Fundraising dinner for free speech in Canada

Saturday, July 4, 2009 - 21:30 to Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 01:30

HELP THE CANADIAN ARAB FEDERATION FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR ALL CANADIANS!

Just days after the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) criticized the Canadian government for supporting Israel's recent massacre in Gaza, the Harper government cut off all federal English-as-a-second language (ESL) funding to CAF. That ESL funding was utilized on behalf of new Canadians of many ethnic origins, not just Arab-Canadians. CAF took legal action against the federal government and is conducting a cross-Canada, fund-raising campaign to cover its legal costs.

Harper's spiteful move against CAF was not an isolated incident. George Galloway, the world's most famous anti-war orator, was banned from speaking in Canada, although George Bush and Bill Clinton, noted war criminals, were permitted to earn huge fees to speak in Toronto and Calgary.

At the same time, students and faculty at many Canadian campuses who compared the actions of the State of Israel towards Palestinians as a form of apartheid were targeted for harassment, surveillance, and intimidation.

HEAR KHALED MOUAMMAR, CANADIAN ARAB FEDERATION PRESIDENT, SPEAK ON THE HARPER GOVERNMENT'S HIDDEN AGENDA.

ENJOY LOCAL ENTERTAINERS AND AN EXCELLENT, SIT-DOWN DINNER!

TICKETS: $25 (TABLE OF 10: $200)

For tickets, call Khawla at 905-561-2470;
Wael at 905-560-0903; Ken at 905-383-7693.

Photo: A picket of Conservative MP David Sweet's office in March 2009 to protest the banning of George Galloway, the cutting of funding to the Canadian Arab Federation, and the deportation of US war resisters.

Endorsed by: Palestinian Association of Hamilton, Arab Women's League of Hamilton

Piazza Banquet Centre
230 Anchor Road Anchor Road at Stonechurch Road
L8W 3R2 Hamilton , ON
Canada
43° 11' 39.2856" N, 79° 49' 24.8196" W
Ontario CA
Khawla

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