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Anna Baltzer presents



TWO talks as part of a Palestinian American National Conference called "Palestine ....The Key to Peace" featuring M Alhabbash, Minister of Agriculture and Social affairs; Dr Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism; Adam Shapiro, co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement; and Dennis Kucinich (by video). Register at

FRI, May 22 @ 7:15PM
Solidarity Lecture (including personal story, information about Palestinians in Israel, & action ideas--no photos)


SAT, May 23 @ 12:30PM
Presentation with photos & stories, including history & the future

Both events at:
Crowne Plaza Hotel
5440 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL (near Chicago O'Hare Airport)
Register at


SUN, May 24 @ 2PM

The Islamic Foundation North
1751 North O'Plaine Rd
Libertyville, IL


Anna Baltzer is an award-winning Jewish American Columbia graduate, Fulbright scholar, author, and the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees. As a volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, Baltzer documented human rights abuses and supported Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Baltzer has appeared on television more than 100 times and lectured at more than 300 universities, schools, churches, mosques, and synagogues around the world with her acclaimed presentation, "Life in Occupied Palestine: Eyewitness Stories & Photos," and her full-color book: Witness in Palestine.

Baltzer recently returned from a trip through Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, documenting Palestinian life in the diaspora. For further information about her work and tour, please visit

Baltzer will also be selling and signing copies of her popular book: Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.

Foot Locker, Inc. Coupons!

Be sure to click on the links below to actually print these coupons out and take with you when you shop at one of the following stores. These are great deals and finds for you and your family, especially since summer is near!

Mambo Sprouts Launches Healthy Recipe Contest

Mambo Sprouts opens its annual Mambolicious Healthy Recipe contest, calling for tasty original recipes featuring natural and organic products. The contest promotes natural ingredients and aims to get a wider audience involved in choosing ingredients that are both healthy and eco-friendly.

All cooks are invited to get out their aprons and submit original recipes that incorporate one or more of our sponsors’ products into a healthy recipe and enter it into one of the following five categories:

Savings Savvy: Tasty, generous portions on a tight budget.
Kids Eat Smart: Healthy and nutritious meals kids will eat.
Quick & Easy: Recipes that can be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes or less.
Classic Alternatives: Recipes for people on special diets such as gluten-free, diabetic, or wheat-free.
Desserts with a Twist: Desserts that are both healthy and delicious.

Winning recipes will incorporate one or more products from the Mambolicious contest sponsors including Jane’s Krazy Mixed-up, The Ginger People, Ian’s, Lightlife, Brown Cow, SAN-J, and Equal Exchange.

The contest will be judged by Peggy O’Mara, a natural living author and publisher of Mothering magazine; Chef Keith Snow of, a social network dedicated to seasonal cooking; and Kimberly Lord Stewart, award-winning food journalist and author of Eating Between the Lines: The Supermarket Shoppers Guide To The Truth Behind Food Labels.

“I’m excited to see the recipe submissions,” said O’Mara. “This contest is a wonderful opportunity to highlight how easy, affordable and delicious healthy food really is.”

The first place winners in each category will receive gift cards and an assortment of natural and organic products valued at approximately $600. One grand-prize winner will take home $2,500 cash plus products and prizes with a total package value of approximately $4,000!

Recipe submissions could be randomly chosen to appear in the new Mambo Test Kitchen video series. Visit to see the featured selections.

This year, Mambo has added a video category and invites people to submit their own cooking videos to Mambo’s YouTube Group page at One video winner will be selected to receive a prize package.

Submissions will be accepted from May 4 to June 15. Full rules and an online entry form can be
found at

ABOUT MAMBO SPROUTS: Mambo Sprouts Marketing is a full service health, natural and
organic foods and products marketing and promotions company. Through their online, mail and
in-store programs, Mambo Sprouts reaches over 2 million proven N&O shoppers quarterly.
Mambo offers manufacturers and retailers a complete range of customized programs including:
the industry's first and only natural product co-op mailer featuring an optional custom solo mailing; Mambo Sprouts natural and organic product Messenger newsletter and coupon books distributed quarterly to 385,000 N&O consumers; MamboTrack, offline and Web-based market research services; offline and online mail list development; Go Mambo!, Mambo Sprouts’ mobile promotions van that travels throughout target regions distributing product samples and coupons at major events and festivals; Web marketing including natural product instant e-coupons, sample offer promotions, and a monthly targeted health e-newsletter. Mambo Sprouts is based in Collingswood, New Jersey.

For more information call (856) 833.1933 or visit

Need Business Cards?

MyCardsDirect is offering customers 1000 business cards for $55. However, MyCardsDirect accepts smaller and larger orders. MyCardsDirect is owned by Dan Ceresa (Sir-e-sa).

For more information, you can reach Dan at 630.386.7744 or email at

Order your business cards or other business materials today at

Review: Sahara Palace Restaurant

Sahara Palace Restaurant is a place to try Arabic food. Beautifully decorated, Sahara has prices ranging from, not counting beverages or desserts, $3.99 to $13.99--tax not included. There is something for everyone with those prices.

My husband ordered a Falafel sandwich. I ordered a Gyros or "Shawarma" sandwich. It was delicious. We would get it again.

Sahara Palace Restaurant is located at 5621 Wansford Way, Rockford, IL 61109. Phone number is 815.395-1112 with business hours as follows: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

It is recommended to call ahead for pick-up orders, if you want faster service. Sahara Palace Restaurant also offers catering for special events.

Young Writers Needed

Hiba Kidz (Hiba Magazine's Children's section) is looking for young writers. If there are any young, enthusiastic writers in your family or social circle, please ask them to send their contributions for the Spotlight section of Hiba Kidz.
Hiba Magazine:
- For your articles and poems:
- For your feedback and suggestions:
- For Hiba Kidz contributions:

Internships with the US State Department

The US State Department is offering several Internships that provide a wide range of programs to accommodate all types of students.

The two current programs that are featured by the State Department are the Cooperative Education Project and Stay-In-School Program.

1. The Cooperative Education Project is an Internship program that fuses academic studies with on the job experience. The program is designed to accommodate students who prefer to intern for a period of a semester rather than on a part time basis.

There is an emphasis of academic theory and its application to issues faced on a regular basis in the State Department. The internship will provide training and other resources for students to be able to solve real world problems.

Applications for this particular program are evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

To be eligible you must be:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • A U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in a degree, certificate or diploma (full- or part-time) program
  • In good academic standing at your school
  • Able to meet security requirements

To learn how to apply please visit this program site

2. The Stay-In-School Internship is a program designed for students who want to gain real world experience in the state department while attending school.

The program much like other internships offered by the State Department is an opportunity for students to be exposed to the real world problems, theories and the application of solutions. And although the program is designed on a part time basis - Interns will have an opportunity to be paid at regular Government salary rates.

To learn how to apply please visit the program

Democracy for America Netroots Nations Scholarship

The following is an announcement from the Democracy for America in its efforts to continue there Scholarship program to the Netroots Nation National Conference – a conference that is a gathering of progressive activist from all over the country once a year to share ideas, inspire one another and strengthen the community:

Netroots Nation is an amazing opportunity for progressives to network and build off of each others' ideas. We think this opportunity should be open to everyone, everywhere. We've set up this scholarship for people who have something to contribute at Netroots Nation, but cannot afford the funds to make it out to the conference. We're committed to making sure that Netroots Nation represents people from all walks of life and all parts of the country.

Learn more and apply today!