MARCH 2018

Chamber Welcomes U.S. Senate Candidate

The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce hosted a meet and greet on Friday, February 2, where they welcomed U.S. Senate candidate John James. 

Blowing out 100

Known for his religious writings written in Aramaic, Shamasha Sadik Barno turned 100 years old this past February and a party in his honor was thrown. His actual birthday was part of a long family debate because proper records were not kept.  He was believed to be born between 1917 and 1919 so the family, through some research, determined that 1918 was the year.  In San Diego, California, family, friends, clergy and other religious figures gathered in his honor.  Barno was married to the late Agatha Poullath Barno and had 17 children, five died at young ages in Iraq.  He has 64 grandchildren and is a great great grandfather.

Honored for Her Service

Huda Konja celebrated 20 years of service at Childtime in Farmington Hills on January 31, 2018. The school dedicated a plaque in her honor at the entrance.

ECRC in Arizona

Representing ECRC, a group of women attended the Alpha Conference focused on a Catholic context in Arizona. Alpha is a tool to introduce people to an initial proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. As Pope Francis said, “Nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful, and wisdom- filled than that initial proclamation.” The conference was held in Arizona. Those who attended included ECRC Ambassador Terry (Therese) Dickow, ECRC Director Patrice Abona, Chaldean News Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Denha Garmo, Co-Founder of ECRC Neran Karmo and ECRC Ambassador Ahlam Shango. 

Vying for Conyers Seat

Westland Mayor Bill Wild garnered much media attention when he announced last month his candidacy to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 13thCongressional District seat.

Mayor Wild views the vacant congressional seat as a call to service and will bring to Congress more than 20 years of experience as a public servant whose hard work, shared values and energy will ensure that Washington D.C. works for everyday people of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

“When the legendary Dean John Conyers stepped down from his seat, our communities lost an institution of public service.  I believe my work ethic, energy and proven track record of getting things done are what everyday families in the 13th Congressional District need now,” said Wild.

The native son of the 13th Congressional District, Wild is in among several candidates in the race including former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, and state Sen. Coleman Young II.  There are also two candidates on the list who share Conyers’ last name — his son John Conyers III, and his nephew state Sen. Ian Conyers.  Candidates have until April 24th to file ballot petitions for the August primary.

Award Winning Writer

Caitlyn Zawideh was awarded the University of Michigan Granader Family Upper-Level Writing Prize in Humanities. Zawideh’s piece, Mother of Exiles, was written for her English 325 class and nominated by her instructor Molly Beer. Zawideh was one of two winners selected by a panel of judges who deemed her writing as exceptional.

Wife of detainee attends State of the Union

On Tuesday, January 30, Nahrain Hamama, wife of then detainee Usama “Sam” Hamama, joined Rep. Sander Levin for the annual State of the Union address in Washington D.C. Sam Hamama was among hundreds of Iraqi nationals picked up in raids carried out by ICE throughout metro Detroit on June 11, 2017. Also joining Rep. Levin were Hamama’s children Britanny, 20, and Chris, 17.

U.S. Ice Carves it up at the Winter Blast

U.S. Ice provided several ice carvings for the annual Meridian Winter Blast for the second consecutive year. Each year this Winter celebration is hosted at Campus Martius in Detroit. U.S. Ice provided a variety of ice carvings, each weighing about 300 pounds. From animals to the Spirit of Detroit, these carvings took many different forms.