June 15, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Local Muslim and LGBTQ Leaders Hold Solidarity Event in Montgomery Village (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Prayers led by an imam, a reverend, and rabbi were held at a gathering hosted by local Muslim and LGBTQ leaders to condemn violence a day after the the worst mass shooting in United States history that happened at gay night club in Orlando Florida. Dozens filled a room at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village, […]

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June 13, 2016 | Staff Writer

Muslim Community to Join in Solidarity with LGBT Community Tonight in Montgomery Village

Community leaders are planning to join together to condemn violence and bigotry at a solidarity event tonight at 7 p.m. at the International Cultural Center at 19650 Clubhouse Road in Montgomery Village. “We will not allow hatred and terror to divide our society and the families that lost their loved ones. You have our regrets […]

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April 11, 2016 | Willie James Inman

Faith Community Working Group Taps Lubna Ejaz to Serve as Co-Chair

The Faith Community Working Group of Montgomery County (FCWG) has selected a new co-chair. Lubna Ejaz, president of the Board of Directors for the Muslim Community Center, has been nominated to serve as the new co-chair of the FCWG. Since it’s founding in April of 2013, the group of faith and community leaders strives to deepen understanding and […]

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March 8, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Five Things to Know Today, March 8, in Montgomery County

Here are your five things to know today, March 8, in Montgomery County: 1. The Montgomery County Council meets today. On the agenda: a briefing on Blizzard of 2016 clean up. You can view the Council’s entire agenda, here. 2. The Montgomery County Board of Education is also meeting today and on the agenda: appointment of Superintendent […]

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February 3, 2016 | Willie James Inman

Discussion Against Violent Extremism Planned for Sunday

The World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) will host a discussion titled “Is Someone Recruiting Our Kids?” focused on ISIS inspired operatives and homegrown extremism on Sunday, February 7. Speakers include Christian Picciolini, author of “Romantic Violence” and “Memoirs of an American Skinhead” and Mubin Shaikh who wrote “Undercorver Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18” and “Al […]

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February 3, 2016 | Willie James Inman

HHS Committee to Receive Update on Refugee Resettlement

The Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee will hold a meeting on refugees and people seeking asylum on Thursday. The committee will discuss available services for refugees, asylum seekers, and receive an update from resettlement organizations. Participants include the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Lutheran Social Services, all of […]

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June 17, 2015 | Aline Barros

UPDATE: County Officials and Federal DHS Secretary Meet in Montgomery Village

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with county officials and members of the community on June 16 at the International Cultural Center in Montgomery Village. Members of the county’s Faith Community Working Group said Johnson requested the meeting to be closed to the press. Only those who registered prior to June 8 were […]

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