Report on Special Event with Hon AG of PA Josh Shapiro

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“Really glad you’re doing something like this. Clearly it’s happening all over the country, but it takes guts to bring about the discussion because so many times we think a) that’ll never happen to me or b) have a fear of bringing up such heavy topics out loud. The best part is you have Government officials there supporting you and hearing your voices, so it’s going to the next level. And I saw what happened to Neil Makhija in a Facebook video, it’s alarmingly frightening. Thanks for doing what you do!” – Anonymous

 IAALV Seeks to Become an Effective Voice For the Community in these Trying Times Drawing Strength from our Unity!

Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:

On May 17, 2017, IAALV organized a groundbreaking event for the good of the community where immigrants in general and Indian-Americans in particular discussed bias-motivated attacks and verbal affronts on the members of the community, and particularly the safety of our streets and our schools.

Our featured speakers talked about the current state of affairs and gave us assurance about ensuring the safety and security of the members of the community. The Hon. Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, who headlined thee meeting, mentioned that he is overwhelmed by the substantial increase in the number of hate crime cases in Pa since he was sworn Jan. 17, 2017. Hate crimes are defined in Pa. as ethnic intimidation. 

Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro, Honorable attorney of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He said he is bent on reversing the trend by encouraging immigrant communities to work with judiciary, law enforcement and government bodies.

The contact number for people having ethnic intimidation issues is 

717-772-0907.

(Please let IAALV know if you want help with expediting your complaint redressal process.)

To deal with this situation effectively and collectively, the attorney general is forming a coalition of partnership with the immigrant communities. He congratulated IAALV on its mission and continued efforts towards that end and invited us to be part of this initiative to help alleviate the situation.

Guests
Community Leaders and Guests

The presentations by the attorney general and other officials struck a chord with the audience. Most importantly, more than 10 organizations serving Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans came together and participated in the event and they all agreed to work together for our common good and shared interests.

Moving forward, we need to do the following:

  • Form Coalition: To become a part of the soon-to-be-formed coalition, IAALV organizes itself as an umbrella body for all organizations serving over 7000 Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans irrespective of their affiliations and faith. IAALV through its’ activities since the early nineties has been adding value to the entire community irrespective of their affiliations or faith thus making each one of 7000 of us a beneficiary of our efforts.
  • Develop Political Power: We must seize the moment to develop political power and all organizations present were supportive of the idea. We need to re-establish the Indo-American Political Action Committee along the lines of what we established in 1994.

Friends, we must seize the moment as IndianAmericans are at a crossroads where we must choose between more talk or wasteful politicking and plain old hard work to bring the community together. Our actions and involvement will determine and secure our future and the second generation and the generations that will follow.

I urge all concerned people to come forward to become part of these initiatives and encourage them to join us to take these steps forward prudently.

God bless us all as we forge ahead!

Arum Kumar

IAALV President 2017

484-358-2335 (Mobile)

Deepak Sharma, Esq

IAALV Board Member 2017-18

610-730-6409 (Mobile)

Ashim Bhowmick

IAALV Board Chair 2017-18

610-457-4205 (Mobile)

 

Brochure of this Event : View

Organizations Invited (present and could not be present) : View

Photographs Courtesy of Rajib Baruah

TV and Press coverage – Links

WFMZ:

Here’s the link to the story that aired May 17 at 6:00PM: http://www.wfmz.com/514651286

INDIA ABROAD:

India Abroad – June 02,2017:

www.indiaabroad-digital.com/indiaabroad/20170602?pg=10

 

India Day Flag Raising on Aug 15th

India’s 70th Independence Day

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

When: Monday, August 15th 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm

Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101 Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

August 15th, 1947, India became an independent nation.
Seventh largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.
Home to the over 5000 years ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, and Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped its’ diverse culture.
India is a Federal Constitutional Republic governed under a Parliamentary System consisting of 29 States & 7 Union Territories.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
India has general elections every five years.
2014 General Elections for 543 members (8,251 candidates contested) of parliamentary constituencies of India were conducted by the Election Commission, an independent Governmental body. It spanned over 35 days, with voter turnout of 66.38% with 814.5 Million registered voters making it the largest-ever election in the world.

Come join us to salute the Flag of India. For more information, please contact:

Contact: Shikha Sood: events@iaalv.org

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country.

– Team IAALV

Republic Day of INDIA 2016 Celebration

Team IAALV Cordially Invites You to

67th Republic Day of India Celebration

in the Valley

January 31, 2016

1PM to 5PM

Alumnae Theater, Cedar Crest College (New venue)

100 College Drive, Allentown, PA18104

Cultural Program: 1PM to 2:30PM -::- Quiz: 2:30PM to 4PM -::- Social & Snacks: 4PM to 5PM

Quiz online registration is open now. Visit: iaalv.org/quiz

On 26 January 1950, world’s largest democracy adopted the constitution. Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the GAC (Government of India Act) 1935 as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the INDIA CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY (ICA) on 26th November 1949, and it was come into effect on just after 2 months i.e. on 26th January 1950 with a democratic government system.

Election of IAALV Executive Committee 2016-17

OUR NEXT STEP TO ESTABLISH THE NEW TEAM:

A lot will depend on the leadership and management skills of The TEAM RUNNING the organization for the next two years! 🙂

  
 

Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:

 
 

All are cordially invited to IAALV Annual General Body (GB) Meeting and Election of 2016-17 IAALV Executive Committee (EC) are convened as per the schedule below.

 
 

Date: Saturday, Dec 19, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GB Meeting and Election of 2016-17 IAALV EC)

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (EC Meeting)

Venue: Hindu Temple Society, 4200 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109, Phone:(610) 264-2810

 

Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting as it is important for us all.

 
 

ELECTION OF THE 2016-17 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

 
 

As per constitution of IAALV, the term of office of the current executive committee has come to a close and elections are due for the selection of new executive committee for the two year term 2016-17 with their term beginning on Jan 1st 2016. 

 
 

Accordingly, nominations are invited for Election to the Executive Committee. As outgoing IAALV President, I have installed a nominating committee with the following members:

 
 

Chair: Surender Dayal 610-392- 5851

Members: Kamacharulu Ramoju 678-779-1606, Ashok Khandelwal 732-318-9418

 
 

who are entrusted to find few good people who have the leadership and understanding to take the association forward for the benefit of 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans 

 

We have several positions of program managers and members at large currently open, interested candidates are requested either to call members of the nominating committee or send their nomination

to the president@iaalv.org by or before the nomination deadline midnight of Sat Dec 12th.  All the eligible nominations received per the deadline indicated above, shall be placed on the slate by the nominating committee for election.

 
 

With best regards,

Ashim Bhowmick

President, IAALV 2014-15

610-966-5057 (Home)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)


 

Diwali 2015

IAALV Annual Diwali Celebration

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Springhouse Middle School 1200 Springhouse Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

3:00PM – 3:30PM Participants & Kids Snacks

3:00PM – 7:00PM Cultural Program and Music Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM Vegetarian Dinner

Gates open at 2:30PM

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Minal Patel, Payal Suratwala, Aparna Bharath, Shikha Sood, Bama Bhashyam at diwali@iaalv.org

Tickets

Buy Tickets : iaalv.org/tix

Adult (Age 16 and above): $25.00

Child (Age: 5-15): $12.00

One Complimentary Ticket worth $25.00, per 2015 Paid membership.

If you are not a paid member of IAALV, become a member today to take advantage of this offer. Offer not valid after the event is sold out.

We have also reserved few best seats in the house for 2015 Paid members.

We call it “Membership Advantage”. Ask us about it when you buy tickets.

Offer valid while reserved seats last.

Tickets are on sale starting Sept 15, 2015.

Visit www.iaalv.org/tix to buy tickets or contact

Rajib Baruah at tix@iaalv.org.

Buy Early, Avoid Disappointment. Sells Fast!

Last Year was a ‘SOLD OUT’ Event and IAALV had to turn people away.

Charity

Please bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Pantry

India Day Flag Raising on Aug 14th

India’s 69th Independence Day

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

 When: Friday, August 14th 2015, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

  • Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
  • Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
  • Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101 Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

 

Come join us to salute the Flag of India. For more information, please contact:

IAALV Asst Program Director, Shikha Sood: shikha_sood@hotmail.com

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country with the Honorable Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.                                                 – Team IAALV

Cancelled: IAALV Republic Day 2015

The Republic Day Celebration scheduled on Feb 21st, Saturday is canceled.

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

Due to inclement weather, Team IAALV has canceled the Republic Day Celebration scheduled on Saturday Feb 21.

We sincerely apologize if this change has caused any inconvenience. We would let you know when new date is finalized.

Thank you so much for your understanding and continuing support.

Team IAALV
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COME AND JOIN US

LEHIGH VALLEY’s 66th REPUBLIC DAY of INDIA CELEBRATION

SUNDAY, FEB 21, 2015
WHITAKER AUDITORIUM, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY, BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

On Jan 26, 1950, world’s largest democracy adopted its Constitution and made this day important to India and to the entire world.
A Tribute to Democracies around the World.

PROGRAM: 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Cultural: 1:00 – 2:30PM; Quiz: 2:30 – 4:00PM;
Social & Snacks: 4:00 – 5:00PM

Quiz Registration: Registration are open now. Enroll your child or children to our popular, fun filled learning activity: the quiz competition : www.iaalv.org/quiz

Annual DIWALI Celebration

When?

Nov 8, 2014 @ 4:30PM

Where?

Springhouse Middle School

1200 Springhouse Rd., Allentown, PA 18104

Who is invited?

Open to all. This is a ticketed event.

Flyer

Diwali Flyer

Tickets

Members: $20.00 per adult (Age 16 years and above).

Non-Members: $25.00 per adult (Age 16 years and above).

Children: $12.00 per child (Age 5 to 15 years).

Buy Online

Basket Raffle

We are looking for generous sponsors, Click here to read more if you are interested.

Program Details

4:30PM to 6:30PM : Cultural Program

6:30PM to 8:30PM: Dinner and Socializing

8:30PM to 11:00PM: Professional Programs

Contacts

For Program details: diwali@iaalv.org

For TIckets: tix@iaalv.org