Letter from the editor
Inside the second issue of Palestine in America, you’ll find analyses regarding the United States’ complicity in the horrific occupation of Palestine, the siege on Gaza, and a detailed look at the vibrant Palestinian-American community across the country.
Readers will also get an informed breakdown of the 2016 presidential election and its ramifications for Palestinians, the gripping stories of student activists for Palestine thriving despite adversity, and profiles of successful Palestinians living in the U.S.
Beyond the second issue, one of PiA’s biggest milestones this year was officially registering as a nonprofit organization in Illinois last January. Eight months later, PiA is also hosting its first major event —PALIPALOOZA—a cultural arts experience exclusively featuring Palestinian musicians and artists.
Palipalooza is the biggest project PiA’s team has taken on thus far and one we hope to make an annual endeavor. Each year, in August, we will bring you Palestinian rappers, singers, musicians and poets to a city in the United States. This year’s program will be in Hickory Hills—just outside Chicago. After feeding our guests, the band Baeoa, singer Kareem Ibrahim and rappers Waheeb Nasan and Safi G will perform. We hope to see you at Aladdin’s Banquet Hall on August 13th!
PiA hopes to eventually have office spaces in Chicago, California, Washington D.C. and New York to better serve our readers. We’d also like to raise enough funds to pay our writers, editors and board members who dedicate their time to giving a voice to Palestinian-Americans.
If you’re interested in joining our team or donating money to our cause, please email PalestineinAmerica@gmail.com or send a check to PO Box 346161, Chicago, IL 60634.
Thanks for supporting Palestine in America’s second print issue, made possible by the dedication of our writers, editors, graphic designers, board of directors and partners. While our first issue was a tremendous beginning to our annual tradition, we hope this year’s issue will strive to be just as great, if not better.