SAC to Hold Fundraiser in Irvine, CA, for Victims of Syrian Regime Brutality

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A fundraising lunch, featuring a performance by pianist Malek Jandali, to benefit the victims of the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on protesters. The event will be held this Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in Orange County, California.

Guest Speaker Mohammad Al-Abdallah

In conjunction with the Syria Sunrise Foundation, the Los Angeles chapter of the Syrian American Council (SAC) will hold a fundraising lunch to benefit the victims of the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on protesters in Syria. More than 5,000 people have been reportedly killed since the beginning of the uprising ten months ago, according to the UN.

The event will feature a performance by the world-renowned Syrian composer and pianist Malek Jandali. Inspired by the democratic revolutions taking place in the Arab world, Jandali composed a song entitled "Watani Ana: I am my homeland" in April 2011. Days after performing the song at a rally in Washington, DC, the home of Jandali's elderly parents in Homs was raided by armed Syrian security officers. The officers ransacked the home and beat Jandali's 66-year old mother and 73-year old father.

SEE: Musician: Syrian security raids family home - CNN

Additionally, the Washington, DC-based Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mohammad Al-Abdallah will deliver the keynote address. While working in Syria, Al-Abdallah faced two military trials and was imprisoned for his writings. He sought political asylum in the United States and emigrated here in 2009. Al-Abdallah worked in the Beirut office of Human Rights Watch as a consultant on human rights issues in Syria and Lebanon.

The Funds raised at the event will provide the victims of the Assad regime's brutality in Syria with humanitarian assistance.

WHERE:
Hyatt Regency Irvine
17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, CA 92614

WHEN:
Sunday, January 29, 2012
12 PM - 5:00 PM

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

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Rashad Al-Dabbagh
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