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Neil Mick
08-02-2007, 03:00 PM
Hi all! I am organizing a Benefit Seminar for Bashar Ahmed, Iraqi yudansha fleeing Baghdad violence. Please PM/post here for any questions.

You can view the flier for the event, here. (http://www.aiki-extensions.org/pubs/Berkeley%20Aikido%20Seminar.doc)

Jill N
08-02-2007, 06:18 PM
Wow- It sounds wonderful. I wish I could be there, but I am too far away. What an amazing lineup of sensei's. Anyone in California, don't miss it!

e ya later
Jill

Janet Rosen
08-03-2007, 08:27 AM
Neil, it is a terrific event. Barring family emergency, I'll be there.

Neil Mick
08-12-2007, 01:11 PM
Neil, it is a terrific event. Barring family emergency, I'll be there.

Wonderful: looking forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime--here's an article to bring the issue into perspective.

Jordan Yields Poverty and Pain for the Well-Off Fleeing Iraq (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/10/world/middleeast/10refugees.html?ex=1187409600&en=9bff725129c88d77&ei=5070&emc=eta1)

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 9 ó After her husbandís killing, Amira sold a generation of her familyís belongings, packed up her children and left behind their large house in Baghdad, with its gardener and maid.

Now, a year later, she is making meat fritters for money in this sand-colored capital, unable to afford glasses for her son, and in the quiet moments, choking on the bitterness of loss.

The war has scattered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis throughout the Middle East, but those who came here tended to be the most affluent. Most lacked residency status and were not allowed to work, but as former bank managers, social club directors and business owners, they thought their money would last.

jennifer paige smith
08-12-2007, 07:27 PM
Hi Neil,
I will see you there.
Jen Smith

Neil Mick
08-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Hi Neil,
I will see you there.
Jen Smith

Excellent. :D

Neil Mick
08-15-2007, 12:03 PM
And, here's a picture of what it's all about:

http://www.aikiweb.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=1579&ppuser=1563

PS Congrats on all your good work up to this point, Bashar!

Janet Rosen
09-12-2007, 01:44 PM
Argh.
Family emergency is over but the family situation does demand me reappearance back east that wkend.
Neil, one of these days we shall meet IRL.
My best wishes to ALL involved in this wonderful benefit seminar.

Neil Mick
09-16-2007, 04:16 AM
Updates: There will be a "mystey Sensei" dropping in on the Seminar. Hint: he was a student of O Sensei's.

If I hadn't mentioned it earlier: all attendee's get a year's membership to Aiki-Extensions, Inc, as part of their donation/Seminar fee.

Now, how cool is that? :cool:

PS Don't forget to bring along a bag lunch.