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Nonie Darwish (Arabic: نوني درويش) (born 1949) is an Egyptian-American human rights activist and critic of Islam, and founder of Arabs for Israel, and is Director of Former Muslims United. She is the author of three books: Now They Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law, and The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East. Darwish's speech topics cover human rights, with emphasis on women's rights and minority rights in the Middle East. Born in Egypt, Darwish is the daughter of an Egyptian Army lieutenant general, who was called a "shahid" by the Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser,[after being killed in a targeted killing by the Israel Defense Forces in 1956. Darwish blames "the Middle Eastern Islamic culture and the propaganda of hatred taught to children from birth" for his death. In 1978, she moved with her husband to the United States, and converted to Christianity there. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, she has written on Islam-related topics.
Former Muslims United was formed in September 2009 by a group of leading American apostates from Islam – Nonie Darwish (Director), Mohammed Asghar, Amil Imani, Wafa Sultan and Ibn Warraq – to educate the American public and policymakers about the need for Muslims to repudiate the threat from authoritative Shariah to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims. Our national campaign for civil rights and physical safety for former Muslims was launched with the creation of a pledge for Muslim leaders to sign – “The Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims.”
The first group of Muslim leaders were sent pledges to coincide with the date September 25, 2009. Our cover letter accompanying the pledge states:
On that date 220 years ago in 1789, the U.S. Congress passed the Bill of Rights. This is a fitting date to put our pledge to the world, for the first of those rights guarantees religious freedom and freedom of speech. These rights are, as our Declaration of Independence states, unalienable – they cannot be denied to any of us. For former Muslims, who throughout history have lost their liberties and lives when they left Islam, both the First Amendment and the Declaration of Independence have special significance.
As founders of Former Muslims United, we now pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to achieve for former Muslims their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We claim these rights as the foundation for our right to freedom from Shariah. We urge you to join us.
We will send additional copies of the pledge and letter on an ongoing basis to more Muslim leaders over the months of this national campaign for civil rights for apostates from Islam. The names of all recipients of the letter will be posted at this website, so that the public and policymakers can encourage the identified Muslim leaders to sign the pledge.
We thank the many organizations who have contacted us with offers of support, advice and opportunities to work together, and most of all the former Muslims who have contacted us with offers to help. Your good fellowship and courage is an inspiration.
Grant Center Programs
Grant Center Program Schedule 2019
To register, call (330) 744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department or register for a program online by clicking the links below.
Introduction to Finding Grants
Learn what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:
Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
Come to a Makerspace Orientation
Come learn about the basics of using the new Makerspace at the new Michael Kusalaba Branch Library. This is your opportunity to have the library’s staff help you use a laser engraver, vinyl printer, 3D printer, heat press, and more. To register, call 330.744.8636 or register online by clicking on the date below. For adults.
Have you ever thought about learning to play a ukulele, but you don’t want to invest in one until you’ve tried it?
Ukulele kits are available to patrons for checkout with a library card
Now you can take a ukelele for a test run by checking out a ukulele kit at the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC). All you need is a PLYMC Library Card.
Kits include: ukulele and case, instruction and music books, extra strings, cleaning cloth, and an instructional DVD. Inside each kit is a replacement cost for the various items included.
The ukulele kits are housed at the Austintown Library, but the kits can also be sent to a branch near the patron for pick-up.
Erin Phemester, Library Programming and Youth Services Director, says: “Music is such a beautiful gift to be able to share with others. We thank the Steel Valley Ukers for helping us to bring the benefits of music, which include increased language development, spatial reasoning, and stress relief, to library users through the ukulele kits.”
Because the number of kits is limited, a patron can check out one kit at a time for a three-week loan period with no renewals. There is a $1 per day fine for late returns. The kits are not available through Search Ohio. Holds may be placed on the ukulele kits, if necessary.
John Waller, PLYMC librarian, said, “We view the loaning of ukuleles as another aspect of our mission as a library. Our slogan here is ‘Connect. Inspire. Enrich.’ And, as legendary musician Bill Evans once said, the function of music is enrichment. So, loaning musical instruments helps us fulfill our mission. By connecting our patrons with instruments, even those as simple as a ukuleles, we are helping to enrich their lives – and hopefully inspiring them to develop their own creativity. Loaning objects other than books helps keep us fun and relevant to our community.”
The ukuleles were donated by Linda Wiland, Richard Wyant and the Steel Valley Ukers. The donors noted that some of the benefits to playing ukulele, aside from learning to play a musical instrument, are brain development and finger flexibility. They indicated it takes about a month to learn six chords and be able to play ukulele.
Code Youngstown is excited to invite you to the brand new Michael Kusalaba Branch Public Library for our first Lightning (Tech) Talk event!
What is a Lightning Talk? A lightning talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session.
We'll be hosting ~5 talks, each up to 6 minutes long.
Want to give a lightning talk? Email [masked] with a title and short summary of the talk you want to give. Talks should be tech related, and on something you are excited to share!
Registration for the 10th Annual Panerathon 2019 is open!
Register Now at panerathon.org
Together with 12,000 participants and spectators, our sponsors and community supporters raised $525,000 through the 2018 Panerathon.
To date, the Panerathon has raised more than 2.5 million dollars for the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley in support of The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the first comprehensive breast care center in the Youngstown area.
The Panerathon is a 10K run and a 2 Mile fun run or walk, which also includes a Kids Run.
It all starts on the page...
Shot in Youngstown is launching a monthly script reading series called 'On Script.' Every month at a featured restaurant, stage or bar our acting troupe will be live-reading scripts in front of an audience. It is a free show for film lovers so come out, have a drink and enjoy our show. Each reading will feature a popular Hollywood screenplay, an intermission and then local material.
We kick things off with Joel & Ethan Coen’s incredibly funny The Big Lebowski, followed by two short comedies from local writers Jennifer Ruth and David Solomon.
Our first show will be 7/28 at the awesome Westside Bowl 2617 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, OH. We hope you will come join us for White Russians at the bar and The Big Lebowski on the basement stage. Robes and shades are emphatically encouraged but remember if you’re going full Dude and rock flip flops, just make sure you bring socks so you can say f*** it, let’s go bowling after the show.
STILL SEEKING SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS - ASK TODAY HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!!
Location: Wick Recreation Area in Mill Creek Park
Address: 1861 McCollum Rd. Youngstown, OH 44509
Start Time: 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:00am
By mail or online at www.secondsoleohio.com.
Click on the “Events” tab.
Individual Entry Fee:
$20 - through August 1st.
$25 – August 2nd through day of race
A looped course through beautiful Mill Creek Park.
Multiple parking lots available around Wick Recreational Area.
Timing: Professionally timed by Second Sole Racing.
Proceeds Benefit: Buster’s Brigade, a non-profit rescue fund geared towards the caring of cats and dogs in the Mahoning Valley and surrounding areas.
Overall male & female winners.
Top three in each of the following age groups for male and female.
19-Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-Up.
Every Monday from 6:30-7:30pm (June 17-August 26)
Children under 12 free
Call Wick Recreation Area to pre-register 330.740.7114
Taught by Jamie Marich (7-29-19; 8-19-19)
Jacob M Telego (7-8-19)
Peyton Cram (7-15-19; 7-22-19; 8-5-19; 8-12-19)
Christina Dine (8-26-19)
Dancing Mindfulness uses dance, yoga, and other expressive arts as a pathway for discovering mindful awareness. Mindfulness is the time-honored practice of returning to the present moment, a practice that is so vital in our fast-paced, stressful lives. No prior experience with dance, yoga, or meditation is required for this fun, free-form class where you can simply choose to dance your stress away, or perhaps have a deeper experience with your dance and the nature surrounding us in beautiful Mill Creek Park! Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian, and we encourage people of all body types and physical abilities to attend and modifications are offered under the supervision of facilitators.
Dancing Mindfulness is a growing international phenomenon that was created by Dr. Jamie Marich, originally from Youngstown, OH. She spent her childhood enjoying the Wick Recreation Area, and she is delighted to be offering this class in her hometown for the summer. Jamie will be teaching many of the Monday classes; when she is not in town, others on her team that she has directly trained will be offering the classes.
The Power Pop Rock Legacy Continues
Venue: Concert Hall
Showtime: 8:00 pm
Doors open: 6:00 pm
Why you should see this show…
For almost forty years, the Smithereens have continued to fight the good fight, convincing their listeners that real rock and roll will never truly go out of fashion. Meanwhile, The Smithereens electrifying live performance may be proving that these old dogs have learned new tricks, and they are mighty fine.
Welcome back the F5RS Bunnies in Baskets Therapy Rabbits as they join us for a return visit! Participants practice their reading skills by entertaining the bunnies with interesting stories.
Space is limited - call the library at 330-426-3778 to register.