October 18th, 2014
On October 18, 2014, the Turkish Cultural Center of Pennsylvania held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony in their newest center located in Northeast Philadelphia. The Turkish community hosted a number of dignitaries, including several political and Turkish community leaders. Distinguished guests included Senator Michael Stack, Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, andRepresentative Brendan Boyle.
Mr. Sait Onal, president of the Turkish Cultural Centers of Pennsylvania, MC’d the event and welcomed the political leaders as well as Mr. Furkan Kosar, president of the Council of Turkic American Associations (CTAA) and representatives from neighboring Turkish cultural centers, and thanked ...
October 15th, 2014
On October 15th, 2014, the Turkish Cultural Center in Staten Island (TCCSI) celebrated the grand opening of its new offices in Staten Island, New York. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was was led by NY Assemblyman John Borelli; Sadri Altintok, TCCSI President; and Ismail Alaca, a TCCSI representative. The event wasattended by over 80 people and included NY state senators, NY state assembly members, and local community, business and religious leaders.
TCCSI President Sadri Altinok delivered opening remarks, describing the Cultural Center as a place to “build bridges and open doors between cultures, religions, languages and people.” Soon after, the audience received a tour of the Center an ...
October 14th, 2014
On Tuesday, October 14th, the Turkic American Alliance organized a panel discussion entitled ‘Silk Road Communities in the United States’ as an official event during Global Diaspora Week. The event brought together seven panelists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, respectively, who discussed their respective diaspora communities, their successes and accomplishments and future goals.
The panelists were a well-rounded group of speakers with diverse backgrounds ranging from journalism to the medical field and engineering and also including community youth. The panelists included Vladimir Fedorenko, President of the Tajik ...
October 14th, 2014
On October 14, 2014, Rumi Forum organized the first-ever Eid al-Adha celebration at The White House. Rumi Forum is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations (MAFTAA), which is one of six federations under the Turkic American Alliance, located in Washington, D.C.
Below is the complete news report as it appears on Today's Zaman newspaper:
The White House hosted an event to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Tuesday for the first time ever with the sponsorship of the Rumi Forum, an international organization established by Turks living in Washingto ...
October 2nd, 2014
On October 2nd, 2014, Pacifica Institute hosted its 1st Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner at the Hilton Anchorage in Alaska. Over 65 people attended the event, including a U.S. Senator, Alaska state legislators, academics, religious leaders, businesspersons, activists and community leaders.
The evening began with an opening reception followed by a keynote speech titled “Respect for the Sacred in the Context of American Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech” by Dr. Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology. Next, Hakan Tasci, the TUSKON-U.S. Representative, discussed the importance of developing U.S.-Turkey relations and also encouraged tr ...
September 25th, 2014
The Turkic American Alliance held its 2nd Annual Kyrgyz American Convention in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, on September 25th, 2014. The premier event was attended by over 200 guests and attracted a prominent delegation of government officials, legislators, leading businesspersons, academics and experts from the U.S. and the Kyrgyz Republic. In particular, 33 individuals from the United States attended, including 12 state legislators from 5 different states, in addition to high-level government officials from the Kyrgyz Republic, including H.E. Tayirbek Sarpashev, the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic; H.E. Temir Sariev, Minister of Economic Affairs; the Hon. Dr. Kan ...
July 11th, 2014
On July 11th and July 12th, 2014, Dr. Faruk Taban, the President of the Turkic American Alliance, attended the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, which has held this year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Taban attended the Opening Session, for which the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, delivered the keynote remarks. Dr. Taban also attended the Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Governor Steven Beshear of Kentucky, the Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, in addition to receptions at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.
The NGA Summer Meeting was a great success. TAA looks forward t ...
June 23rd, 2014
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, Jeffrey Rose.
The delegation traveled to ...
June 20th, 2014
Along with Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative of Global Partnerships at the U.S. State Department, and Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for USA and the Caribbean and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Dr. Taban introduced the Turkic American Alliance to ...
The President of the Turkic American Alliance, Dr. Faruk Taban, spoke before the International Relations Standing Committee during the United States Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting, which was held this year in Dallas, Texas, from June 20th to June 23rd.
April 10th, 2014
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 ...
April 9th, 2014
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 ...
March 19th, 2014
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 ...
February 25th, 2014
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.
February 7th, 2014
On Friday, February 7th, TAA representatives were invited to attend Ethnic Day at the White House, a day-long event that included a tour of the White House and briefings by high-level officials in the Obama Administration. These distinguished officials included White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Benjamin Rhodes, in addition to other senior National Security Council Staff, staff from the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and representatives from the National Economic Council.
In addition to TAA representatives, around 100 ethnic American leaders f ...
January 28th, 2014
A distinguished delegation from the United States toured Central Asia this month. The delegation consisted of Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance, Celil Yaka, President of the newly established Turkic American Chamber of Commerce (TACC), Süleyman Turhan, President of the Turkic American Federation of Midwest (TAFM), and Cemil Teber, President of the Turkic American Federation of Southeast (TAFS).
The delegation made scheduled stops in Bishkek, Almaty, Dushanbe and Baku, meeting with distinguished Members of Parliament and governing officials, signing four memorandums of understanding, and visiting education, health, business and other sectors of the respective repu ...