PAKPAC Endorses Candidacy of Zahid Ali Syed
for NY State Assembly


According to a press release received by Pakistan Link, the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC) is proud to announce the candidacy of Mr. Zahid-Ali Syed for New York State Assembly (AD17).
Mr. Zahid Ali has been a PAKPAC supporter and friend, and a very active community member working for the rights of all people. He received and accepted the nomination from the Nassau County Democratic Party and the Working Families Party to be a candidate for the New York State Assembly in the Special Election scheduled by Governor George Pataki for February 28, 2006.
He is a candidate for New York State Assembly District 17 that includes parts of East Meadow, Merrick, North Bellmore, Garden City, New Hyde Park, Floral Park and Uniondale, Long Island, New York.
His nomination is a validation of his dedicated 15 years of work he has done as a community and labor activist fighting for the rights of fellow working-class citizens. He has represented the community well as a Commissioner in the Nassau County Human Rights Commission and as a Labor Union Representative with RWDSU Local 338, one of the largest unions.
PAKPAC urges all Pakistani Americans, American Muslims, and all immigrant organizations and people that they represent to join us in fully supporting Mr. Zahid Ali Syed.
In this race, timing is of essence as there are only a few days left to make a difference and win the elections.
We ask you to start by doing the following:
A) Send your contributions as soon as possible with checks made out to: Friends of Zahid-Ali Syed
and mail to : 69 Lloyd Court, East Meadow, NY 11554:
For your benefit contribution sheet can be downloaded through this link:

B) If you are in the 17th District, PLEASE Register to vote:
The last day to register to vote in person is February 17; applications being mailed should be postmarked no later than February 8. The last day to postmark an absentee ballot application is February 21
Link to Nassau County Board of Elections
C) Please as call other community members to join in to help. If interested in volunteering, please call:516 832 6151
D) On the day of election Feb 28th, 2006 the polls open from 6AM to 9PM. Make sure you go out to vote in the district and encourage family and friends in the district to go out and vote form him.
Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival

The second annual Pan-Asian Music Festival (February 11 – 18, 2006) brings the sounds and scenes of South Asia to Stanford University with a rich variety of concerts, lecture/demonstrations, and films.
The Festival presents renowned artists and speakers in a program that promises to thrill music lovers, film buffs, and scholars alike. Presented by the Department of Music and the Asian Religions & Cultures Initiative with Prof. Jindong Cai as Artistic Director, including collaborations with Stanford’s Film Studies Program and Stanford Lively Arts, the Festival is set to become the premier event for Asian music in the country.
Prof. Cai, Director of Orchestral Studies at Stanford, had long dreamt of producing a festival that specifically celebrated the music of contemporary Asia. When he joined Stanford last year, he saw it as a wonderful setting as the cosmopolitan and sophisticated audiences in the Bay Area would be likely to embrace a music festival that features high-caliber performers and participants.
The week begins with a symposium on Sufi music and the place of music in Islam (Feb 11-12) and a concert by one of Pakistan’s greatest qawwali ensembles, Farid Ayaz Qawwal and Brothers. The ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims, qawwali integrates love poetry, devotional imagery, musical rhythms and melodies, gesture and movement, to spur moments of mystical rapture and insight. The ensemble has performed around the world.
Salman Ahmad will perform “Sufi Rock” with his US-based band Junooni on Feb. 13. He will sing lyrics of traditional Sufi poets as well as more recent Sufi poetry, in a rock idiom.
An extraordinary valentine arrives on Feb. 14 in the form of A.R. Rahman, India’s most renowned composer of film and pop music. A child prodigy, Rahman has composed music for over 100 films in several Indian and international languages and has received the high honor of “Padmashree” from the Indian government, all before 40. To quote noted critic Richard Corliss: “His songs were recognizably Indian but paraded a world of musical influences, from raga to reggae, from Broadway to Ennio Morricone, with each tune heightening the film’s drama. It was an astonishing debut.”
Tickets can be purchased through Stanford Lively Arts: http://livelyarts.stanford.edu/, Stanford Ticket Office: 650-725-ARTS (2787). A Festival pass for the whole week’s events is available for $85. A Festival pass excluding the sitar concert on Feb 17 is $50. For further details on all events, see http://panasianmusicfestival.stanford.edu

 

 

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