Torture violates international law, U.S. law, and human decency. Yet, as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program confirms, the U.S. has used extensive torture post-911.  Join us for a community conversation open to the public to feel and think – through poetry, film, history and a community conversation – about the contours of where we are, how we got here, and our way forward. The event, which includes an open mic portion, readings from the report, discussions about the effects of torture on victims and communities, and an excerpt from the documentary "Taxi to the Dark Side," will conclude with a town hall community meeting to discuss pivotal questions such as: How do we keep responsible people and institutions accountable for committing torture? And how can we strengthen our movements to create a world where torture is rejected? 

Event date Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Event End Date Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Capacity Unlimited

OAKLAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MURAL / off the wall series; Art Forces, the Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC) and Nor Cal Friends of Sabeel invite you to join us for an evening of dance, refreshments, and activism: REVOLUTION IS LOVE.

Event date Saturday, 14 February 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 14 February 2015
Capacity Unlimited
In this class, participants will learn how to make khobz mlawah, a delicious Yemeni pan-fried bread served with honey and/or dates. Sink your hands into this baking class with guidance from Yemeni instructor Hanan Albar. Caution: this tasty bread is highly addictive!


Event date Saturday, 07 February 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 07 February 2015
Capacity 10
Individual Price 35.00
Arabic Cooking and Baking Series: Sayadieh: Flavors of Yemen Part II

In this series, participants will be invited on a hands-on culinary journey through the Arab world, discovering the history, culture, and science behind some of the Arab world's most essential dishes and seizing the opportunity to produce them with your own hands. Taking us from the gulf, to North Africa, to the Levant, in this session, participants will explore the diverse legendary cuisines of Yemen, Tunisia, and Lebanon. 

In this class, participants will learn how to make the mouth-watering savory dish of fish, rice, fried onions and spices called sayadieh. Excellent for seafood lovers, this filling and flavorful dish is the equivalent of Yemeni soul food.


Saturday January 31, 2015
11:00am-2:00pm (3 hours)

Single Session $35 
Single Session $30 for ACCC Members*


Hanan Albar is currently the facilities manager at the Arab Cultural and Community Center, where she makes the center feel like a home for ACCC staff and the entire community through her loving care. Hanan was born in Hadramout, Yemen and immigrated to the US six years ago, and is the mother of two children.


*ACCC member rates valid for members with a current 2015 ACCC membership. Annual membership expires Dec. 31st of each year.

Must be 15 years of age or older and minors are to be accompanied by a parent unless otherwise approved by instructor.

Event date Saturday, 31 January 2015
Event End Date Saturday, 31 January 2015
Capacity 10
Individual Price 35.00