Saturday, June 30, 2007

New America Media Host Summit with Immigrant Rights Groups in the South

Building Stronger Communications:

A Summit of Ethnic Media and Immigrant Rights Groups From the South

New America Media, Posted: Jun 19, 2007

Commissioner Michael L. Thurmond and Hispanic Pollster Sergio Bendixen to Speak at July 12 Atlanta Immigration Summit.

Listen to Bendixen announce NAM's Poll of Undocumented Immigrants on June 20.

Media Contact: Alex Moe 646-812-4885
Immigrant Rights Groups Contact: Elena Shore 415-503-4170

ATLANTA -- Michael L. Thurmond, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, and Hispanic pollster Sergio Bendixen will meet with Southern ethnic media and immigrant rights groups at the 2007 Immigration Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Hosted by New America Media (NAM) in partnership with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, this free summit will offer unique opportunities for reporters and editors who face the immense challenge of covering immigration in the Southern United States.At a time of intense national debate over immigration reform – the number one concern for ethnic media – cities across the South are roiled by changing demographics, anti-immigrant legislation, and growing anti-immigrant sentiment in their communities.

The goal of the summit is not only to bolster the communications of the Immigration Rights Movement, but also to strengthen reporting around immigration issues. The event will be a major benchmark in connecting ethnic media to one another, as well as to key leaders of the national Immigrant Rights Movement, and to the local community-based organizations working around this subject. Pollster Sergio Bendixen, CEO of Bendixen & Associates, will share the findings of a new poll of undocumented immigrants in the United States and discuss its implications for the South, and for immigration reform.

Michael L. Thurmond, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor, will share his views on the economic and labor issues surrounding the immigration debate.The day-long summit will include panels on where the national Immigrant Rights Movement is headed, how to build a more effective collaboration between ethnic media and immigrant rights groups in the South, how to cover immigration policy, and strategies for dealing with and covering the anti-immigrant backlash.

Ethnic media now provide news and information for one out of four adults in the United States, according to NAM multilingual polling. Nowhere has the growth of this sector been more dramatic than in the South. Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that by 2025 Georgia, Florida and Maryland will be among a handful of states in which the minority population will outnumber Whites. Additionally, Atlanta has more than a dozen Korean-language newspapers, along with robust Hispanic, African- American, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hmong media. This free summit will provide a rare occasion for journalists in this sector to meet and build relationships with advocates on the frontlines who can help them cover these issues more effectively for their communities.

When: Thursday July 12, 20079:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Program (lunch included)Where: University of Georgia Alumni Center

Atlanta Financial Center3333 Peachtree Road, N.E.South Tower, Suite 210, Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Phone: (404) 266-2622Cost: There is no charge for this event.

RSVP: Please RSVP no later than Tuesday July 3rd.Media: Please RSVP to Alex Moe at 646-812-4885.

Immigrant Rights Groups: Please RSVP to Elena Shore at 415-503-4170.

Hosted by New America Media, the largest national association of ethnic media in the U.S. Co-sponsored by Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, National Immigration Forum, Center for Community Change, Asian American Justice Center, and the National Council of La Raza.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

MidEastYouth wins major prize from Atlas Economic Research Foundation

We are extremely proud to announce the fact that we won the $5,000 award from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation for leading the best New Intellectual Entrepreneurship Project, our FIRST financial gain after a full year of being active.

The reason we won is the following:

"Your project was the most appealing among all entries. We were particularly impressed because the forum manages several blogs, provides free services to other cyber activists, is responsive to breaking news, and has a large network of supporters and reporters in different countries in the Mideast region. It was also helpful to review your detailed budget that was precise, reasonable, and tied to outcomes. "

- Sajid Anani, program manager for Atlas’s Middle East program

I congratulate all Mideast Youth authors, staff members and participants on this huge step forward. The money will be mostly used for technical improvements such as a professional re-design of the site as well as eventually moving to a dedicated server.

We hope to see the design done by the end of July and we hope to be moving our servers to a powerful one in December so we can start next year on an entirely new page!

Congratulations everyone.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

JOB POSTING: Regional Sales Representative for national food distributor

An opportunity to build a career with the Nation’s fastest growing Middle East food importer

Ziyad Brothers Importing is looking for an enthusiastic, creative & imaginative self-starter to represent our company in various regions around the United States.

The ideal candidate has a desire to succeed and in helping Ziyad Brothers Importing enhance its sales base by generating new customers and maintaining the highest level of customer service that is the cornerstone of our business.

If you are looking to broaden or change your career in business, this could be the opportunity for you. Please contact us today and join us in building a rewarding career experience. Arabic & English language proficiency required.

Email your resume, work history overview, three references and your contact information to:


Non-violent activist beaten by Israeli police, groups alleges

B'Tselem demands an investigation into beating of the organisation's field worker by a police officer

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has written to the director of the department for police investigations in the Israeli Ministry of Justice (DPI), to demand that it open a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful use of force by a police officer who beat B'Tselem field researcher in East Jerusalem, Kareem Jubran. In addition, B'Tselem wrote to the commander of the Jerusalem district of the Israeli Police, demanding that it investigates the detention of Jubran, and the violent police officer's refusal to identify himself. B'Tselem attached information regarding video documentation of the incident, and potential witnesses.
On Tuesday, 12.6.07, Kareem Jubran was filming police and border officers who were checking Palestinian drivers in the Mount of Olives area of East Jerusalem. A police officer approached Jubran, asked him for identification and searched his belongings. Although Jubran complied with his instructions, the officer ordered him into the police van, where he punched him in the stomach with great force. Jubran was then detained by the police officers for about three hours. He was released with no charge.

For additional information please contact Sarit Michaeli, Communications Director,+972-(0)50-5387230,

Sarit MichaeliCommunications DirectorB'Tselem+972 (0)2 6735599 (office)+972 (0)50 5387230 (cell)