The Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC) is a non-profit, member-driven organization representing Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan living in the United States and Canada. The KNC was founded in 1988, soon after Iraqi chemical weapons attacks on Halabja and other Kurdish cities and villages.
Its objective is to unite Kurds living in North America to work for common goals, to promote the idea of a United Free Kurdistan, and to strengthen the voice of all Kurds living in the USA and Canada. The KNC is a democratic organization. Its president and board of directors are elected by the members and the organization is governed by a set of by-laws. The KNC encourages open discussion of issues, free speech, and active participation in leadership by its members.
Dear KNC-NA members, friends,
KNC-NA will be holding a meeting on Saturday, June 21st from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The location of the meeting will be announced in the near future. This meeting will be attended by the current KNC-NA board members, former KNC-NA presidents, former board members and members; this meeting will be open to the general public; the purpose of this meeting is to discuss the challenges KNC-NA and other Kurdish organizations in North America has been facing due to the political, social and cultural changes within the Kurdish communities in Diaspora and abroad in the recent years.
KNC-NA meeting attendees will intend to discuss those challenges, membership drive, better networking and collaborations between Kurdish organizations in North America and abroad and other issues to better help and understand how KNC-NA and other Kurdish organizations can revive, collaborate, network to become more viable and productive.
Please check the KNC-NA website at http://www.kncna.net/ for any future updates and the location of the meeting.
KNCNA Board of Directors
January 26, 2013 at 6PM:
"The Kurds in a Transforming Middle East"
With Prof. Hisyar Ozsoy, University of Michigan, Flint, and Luqman Barwari, President of the Kurdish National Congress, North America
Dr. Hisyar Ozsoy will be the keynote speaker on the topic, "The Kurds in a Transforming Middle East". The event will be held at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on January 26, 2013 (Saturday) at 7:00 p.m. The address is 3331 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320. Luqman Barwari, president of the Kurdish National Congress of North America, will also provide information about the Kurdish people.
Dr. Ozsoy is an Assistant Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Flint. He has done extensive research and public lectures on the politics of Kurdish conflict in Turkey and the Middle East. His broader research is concerned with nationalism and state formation, ethnic conflicts, political violence, social movements, minority rights and peace building. He regularly teaches courses on social change, political movements and the cultures, histories and politics of the Middle East.
The evening will also feature Kurdish music, food and dance. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-event interviews with the speakers may be arranged. Photos are also available if desired.
This event is sponsored by the Kurdish National Congress, North America (www.kncna.org). It is co-sponsored by the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Contact: Jim Yarbrough, 805-375-9939, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 13, 2013: KNC-NA call for a thorough investigation into the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris:
Dec 27, 2012: Letter to Mr. Yuksel regaridng the loss of BDP parliament member Mr. Serafettinn Elçi.
Nov 12-13: Solidarity with Hunger Strike in LA:
Nov 5, 2012 KNC-NA PR on Hunger Strike in North Kurdistan:
Kurdish American Advocacy group has released a PR, and a petition is also on line for everyone to sign. Please see the attached file for the PR, and use this link to access the petition:
Here is the Turkish Consulate address:
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Seminar on Syria and Kurdistan by KAES-LA on Oct 6, 2012 in Long Beach, CA:
PR on the July14th event in Amed: