• On September 12th, 2014, Adem G. Aydin, co-founder of the Turkish Cultural Center in Vermont, was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press, in which he shared the pillars of the organization's rapid growth and success since its establishment in 2011.

    In the interview, Mr. Aydin mentioned that he was inspired by Fethullah Gülen’s guiding principles of "embracing differences" and ensuring that "differences have an opportunity to survive." He also credits the Cultural Center’s rise to community collaborations, contributions from members as well as volunteers who have been paramount to its success.

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    TCC-Vermont Co-Founder Interviewed by Burlington Press
  • Thirteen years have passed since that fateful day that shook our nation and forever changed the course of history. Today, on this anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Turkic American Alliance mourns and remembers those 2,977 innocentvictims whose lives were cut tragically short, as well as their loved ones, families and friends who continue to bear the weight of grief and loss. The Turkic American Alliance also remembers and honors those brave men and women, both in and out of uniform, who took heroic action that day that saved the lives of so many. The Turkic American Alliance and its six regional ...

    On the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
  • On Tuesday, August 26th, TAA Board Members held meetings throughout Sacramento, California. The Board Members meet with Deputy Secretary of State, Debbie O’Donoghue and Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Carrie J. Martin from the offices of the Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Chief of Policy, Daniel Suvor, from the office of Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Majority Leader V. Manuel Perez and Legislative Director, Daniel S. Cucchi from the office of the California Senate Majority Leader. Afterwards, TAA traveled to Carson City, Nevada, where it had appointments with Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell and the Assembly Majority Leader of Nev ...

    TAA Board Members Meet with Legislators in California and Nevada
  • On Tuesday, August 26th, the California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce (CATA Chamber) hosted its 4th Annual Turkic American Legislative and Business Dinner’s in California’s capital city, Sacramento. The event was co-sponsored by West American Turkic Council (WATC), TUSKON, California Asian Pacific Chamber, Sacramento Black Chamber and the Northern California World Trade Center. Distinguished guests included Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal, Bill Quirk, Robert Weickowski and Assembly Republican Caucus Chairman Bryan Jones and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce.

    The evening opened with welcoming remarks by the President of the CATA Chamber, D ...

    CATA Chamber Hosts 4th Annual Turkic American Legislative Dinner in California
  • On Wednesday, August 20th, Pacifica Institute of Los Angeles hosted LAPD Chief Deputy, Michael Downing, as part of their Luncheon Forum Series to discuss “Policing Convergent Threats of the 21st Century”.

    Chief Deputy Downing shared his insights on how the traditional role of law enforcement in the aftermath of 9/11 has “evolved to complement the role of national security”. To meet this challenge, he suggested a unique approach that combines public involvement with individuals' ability to understand intent. Using these two approaches in addition to outreach and engagement, Chief Deputy Downing believes this would help the community, especially those tha ...

    Pacifica Institute Hosts LAPD Chief Deputy Michael Downing
  • On Monday, August 18th, Dr. Faruk Taban attended the Annual NCSL Legislative Summit held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Taban was invited as a panelist on the NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply which was attended by international parliamentarians, U.S. state legislators and legislative staff. During the session, Dr. Taban presented on the challenges, successes and potential of the energy in Turkey, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

    The energy panel titled, “Energy: Perspectives from Across the Globe”, was a joint session with the Task Force on Energy and Supply and Taskforce on International Relations. The panelists included Representative Jeff Morris, Co-Chair ...

    TAA Presentation at Annual NCSL Summit in Minneapolis
  • On Tuesday, August 5th, H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), visited the TAA headquarters where he received a tour. During the lunch meeting, TAA President Dr. Taban presented on TAA and its activities across the United States. H.E Mwencha was impressed by TAA’s work at the grassroots level and its role of building relations with U.S. and Central Asian countries to promote peace and harmony across both regions. Mr. Mwencha also called for unity among nations and emphasized the “need and value to connect with Africa and its people”. H.E. Mwencha was in Washington D.C., to attend the U.S.-Africa Summit held on Aug 4-6th, 2014 aimed ...

    H.E. Erastus Mwencha Visits TAA
  • On the evening of July 23rd, 2014, Senate staffers gathered in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for the Turkic American Alliance’s (TAA) first Senate Ramadan Dinner. The event saw over 80 people, including His Excellency the Ambassador of Albania, His Holiness of the Bektashi Order of Dervishes and several Chiefs of Staff. After Dr. Faruk Taban, President of TAA, offered introductory remarks, His Excellency Gilbert Galanxhi, the Ambassador of Albania addressed the audience. Ambassador Galanxhi thanked the Turkic American Alliance for making him feel so welcomed by invi ...

    Turkic American Alliance Hosts Senate Ramadan Dinner
  • On Wednesday, July 16th 2014, Turkic American Alliance (TAA) hosted its Annual Congressional House Ramadan Dinner. Attended mostly by congressional staffers, the event saw over 100 guests, including six U.S. Members of Congress—Joe Garcia (FL), Yvette Clarke (NY), Al Green (TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), André Carson (IN) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO). As those of us fasting broke our fasts for the evening meal, friends old and new friends came together through warm conversations. Additionally, the Turkic American Alliance presented two Members in particular, Representative Clarke and Representative Carson, with the ...

    Congressional Ramadan Dinner at the U.S. House of Representatives
  • On Wednesday, July 9th 2014, Turkic American Alliance hosted its annual Signature Ramadan Dinner. Over 80 VIP guests attended this event, including a U.S. Senator, the Marlyland Secretary of State, Ambassadors, high-level State Department officials and other federal and state government officials, academics, and many others. Distinguished speakers included U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough. Opening speeches were delivered by TAA President Dr. Faruk Taban, who also introduced U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. Senator Baldwin discussed the importance of Ramadan and the importance of dialogue among family, friends and communities. Secretary ...

    TAA and Rumi Forum’s 2014 Signature Ramadan Dinner
  • On June 23rd, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan led a group of seven state businesses and state staff on a trade mission to Turkey in order to promote international trade and explore opportunities in emerging sectors in the country. The trip also aimed to help strengthen and increase U.S.-Turkey trade overall through dialogue and partnerships. The mission was organized in partnership with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Also joining Governor Hassan on the trip was State Commissioner at the Department of Resources Economic of Development, ...

    New Hampshire Governor Leads Trade Mission to Turkey
  • For the 4th Annual Turkic American Convention, there was a strong presence from the United States Senate. Four prominent U.S. Senators attended, stopped by, and delivered remarks on April 8th at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium and on April 9th at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. On April 8th, Senator Joe Donnelly (IL) attended the TAC Welcome Reception, which kicked off the Fourth Annual Turkic American Convention. The Senator spoke with Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA) on various topics including general information about TAA and its latest activities. Dr. Taban also informed the Senator about a possible trip to Turkey and potential business opportuniti ...

    U.S. Senators Attend Turkic American Convention
  • The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), the largest national Turkic organization in the US, held hold its fourth annual Turkic American Convention in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON), the Rethink Institute and the Turkic American Chamber of Commerce (TACC). The Welcome Reception on the evening of April 8th was attended by 20 U.S. Members of Congress and Turkish Members of Parliament, including two U.S. Senators. During the welcome reception, which was held in well-known Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Members of Congress highlighted that friendship between Turkey and the US will contribute to world peace. One of the Con ...

    Turkic American Alliance holds annual convention in Washington D.C.
  • During the evening of Wednesday March 19th, the Turkic American Alliance had the pleasure of hosting the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) for a Culture and Business Reception in conjunction with its 2014 winter meetings. A total of 80 guests attended the reception, including 11 Honorable Lieutenant Governors—NLGA Chair Todd Lamb (OK), Nancy Wyman (CT), John Sanchez (NM), Gregory Francis (U.S. Virgin Islands), Peter Kinder (MO), Mead Treadwell (AK), Jay Dardenne (LA), Drew Wrigley (ND), Yvonne Prettner Solon (MN), Kim Reynolds (IA) and Jeff Colyer (KS). The program began as guests mingl ...

    TAA Hosts Culture and Business Reception for Lt. Governors
  • On Tuesday February 25th, the President of the Turkic American Alliance, Dr. Faruk Taban, attended a reception at the Supreme Court hosted by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). This event coincides annually with the NAAG winter meetings. Dr. Taban had the distinct honor to meet with the Honorable Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, as well as with several state Attorneys General.

    NAAG Reception at Supreme Court

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Mr. Gülen Releases Statement on ISIS in WSJ, NYTimes, WaPo, LATimes and Chicago Tribune

September 17th, 2014

On September 17th, 2014 Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen released a statement condemning the ISIS organization and its attacks, which was published by the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and the Wall Street Journal. Below is the complete column as it was reported: ISIS Cruelty

TCC-Vermont Co-Founder Interviewed by Burlington Press

September 12th, 2014 adem

On September 12th, 2014, Adem G. Aydin, co-founder of the Turkish Cultural Center in Vermont, was interviewed by the Burlington Free Press, in which he shared the pillars of the organization’s rapid growth and success since its establishment in 2011. In the interview, Mr. Aydin mentioned that he was

On the 13th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

September 11th, 2014 White Rose 9-11 memorial

Thirteen years have passed since that fateful day that shook our nation and forever changed the course of history. Today, on this anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Turkic American Alliance mourns and remembers those 2,977 innocent

TAA Board Members Meet with Legislators in California and Nevada

August 26th, 2014 photo (1)

On Tuesday, August 26th, TAA Board Members held meetings throughout Sacramento, California. The Board Members meet with Deputy Secretary of State, Debbie O’Donoghue and Assistant Deputy Secretary of State Carrie J. Martin from the offices of the Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Chief of Policy, Daniel Suvor, from the

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