Vote Assyrian

Vote Assyrian We inspire and empower Assyrian-Americans to build a better future in Illinois. We aim to mobilize youth to promote positive changes within our community.

Vote Assyrian is a national grassroots initiative that strives to empower Assyrian-Americans. We are committed to giving the Assyrian community in the U.S. a voice by inspiring individuals and developing new leaders. We are an independent group of dedicated Assyrian-American volunteers based in Illinois and Arizona.

It was a privilege to be amongst some prominent Chicago figures today. People coming together to talk about safety and s...
09/21/2023

It was a privilege to be amongst some prominent Chicago figures today. People coming together to talk about safety and security for all, as well as uplifting marginalized voices.
We don’t hold signs and pretend to care, we go into neighborhoods and make the changes we need.
“It will take us to save us”

Today, August 31st is recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day the world's largest annual campaign to end over...
08/31/2023

Today, August 31st is recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day the world's largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember those we have lost to an overdose, acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind, and renew our commitment to end overdose and related harms.

Our director Ashur Shiba was fortunate enough to be able to take part in a virtual event with industry professional presenters and legislators and share the importance of breaking the stigma, and getting the resources they need to help.

Today we had the honor of Welcoming His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Younan, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Ancient Church of ...
08/21/2023

Today we had the honor of Welcoming His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Younan, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Ancient Church of the East.

State Senator Ram Villivalam
Representative Mike Kelly
Village of Niles trustee Marryann Warda
Village of Morton Grove trustee Ashur Shiba

🕊️ Remembering and honoring the Assyrian Martyrs on this solemn day. Their courage and sacrifices will forever echo in o...
08/08/2023

🕊️ Remembering and honoring the Assyrian Martyrs on this solemn day. Their courage and sacrifices will forever echo in our hearts. Let's stand together to preserve their legacy and ensure that their stories are never forgotten. 🙏🕊️

Thank you to the the Assyrian Caucus co-chair
And member of the Assyrian Caucus and of the 16th district for always standing with the Assyrian Community!

We were privileged to have an opportunity to sit with H. H. Mar Awa Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the E...
07/14/2023

We were privileged to have an opportunity to sit with H. H. Mar Awa Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East and discuss how to further our community interests.

Today we had the opportunity to meet with Alderperson of the  Andre Vasquez and discuss Immigration, refugees, and small...
07/12/2023

Today we had the opportunity to meet with Alderperson of the Andre Vasquez and discuss Immigration, refugees, and small business. The Alderperson is committed to working with our community and making sure we always have a seat at the table. Thank you Alderperson Vasquez for your support of the Assyrian American Community and it’s plight.

Today, as we gather together to celebrate the 4th of July, a day that holds profound significance for all Americans, I s...
07/04/2023

Today, as we gather together to celebrate the 4th of July, a day that holds profound significance for all Americans, I stand before you as a child of immigrants, filled with immense joy and gratitude. We may not have been born on this land, but we are proud to call ourselves Americans, and to be a part of this great nation. God Bless the United States of America 🇺🇸

Please attend this event if time allows you to. It’s so important to become educated. Whether you are currently a parent...
06/20/2023

Please attend this event if time allows you to. It’s so important to become educated. Whether you are currently a parent of little ones, older ones, or even thinking of becoming parents... this event is so important for you. For us.

If you’re going through a time in your life where mental health or addiction is a part of your life or someone you care about, please attend.

It’s time we bring awareness and put away the stigma of it being a shame or non existent when in reality… it’s killing our children and it’s killing us.

It’s time to care about one another and it’s starts with becoming educated.

Can you please share and help me spread the word? I hope to see you there 🙏❤️

It’s about time our people come together to talk about mental health and what’s being done about it.  Please be there ne...
06/15/2023

It’s about time our people come together to talk about mental health and what’s being done about it. Please be there next Friday!

ASSYRIAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS DELEGATESUNITE TO SEEK PASSAGE OF BI-PARTISANRESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE SEMELE MASSACRE ...
06/09/2023

ASSYRIAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS DELEGATES
UNITE TO SEEK PASSAGE OF BI-PARTISAN
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE SEMELE MASSACRE OF 1933

On June 6, 2023, a historic display of solidarity, coordination, and collaboration unfolded in Washington as Assyrian American organizations came together, serving as co-organizers to support the reintroduction of House Resolution 472. This resolution seeks to recognize the Semele massacre of the Assyrians in 1933 and has garnered bipartisan sponsorship from Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who serves as the Democratic lead co-sponsor.
The Delegation comprised of 20 Assyrian-American organizations, united for the first time to champion this cause and lend their collective voice to the movement.
Their shared commitment to seeking justice and commemoration serves as a powerful testament to their dedication and collaboration. This unprecedented collaboration underscores the magnitude of the issue and the urgent need for recognition.

Congratulations to the newly elected Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement Mr. Yacoob Gewargis As you em...
06/03/2023

Congratulations to the newly elected Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement
Mr. Yacoob Gewargis
As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I wish to assure you and the people in Athra of the continued support you will have from us in Diaspora.

04/05/2023

On behalf of everyone at Vote Assyrian, let me begin by thanking and congratulating every candidate and voter who participated in last night's election. Our country was founded on a profound ideal: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Democracy demands active participation, both as voters and as those who seek public service, and the Assyrian community proved once again that we are ready and able to answer the call of freedom.

Despite well-funded and organized attacks against our community, Assyrian candidates won almost all contested races, often in crowded fields. Assyrian turnout was at a record high, with nearly 25% of early votes cast locally being from Assyrian voters. In multiple races, Assyrian candidates received the highest number of votes of any candidate, clearly demonstrating that we can and will make our voice heard at every level of government. We have added 3 new Assyrians to the ranks of elected officials in Illinois, and I congratulate them on their victories, and look forward to serving with you.

Still, there is much work to do. Thousands of Assyrians stayed home and either did not register, or did not vote. We cannot and will not accept this. If there is one thing we learned in this election, it's that our votes do matter, and we are a strong and capable community with excellent candidates and an energized voter base. I pledge to you that Vote Assyrian will work tirelessly to register every single eligible Assyrian voter, and from this day forward we will work even harder to ensure our people do not leave any votes uncast.

Assyrians have a long history of persecution and disenfranchisement in our ancestral homeland. Before coming to America, most of our community was denied the right to freely elect their own leaders, and because of that we understand that we have a solemn duty to participate in the democratic process. We will continue to build on what we have achieved thus far, and we will continue to honor the sacrifices our people have made to bring us to this point.

Thank you all for believing in the democratic process.

Onward.

Ashur Shiba

04/04/2023

هل تحتاج إلى مساعدة في إيجاد مكان للتصويت اليوم؟ يرجى مراسلتنا. تغلق صناديق الاقتراع الساعة ٧ مساء.

04/04/2023

Polls close in less than an hour! Go VOTE 🗳️

First time voter in the house, woot woot 🙌🏽 Ninous Badeen
04/04/2023

First time voter in the house, woot woot 🙌🏽 Ninous Badeen

We’re so proud to have your support! Thank you!
04/04/2023

We’re so proud to have your support! Thank you!

I can’t make any promises but you might see this cute puppy Charlie if you go vote!Run to the polls!
04/04/2023

I can’t make any promises but you might see this cute puppy Charlie if you go vote!

Run to the polls!

04/04/2023

You have to love and appreciate the dedication of Shamoon Ebrahimi and Ali at the polls. Come see them and VOTE at Friendship Conservatory!

We love to see the energy and enthusiasm!

04/04/2023

Tomorrow is Election Day!

On this last day of Women’s History Month we want to recognize Courtney Moushi!Courtney grew up in the Chicagoland area ...
03/31/2023

On this last day of Women’s History Month we want to recognize Courtney Moushi!

Courtney grew up in the Chicagoland area where her grandparents helped foster her knowledge and passion for Assyrian culture and language.

When attending to college, she joined the Assyrian Student Association of UIC and shortly after became president of the club on campus.

Courtney quickly became passionate about connecting with other Assyrians on campus and being involved with the Assyrian Student Association of Chicago.

Since graduating UIC, she's served as Secretary of AYFA and currently serving as President of ASA Chicago. Her favorite part about working with the community is advocating for change and a voice for the Assyrian people, educating non-Assyrians on our history, and meeting/connecting with other Assyrians!

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having a Get Out & Vote Drive this Sunday, March 26th at 11:45am! Participating...
03/24/2023

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having a Get Out & Vote Drive this Sunday, March 26th at 11:45am! Participating churches include: Mar Andrious & Mar Sargis.
Following mass, there will be buses available to take you to a voting location to vote, and bring you back to church. If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on the same day. There will also be translators and helpers available on-site.

We will be having a Get Out & Vote Drive this Sunday, March 26th at 11:45am! Participating churches include: Mar Andriou...
03/23/2023

We will be having a Get Out & Vote Drive this Sunday, March 26th at 11:45am! Participating churches include: Mar Andrious & Mar Sargis. Following mass, there will be buses available to take you to a voting location to vote, and bring you back to church. If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on the same day. There will also be translators and helpers available on-site. This is your chance to vote Assyrian and have more political representation within our communities!

Early voting has begun! We love seeing our community coming together and supporting one another!
03/22/2023

Early voting has begun! We love seeing our community coming together and supporting one another!

Have you voted yet ? Candidates and Volunteers are waiting for you at Morton Grove and Niles!!
03/22/2023

Have you voted yet ?
Candidates and Volunteers are waiting for you at Morton Grove and Niles!!

The endorsements keep coming in for Marryann Warda, our candidate for Trustee for the Village of Niles! Thank you to the...
03/19/2023

The endorsements keep coming in for Marryann Warda, our candidate for Trustee for the Village of Niles! Thank you to the American Middle East Voters Alliance PAC for their endorsement! Remember, early voting starts tomorrow, Monday March 20th at Niles Village Hall! Reach out to us with any questions.

We are proud to announce that Village of Niles Trustee candidate Marryann Warda has earned the endorsement of the Indo-A...
03/19/2023

We are proud to announce that Village of Niles Trustee candidate Marryann Warda has earned the endorsement of the Indo-American Democratic Organization/IADO! Please remember that early voting begins this Monday, March 20th at Niles Village Hall.

Meet Shoshan Sarkis, a very well known activist in the Chicago-metropolitan area. Shoshan Sarkis, a prominent Assyrian c...
03/16/2023

Meet Shoshan Sarkis, a very well known activist in the Chicago-metropolitan area.

Shoshan Sarkis, a prominent Assyrian community leader, has dedicated her life to serving her Assyrian nation, seeking ways to improve the lives of the members of the Assyrian community and helping keep the Assyrian nation alive both on their ancestral homeland in the Middle East and in the diaspora.

Sarkis's entire life is a testimony of her devoted service to the Assyrian culture and nation.

She has served Chicago community members through the Assyrian National Council of Illinois (ANCI) since 2007.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Coalition of Limited English-Speaking Elderly of Illinois and a founding member of the Chicago Chamber of the Assyrian Aid Society-America (AAS-A).

Between 1994 and 1996, she worked for the United Nations Non-Governmental Organisations (UNGO). During the same period, she served on the international staff of the Assyrian Aid Society-America. She also worked as a producer of programs and short documentaries for Ashur TV.

Sarkis has impacted thousands of Assyrian lives in Iraq by meeting their needs including food and shelter. She has organised events to promote gender equality and the importance of women's roles in Iraqi society. Through the "Save the Children" humanitarian project, she brought many Assyrian children to the United States for life-saving surgeries. She served the elderly people and improved the lives of thousands through the State of Illinois Community Care Program. She educated listeners on the importance of preserving the Assyrian culture through Assyrian social and cultural programs on local radio stations.

Sarkis first migrated to the US in 1979. She returned to Iraq to run the AAS-A-relief operation where she met the love of her life, Sami Benjamin Bay. Together, they served valiantly their Assyrian nation. Due to security risks, they were forced to leave Iraq. In fact, Bay was scheduled to be airlifted to Guam; however, he left with Sarkis ahead of the scheduled airlift.

Sarkis has a degree in accounting, a certificate in management and supervision from the Illinois Department on Aging, and a certificate of achievement in Alzheimer research from Northwestern University.

Sarkis's life's mission is to serve her Assyrian nation, help refugees and all those in need, and this with unwavering loyalty and steadfast determination.

Many of you know her as Shami, she is a fearless advocate. Shamiran Echi, President of the Assyrian Aid Society Chicago ...
03/11/2023

Many of you know her as Shami, she is a fearless advocate.

Shamiran Echi, President of the Assyrian Aid Society Chicago Chapter and Executive Secretary of the Assyrian American National Federation, sees every role she serves as an opportunity to inspire and cultivate the next generation of leaders for her nation. Leading with empathy for herself and others, she understands the disconnect many Assyrians feel in the diaspora, far from their ancestral lands, and works to build bridges between communities and organizations.

Born in Nohadra, she immigrated to the US as a child with her family in the 1990s, escaping the Saddam Hussein regime. Shamiran grew up and attended high school in Elk Grove Village, continuing to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Roosevelt University.

Life in the US afforded her family many opportunities, but she felt something was missing and decided to return to her homeland for the first time in 2009. This life changing trip gave her a calling - to provide a voice for her people in the homeland. As a result, in 2010, she joined the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa).

Motivated to go beyond the political, in 2012 a friend convinced her to join a youth group to Bet Nahrain - today known as Gishru. That trip cemented her passion for humanitarian work, and helped her understand the power she had to raise awareness regarding the challenges Assyrians face in their homeland, connect them to those in diaspora, and provide hope for their future. She returned for the Akitu trip with Gishru the following year. This growing passion led her to become more deeply involved when she returned home.

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Shamiran hosted the first “Assyrian Ladies Nights” in Chicago to raise funds for women’s cancer research. A portion of funds were used to offer Assyrian women free mammograms in Chicago. In 2016, she was first elected as Executive Secretary for Assyrian American National Federation, then re-elected 2018 under President Martin Youmaran and 2021 under President Ashor Chamoun. She hosted a Mother’s Day Event in 2018, auctioning gowns of the legendary Assyrian singer Linda George to raise funds for for Saint Judy’s of Iraq Nineveh Plains Defense Fund (NPU) and Sacred Heart of Elderly in Ankawa.

Her tireless commitment to humanitarian work led her to volunteer for years with the Assyrian Aid Society of America, leading to her election as President of the AAS Chicago Chapter in 2019, where she continues to leverage her network and roles to connect Assyrians everywhere with one another. Moved by her deep love for her people, Shamiran understands she is working for an end goal she may not see herself. She works tirelessly to inspire Assyrian youth in diaspora to learn their history and about their ancestors, in the hopes that it will motivate them to get involved and use their talents to empower Assyrian communities locally and globally.

Next up, “center stage” is Naema Abraham. Niles Township High School District 219 Board President, Naema Abraham, never ...
03/10/2023

Next up, “center stage” is Naema Abraham.

Niles Township High School District 219 Board President, Naema Abraham, never expected to be in that position. But her concern for her daughter’s education got her that eventual title.

She herself was a proud immigrant that found Skokie to be a great place for her family to call home. She graduated from Niles North and was the first member of her extended family to go to college.

When her daughter went to Niles North, she decided to find out how our tax dollars were spent on her education. From that point she got the support of family and friends to run for a seat on the board. In 2017 she won a seat. In 2021 she was re-elected for another term. In 2022 she helped the Assyrian community in ushering in an Assyrian language and heritage class in District 219. In those two terms, not only was she a champion of inclusion and equity for all district stockholders, she also helped the district manage the difficulty of educating students during the Covid 19 epidemic..

Along the way she helped the Assyrian community to realize that voter participation can make great changes. They helped Naema to become the first person of color and an Assyrian immigrant to get elected to a township position. Today that participation has helped many Assyrian candidates across Skokie, Lincolnwood, Niles, Des Plaines, and Morton Grove to give politics a run.

From a concerned parent to a mini trailblazer, Naema Abraham has shown that people can make a difference in their community. You just need to trust the process and organize a community to help itself.

Thank you for your service!

Juliana Taimoorazy is our next inspiring woman!She is a leading international advocate, Nobel Peace Prize-2021 and 2022 ...
03/09/2023

Juliana Taimoorazy is our next inspiring woman!

She is a leading international advocate, Nobel Peace Prize-2021 and 2022 nominee, speaker and writer advancing awareness of persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

In 2007, Juliana founded the Iraqi Christian Relief Council to shine a light on the plight of Christians in her ancestral homeland and raise funds to deliver food, shelter and medicine to Iraq. Her own unique story as a refugee has made her a strong leader and an unshakable voice for Christians and other minorities in the Middle East today. Taimoorazy has advised many U.S. based organizations and institutions on the issue of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, has been consulted on developing policy, has authored many articles and continues to speak globally to raise awareness on these important issues. She has recently partnered with different US based organizations to assist with the Afghan rescue efforts.

Understanding the value of religious freedom, she has been known as a “Warrior Against Discrimination”. She has spent much time in building relationships between the Middle Eastern Christians and the Jewish community. She is leading the effort among the Assyrians in America to fight against anti-Semitism in different communities.

As a young woman in 1989, fleeing religious harassment in Iran, Juliana was smuggled into Switzerland. After spending seven days in a monastery in Zurich, she was once again smuggled into Germany where she sought religious asylum. In December of 1990 she arrived in America as a refugee in search of religious freedom and the American Dream. In 2000, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. As a passionate leader who knows firsthand how education can transform lives in America, she has helped refugee women obtain an education to rebuild their lives.

Today, through her activism, speaking engagements and regular media appearances, both in the U.S. and internationally, Juliana has tirelessly shared her personal story and promoted the cause of Iraqi Christians throughout the world. She has been featured on FOX News, BBC, Wall Street Journal Live, Newsmax, Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), and Christian radio programs including CBN.

From her time as an Assyrian Christian living in Iran, Juliana learned to be multi-lingual and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Assyrian. She will soon be releasing a book sharing her personal experiences and the plight of her people, called “Daughter of Nineveh”.

Juliana has a heart for those who have served America in uniform. She helped raise donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, visited veterans at Walter Reed Hospital and gathered care packages for American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For her tireless service to humanity, Taimoorazy was nominated for the prestigious Nansen Award through the United Nations Higher Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). She has received multiple awards; Assyrian Woman of the Year, Michelle Malkin Investigates “Bulldog Award”, Advocacy of the Year award, just to name a few.

In June of 2022, Juliana received the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Medal of Valor, joining the ranks of Sir Winston Churchill and the US Congressman John Lewis. She is a UN Delegate in Geneva, a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Midwest Region’s Community Engagement Committee and a fellow and a member of the advisory council of The Witness Institute, which strives to continue the work and legacy of the Holocaust Survivor, Professor and Noble Prize winner, Elie Wiesel.

Happy International Womens Day! To mark the occasion of Women’s History Month we will be highlighting the pioneers and l...
03/08/2023

Happy International Womens Day!

To mark the occasion of Women’s History Month we will be highlighting the pioneers and leaders in our community and giving them the center stage.

We are proud to introduce Maryam!

Maryam is a second year graduate student studying International Affairs at Columbia University. Her research pertains to indigenous land rights and Middle East identity politics.

She recently interned at the Religious Freedom Institute for the Middle East Action team, and conducted research on religious and indigenous communities living in Syria before and during the Syrian Civil War. Maryam is also an active youth member of the Mar Mari Assyrian Church located in Yonkers, New York.

Thank you for all you do and the leader you are!

Support Marryann Warda and vote her as Trustee for the Village of Niles!
03/07/2023

Support Marryann Warda and vote her as Trustee for the Village of Niles!

Wishing our Jewish friends and colleagues a happy and peaceful Purim!
03/07/2023

Wishing our Jewish friends and colleagues a happy and peaceful Purim!

Live in Lockport? Vote early in-person at Lockport Township and be sure to vote Assyrian!
03/05/2023

Live in Lockport? Vote early in-person at Lockport Township and be sure to vote Assyrian!

The Dream Team working in Niles for our very own Marryann Warda
03/05/2023

The Dream Team working in Niles for our very own Marryann Warda

Meet Dr. Sandra Chimon Rogers! Dr. Rogers has been a part of the Homer Glen community since the late 1980s and a Lockpor...
03/05/2023

Meet Dr. Sandra Chimon Rogers! Dr. Rogers has been a part of the Homer Glen community since the late 1980s and a Lockport Township High School (LTHS) alumni who was a percussionist for LTHS's band. She took honors courses and was involved in many high school activities, including serving as an aide for the Science and Athletic departments. Dr. Rogers’ passion for academics began with many conversations she had with her chemistry teacher at LTHS, Mr. Pocius. It is because of her experience at LTHS that she is in the field and position she currently holds, serving as a Dean of Academics and Faculty for a college of professional studies. Dr. Rogers has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois, specializing in Bioanalytical Nuclear Neurochemistry, focusing on finding various orthomolecular (natural products in their purest form) compounds that may be possible preventatives for Alzheimer's disease. She has been recognized for innovation in academic curriculum overhaul by the Congressional House of Representatives and the Society of Innovators, along with presenting a TEDx Talk on changing how we teach and learn. In her spare time, with her former research assistants (two of whom are her sons, one of whom attends LTHS and the other who will join the LTHS community in the Fall of 2023), they are working on completing her project with NASA/ISS/CASIS to see the effects of anti-gravity as a possible prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.

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