AHEPA E-News! | Vol. 11 Issue 27
AHEPA Journey to Greece is Underway
Thirteen students are enrolled in the 2017 Journey to Greece program hosted by Webster University, Athens Campus, June 24 to July 22. The students will earn college credit by studying ancient and modern Greece in addition to community leadership and civic engagement. The program also includes excursions to ancient and culturally-important sites. Learn more: program information
Add Your Voice: Parthenon Marbles Congressional Resolution
Add your voice. Tell Congress to back the return of the Parthenon Marbles. Help pass a congressional resolution that expresses the sense of Congress hat the United Kingdom should enter into negotiations with Greece to facilitate the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. learn more
Rebuild St. Nicholas Campaign
AHEPA is determined to meet its Saint Nicholas Capital Campaign fund raising goal of $1 million. Donations--large and small--keep pouring in for AHEPA's #RebuildStNicholas capital campaign.
ICYMI | Our campaign continues its momentum as we head into summer. Thank you AHEPA Parthenon Chapter 405, Whitestone, N.Y., $5,000; and Lord Baltimore Chapter 364, Baltimore Md, $500, for their donations to the campaign!
Has your district or chapter organized a fundraiser for the campaign to #RebuildStNicholas? Take action and support AHEPA's campaign today! Please tweet about your fundraising activity by using #RebuildStNicholas to share your work with the broader community!
St. Nicholas Appeal Video
AHEPA has produced its latest appeal video to help #RebuildStNicholas.
TAKE ACTION: Donate Today!
MORE TO SHARE: Initial appeal video released at the 94th Grand Banquet!
Thanks to a live webcam, you can watch progress being made with a first-hand look at the site where Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be build.
Tell Congress to Back the Return of the Parthenon Marbles
AHEPA commends the introduction of H.Con.Res.51, a bipartisan, concurrent resolution that expresses the sense of Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece. U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the resolution, May 2.
Find & Urge Your U.S. Representative to Co-sponsor H.Con.Res.51, or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard, 202.224.3121.
Share our Call to Action blog post.
Help Grow the Hellenic Caucus! Membership at 125.
The 115th Congress is well underway. And with it, the work renews for the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, led by Co-chairs U.S. Reps. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY). The Hellenic Caucus has 125 members.
Is your U.S. representative a member of the Hellenic Caucus? Click here to find out.
Download & Share: Action alert to help you outreach to Congress
The Hellenic Caucus has been an active, bipartisan group in Congress since its founding in 1995.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
25-29 | AHEPA Family 95th Supreme Convention, Orlando, Fla.
14 | Deadline for fall issue of The Ahepan
Greek American News Digest
Editor's Note: Editorials, Commentaries, and Opinion pieces are shared for information purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy positions of the Order of AHEPA, its affiliated organizations, and members.
Cyprus peace talks intensify as rivals pore over plans
ABC News via Associated Press (July 3)
Peace talks to reunify the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus intensified Monday as rival negotiators pored over documents outlining each side's stances on a raft of issues, including the thorny issue of security. read more
Maria Menounos reveals brain tumor battle, quits E! News
Associated Press (July 3)
Maria Menounos says she has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor and has announced her resignation from E! News. read more
Pope Francis donates 50,000 euros to earthquake victims of Lesvos
ANA-MPA (July 2)
Pope Francis donated 50,000 euros to address the needs of the earthquake victims of Lesvos, the Vatican's Apostolic Nunciature in Athens said on Sunday. read more
Greek Poetry in the Shadow of Austerity
The New Yorker (June 27)
The poet Jack Spicer famously compared the poet to a radio: when the writer is really listening in, he or she simply receives transmissions at a certain frequency. Ultimately, Spicer implies, there’s little control over what comes across onto the page. This kind of thinking initially seems to concern the mystery of individual inspiration—where our ideas come from. But is there a frequency for public devastation that has grown too loud to ignore, signals that start to impinge on every part of life? read more
United States will continue to support Greece as it begins to recover, says ambassador
ANA-MPA (July 3)
The United States will continue to support Greece as it enters the process of economic recovery, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said on Monday evening, as he marked Independence Day at an event held in his house. "As Greece now begins the process of economic recovery, the United States will continue to do all that we can to see that the Greek people thrive and succeed and to further strengthen our alliance," he told guests. read more
Turkey: Greek coast guards fire on Turkish vessel in Aegean
Associated Press (July 3)
Turkey on Monday condemned what it called an “excessive act” by Greece after Greek coast guards fired on a Turkish freighter ship near the Greek island of Rhodes...The Greek Coast Guard said it tried to stop the vessel following “an anonymous telephone complaint” that it was carrying narcotics. It said the ship was in Greek waters. read more
Troops Won’t Leave Cyprus Under Peace Deal, Turkish Minister Says
The National Herald (July 4)
Turkey’s foreign minister says Turkish soldiers will remain on Cyprus under any agreement to reunify the ethnically divided island. Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey won’t accept a peace accord that would mandate the withdrawal of all of its troops from Cyprus — a key demand by Greece and internationally recognized Greek Cypriots. read more