Mayor Annise Parker Announces Houston’s Language Access Plan

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Representatives of the Houston Baku Sister City Association joined Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Mayor Pro Tem Edward Gonzalez, City Councilmembers Ellen Cohen, Melissa Noriega, Jack Christi, Jerry Davis and Andrew Burks, as well as representatives of Houston’s large international community and Consular Corps at Houston’s City Hall today for the announcement and executive signing of the City’s Language Access Program which will translate essential information for public consumption.

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Over the next six months, this program will translate vital information regarding key city services and disaster related information in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane or home gas leak into the five most spoken, non-English or Spanish, languages in Houston.

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We were proud to be invited be a part of this events and present to witness the signing of this progressive document which will add to the reasons why Houston is one of the most diverse and international cities in the United States.

To view a short video of the press conference, please click here!

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Houston Mayor’s Iftar Dinner a Success!

Mayor Annice Parker

In what has quickly become a highly sought seasonal event in the Houston area, the 2013 annual Iftar Dinner was a complete success following another annual night of friendship, dinner and faith.

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Iftar is one of the group observances conducted during Ramadan where communities gather together to break the daily fast, and  on Saturday, July 27th, 2013, members of all faiths and denominations joined together for this prestigious yearly dinner at the Bayou City Events Center.  Although planned for 1500 guests, almost 2000 people attended the dinner organized by the Baku, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul and Karachi Sister City Associations and hosted by collaborating organizations such as The Azerbaijan Center, Bilateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce, Council on American Islamic Relations of Houston (CAIR), Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Muslim Council of USA, Raindrop Turkish Center, South Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Hashoo Foundation (www.hashoofoundation.org) and many others.

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The Mayor of Houston and other Congressional, County, City, business and civic leaders also attended to show their support and solidarity during this multi-cultural event.  After being introduced by Midland Energy President and CEO Javaid Anwar, Mayor Annise Parker addressed the importance of community and faith while addressing the full banquet hall.  The Mayor and First Lady of Houston were joined by Houston City Comptroller Ronald Green, Councilman Larry Green and Harris Country Sheriff Adrian Garcia.   Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Congressman Al Green, both Congressional representatives whose districts are located in Houston, also greeted the audience and presented proclamations to the organizers of the dinner for their hard work towards creating a more diverse society.

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Erica Lee

Ramadan is a time for giving and coming together as people through fasting, patience and sacrifice.  Through suppressing our selfishness, we open ourselves to explore the emotions brought on by the less fortunate.

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The Azerbaijani community together with the Pakistani, Arab, and American communities were proud to be a part of this wonderful event and we look forward to it again next year.

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To view more pictures of the Mayor’s Annual Iftar Dinner, please click here.

2013 Annual Ramadan Dinner on July 27th.

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your overwhelming support of the 2013 Ramadan dinner hosted by the Baku, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul and Karachi Sister City Associations.  As of a few days ago we already have 1500 people registered for this amazing event.  We thank the organizers who have worked so hard to ensure this dinner takes place and we hope to see everyone there!