Conversation on the Humanitarian Crisis in Turkey: With Mehmet Kilic

DATE AND TIME

Mar 4, 2019 | 1:30 pm -

Mar 4, 2019 |

Location

Commonpoint Queens’ Central Queens
67-09 108th Street
Forest Hills, New York 11375

Peggy Kurtz
Director, Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs
(718) 268-5011 ext 151
pkurtz@commonpointqueens.org

Queens and Brooklyn are home to a growing population of Turkish refugees fleeing a humanitarian crisis and an increasingly authoritarian government at home. Since about 2013, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consolidated his grip on power, shutting down opposition parties and independent media. Tens of thousands of public sector employees have been dismissed without cause, including teachers, healthcare workers, and academics. Children have been jailed along with parents. The populist Erdogan has targeted especially one minority group, the Hizmet movement, as a threat to the Turkish people. Mehmet Kilic represents the Journalists and Writers Foundation of the Turkish Cultural Center at the United Nations.

Suggested donation, $5.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Peggy Kurtz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or by emailing her at pkurtz@commonpointqueens.org