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Anas Shallal


On the ADC, Arab-American Community, and Empowerment

[Left to right: ADC President Warren David, Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, and Anas

[The following speech was delivered in acceptance of the Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award on 23 June 2012 at the Gala Awards Banquet of the Annual National Convention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).] I want to thank the ADC for giving me this great honor. This is doubly special since I knew Haleh Maksoud and worked closely with her on several issues including the then-looming war against Iraq back in 1996. Haleh understood the meaning ...

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Anas Shallal


Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist, activist, and social entrepreneur.  He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted; A space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide; and A place to feed your body, mind and soul. Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Chairman of Think Local First DC, a local business association.  He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations and continues to make his hometown of Washington DC a more livable community.