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Back to School Supply Drive 2015

60 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to help needy kids succeed in Montgomery County! Thank you so much for your generous donations!

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On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, over 170 parents, teens and educators participated in our workshop to learn how to build their own campaigns to stop dangerous speech online and in our communities.

Stop Dangerous Speech

Dangerous speech, which fuels intolerance, hatred and violence is threatening to tear the social fabric of our society. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, over 170 parents, teens and educators participated in our workshop to learn how to build their own campaigns to stop dangerous speech online and in our communities. EVENT SPEAKERS: Susan Benesch, Director […]

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Is Someone Recruiting Our Kids?

On Sunday, February 7, 2016 WORDE hosted an educational forum featuring two former violent extremists, Christian Picciolini, a former leader of the white supremacist movement in the US, and Mubin Shaikh, a former Islamist extremist.  Our guest speakers shared their personal stories of how they were influenced by different violent extremist movements, risk factors of […]

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Open House on the Montgomery County Model (MCM): December 17, 2015

Hosted by the International Cultural Center (ICC), the Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and the Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance (GIA), More than 80 participants gathered to learn about the Montgomery County Model (MCM), a unique public-private initiative with a core focus on preventing violent extremism through engagement, education, and prevention programs. Council Roger Berliner and several MC […]

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The Montgomery County Executive, Isiah "Ike" Leggett, was joined by Muslim leaders, elected and appointed public officials, school board members, the State Attorney's office and other concerned community members to discuss recent acts of violence and ways Montgomery County can support the Muslim community. Nearly 60 community leaders attended the forum.

County Executive and Other Elected Officials Meeting with Muslim Leaders: December 16, 2015

The Montgomery County Executive, Isiah “Ike” Leggett, was joined by Muslim leaders, elected and appointed public officials, school board members, the State Attorney’s office and other concerned community members to discuss recent acts of violence and ways Montgomery County can support the Muslim community. Nearly 60 community leaders attended the forum.

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Faith Community Advisory Council (FCAC) Quarterly Meeting with County Executive Ike Legget: November 17, 2015

The Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council’s (FCAC) bi-annual meeting with County Executive Ike Leggett was a huge success! More than 80 people attended this open forum, which included discussion topics issues spanning from racial justice, mental health and refugees & immigrants. Video links from My MC Media: http://www.mymcmedia.org/rev-mansfield-kaseman-on-gov-larry-hogans-syrian-refugee-statement-video/ http://www.mymcmedia.org/county-faith-leaders-react-to-gov-larry-hogans-syrian-refugee-statement-video/  

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Visiting Fellows Presentations: November 16, 2015

Nyambura Mundia, WORDE Visiting Fellow from Kenya, and Bonventure Chengeck, with the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships gave informative presentations about their experiences to-date working in Montgomery County on issues that promote social cohesion and greater public safety. Mundia and Chengeck are here as part of an exchange program established by the State Department’s […]

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Families, Faith, and Your School – October 18, 2015

On October 18, 2015 almost 90 people, including teachers, parents and families, gathered for a special afternoon of learning facilitated by Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and MCPS’ Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP). Parents received helpful information about navigating the school system including tips on excused absences, how to communicate with […]

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Youth Summit 2015

Youth & Law Enforcement Summit: October 16, 2015

On October 16, 2015, the International Cultural Center partnered with fellow community organizations such as Identity, Gaithersburg High School and the MCPD, in order to launch and facilitate the Youth & Law Enforcement Summit. The event hosted 75 students in grades 9-12 and involved a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing violence, […]

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Youth Against Hunger: October 25, 2015

Approximately 105 people gathered to make 700 sandwiches, cut 100 pounds of fresh vegetables and create 2500 cereal packs for local area shelters at Youth Against Hunger on October 25, 2015. In the tradition of community spirit which defines Youth Against Hunger, families and youth set record time – eagerly making the sandwiches in less […]

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