Fatin Al-Jumaily in Minnesota to participate in the Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Below are photos of Fatin and her husband, Watheq, in Minnesota. Special thanks to hosts Pat Owen, Hend Al-Mansour, and David Penchansky!