Kurdish National Congress of North America

Kurdish National Congress of North America Nonprofit organization representing North American Kurds since 1988 and working towards a united and free Kurdistan Accomplishments: Throughout its 26-year history, KNC has played a leading role in promoting the Kurdish cause within the United States, Canada and Kurdistan.

Some of KNC’s accomplishments include: 19 annual conferences in North America with participation from leading Kurdish and non-Kurdish scholars and politicians Organized first International Conference on Kurdish Women for Peace and Equality in Southern Kurdistan on March 2007 Delivered two shipments of Medical supplies to the Ministry of Health (KRG) worth over $530,000, on November 2006. Co-sponsored the first Conference on Democracy & Freedom in Syria & Syrian Kurdish Human and National Rights in Washington D.C. in March 2006. Organized first meeting for Eastern Kurdistan (Iran) Political Parties Meet to Form a United Front in March 2006. Organized Conference on Kurdish Independence at the University of Sulaimany and Salahaddin University in November 2005. KNC & Kurdish delegation from North America, Europe and Kurdistan meet with the United Nations officials in New York on Wednesday, -----December 22, 2004, and handover copy of two million signatures collected from Kurds in Iraq by the Kurdistan Referendum Movement seeking independent. Participation in meetings and round-table discussion with President George W. Bush in Michigan 2003. Participation in meetings with Vice President Mr. Richard Cheney, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser, at the White House and Secretary of Defense Mr. Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. Also present at the meeting were Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Defense Secretary, and Zalmay Khalilzad, on March 2003. Organized memorial for Halabja massacre and Anfal mass exodus at the U.S. Senate Office Building Organize first conference to discuss reconciliation between KDP & PUK in Washington DC. Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Genocide against the Kurds in Iraq (1992) Worked with State Department and Congress to help establish Voice of America Kurdish Service Organization of numerous demonstrations throughout the U.S. and Canada Numerous appearances on NPR, Talk of the Nation, CNN, and other well-known U.S. media sources by representatives of KNC Press releases for raising awareness on key issues affecting the Kurds Organizing of Newroz parties, picnics, and cultural events in local communities through U.S. and Canada.

Mission: Its objective is to unite Kurds living in North America to work for common goals, to promote the idea of a United Free Kurdistan, and to strengthen the voice of all Kurds living in the USA and Canada. The KNC is a democratic organization. Its president and board of directors are elected by the members and the organization is governed by a set of by-laws. The KNC encourages open discussion of issues, free speech, and active participation in leadership by its members. Kurdish Name: http://www.emunix.emich.edu/~khailany/kurdname.html

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Join us on Saturday, July 18th at 1PM EST for our webinar "Kurdistan Region: In the Crosshairs of Regional Hegemonic Int...
07/11/2020

Join us on Saturday, July 18th at 1PM EST for our webinar "Kurdistan Region: In the Crosshairs of Regional Hegemonic Interests".

Register now: https://tinyurl.com/KNCNA718

What does Turkey really want to achieve in both Iraq and Syria? Equally, what does Iran want? What is the role of the U.S. foreign policy towards the Kurds in this region? More importantly, what do the Kurds want and how should they navigate through this turbulence? During this event, such questions will be analyzed in details by these subject-matter experts and representatives of the region: Bayan Rahman, David Pollock, Wladimir van Wilgenburg, and Giran Ozcan.

Learn more at: https://kncna.net/index.php/2020/07/11/kurdistan-region-in-the-crosshairs-of-regional-hegemonic-interests-webinar/

06/29/2020
Rojava Webinar Hosted by KNCNA

If you missed our webinar on current affairs (unity talks, #SDF, etc) in #Rojava, you can watch it here: youtu.be/WFXZNtW2ey4

A huge thanks to our speakers, Sinam Mohamad, Amy Holmes, Mutlu Civiroglu, and Ihsan Efrini for shedding light on whats been happening

Webinar on current events in Rojava, featuring our speakers: Sinam Mohamad, Amy Holmes, Mutlu Civiroglu, and Ihsan Efrini. Hosted by Kurdish National Congres...

06/07/2020

Join Effendi Foundation for a webinar on how to be a good ally for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Register at: tinyurl.com/Kurds4BLM

KNCNA Official Statement on Rojava, the Syrian Opposition and the Turkish State:"To the Syrian Opposition, Turkish State...
05/18/2020
KNCNA Official Statement on Rojava, the Syrian Opposition and the Turkish State – Kurdish National Congress of North America

KNCNA Official Statement on Rojava, the Syrian Opposition and the Turkish State:

"To the Syrian Opposition, Turkish State, and the Rest of the Islamic World,

Over two years have passed since the occupation of Afrin. The Turkish occupier continues its cruelty through conducting prohibited methodology by erasing and removing Kurdish identity from the region. The Turkish military and Syrian coalition have been directing daily operations through their extremist Islamic militias. They have been pursuing demographic changes in Rojava (Western Kurdistan) through killing, kidnapping, arrests, displacement, property seizures, and many other forms of criminality against the Kurdish people of Rojava..."

For the rest of our official statement, please go to: http://kncna.net/blog/2020/05/17/kncna-official-statement-on-rojava-the-syrian-opposition-and-the-turkish-state/

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Kurdish National Congress of North America
05/11/2020

Kurdish National Congress of North America

Accommodation of Kurdish rights via autonomy arrangements has a long history as an idea but negotiating actual autonomy ...
04/10/2020
Approaches to Kurdish Autonomy in the Middle East

Accommodation of Kurdish rights via autonomy arrangements has a long history as an idea but negotiating actual autonomy agreements was often a fruitless task. However, the weakening of state power in Iraq since 1991 and in Syria since 2011 has created opportunities for Kurdish movements in these states to develop and consolidate their autonomous administrations. Consequently, in recent years, the debate on Kurdish autonomy in the Middle East has taken center stage in the regional political discourse

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Our former Director of Public Affairs has just a published a book about Britain and Afghanistan. A fascinating read. Get...
01/27/2017
Britain's War in Afghanistan: Was it worth it?: Exploring British intervention in an unconquerable place

Our former Director of Public Affairs has just a published a book about Britain and Afghanistan. A fascinating read. Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Britains-War-Afghanistan-intervention-unconquerable/dp/3659228303/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485522265&sr=8-1&keywords=Hawar+Shawki

As years have passed since British troops left Afghanistan, opinions have arisen regarding the British establishment’s effort in the war in Afghanistan being waste of time. So much blood and treasure had been spilt over this harsh and unforgiving land, which has now made the British public...

10/28/2016

Everyone excited about the KNC annual conference tomorrow in Michigan?

The Kurdish Dream and International Agendas | EastWest Institute
09/14/2016
The Kurdish Dream and International Agendas | EastWest Institute

The Kurdish Dream and International Agendas | EastWest Institute

Kawa Hassan, Director of EWI's Middle East and North Africa Program, appears on SkyNews Arabia's Friendly Fires to discuss the issue.  In the discussion, held on August 3 in London, Hassan shared his insight: All Kurds agree on one thing and principle: Kurds are entitled to statehood. This is a drea...

http://www.rand.org/blog/2016/05/partitioning-iraq-make-a-detailed-case-or-cease-and.html?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_me...
05/18/2016
Partitioning Iraq: Make a Detailed Case, or Cease and Desist | RAND

http://www.rand.org/blog/2016/05/partitioning-iraq-make-a-detailed-case-or-cease-and.html?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_medium=rand_social

The mostly non-Iraqi voices who want to divide the country into three ethno-sectarian cantonments—Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurd—owe the Iraqi people extensive, detailed clarification. If neither the Iraqi Arab polity nor Iraq's most powerful political factions seek three-way partition, then the case should...

03/20/2016

Happy Newroz to all! May you have a wonderful, prosperous and peaceful year!

Futile repression
01/22/2016
Futile repression

Futile repression

Turkey’s president must give up trying to crush the Kurds. Instead, he should reopen peace talks

Ask your British friends and family to sign this and make it happen!
12/29/2015
Petition: FREE KURDISTAN UK government to support Kurdish independence.

Ask your British friends and family to sign this and make it happen!

After the First World War, Kurds have been divided into four countries, which are Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. With a population of an estimated 35 million, Kurds are the largest ethnic group without their own nation! They genuinely deserve to have their own country and total independence.

10/14/2015

@KNCNorthAm: Will you support an independent sovereign nation for Kurdistan? #DemDebate

10/12/2015

Thank you to all those who attended KNC's 27th annual conference! We really appreciate your participation and we are glad you could be involved in this wonderful event! We can't wait to see you all next year!

27th Annual Conference of Kurdish National Congress of Norht America in Toronto, The Theme of the conference was: "Kurdi...
10/12/2015

27th Annual Conference of Kurdish National Congress of Norht America in Toronto, The Theme of the conference was: "Kurdish Unity in the Current and Emergent Threats"

دامەزرانی ٢٧ مین کۆنفرانسی ساڵانەی کۆنگرەی نەتەوەی کوردی باکوری ئەمریکا لە شاری تۆرنتۆی کەنەدا رۆژی ١٠/١٠/٢٠١٥
لەژێر ناوی یەکێێتی کوردان لە روی هەرەش و گوڕەشەی ئەمرۆ

عقد جلسة المٶتمر السنوي السابع والعشرین للمٶتمر الوطني الکردي فی شمال امریکا في مدینة تورنتو الکندیة بتاریخ ١٠/١٠/٢٠١٥
تحت شعار " الوحدة الکردیة في التهدیدات الحالیة و الناشئة

27th Annual Conference of Kurdish National Congress of Norht America in Toronto, The Theme of the conference was: "Kurdish Unity in the Current and Emergent Threats"

دامەزرانی ٢٧ مین کۆنفرانسی ساڵانەی کۆنگرەی نەتەوەی کوردی باکوری ئەمریکا لە شاری تۆرنتۆی کەنەدا رۆژی ١٠/١٠/٢٠١٥
لەژێر ناوی یەکێێتی کوردان لە روی هەرەش و گوڕەشەی ئەمرۆ

عقد جلسة المٶتمر السنوي السابع والعشرین للمٶتمر الوطني الکردي فی شمال امریکا في مدینة تورنتو الکندیة بتاریخ ١٠/١٠/٢٠١٥
تحت شعار " الوحدة الکردیة في التهدیدات الحالیة و الناشئة

Join us at the Novotel Hotel to enjoy the great Kurdish Concert on Saturday Evening October 10th from 7:30pm to 12:00am
10/07/2015

Join us at the Novotel Hotel to enjoy the great Kurdish Concert on Saturday Evening October 10th from 7:30pm to 12:00am

Please attend this great conference that will be hold in Toronto next weekend! Join great leaders with great thought and...
10/03/2015

Please attend this great conference that will be hold in Toronto next weekend! Join great leaders with great thought and support the only nation who fight on behalf of the world! May God Bless you and God Bless Kurdistan!!!

09/26/2015

In two weeks time, we'll be in Toronto! Are you excited???

Please make a voluntary donation at the eventbrite site to help raise funds to make Kurdish issues known to the North Am...
09/04/2015
"Kurdish Unity in the Face of Current and Emergent Threats" - KNC Annual Conference 2015

Please make a voluntary donation at the eventbrite site to help raise funds to make Kurdish issues known to the North American policy makers! We really appreciate your help on this! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kurdish-unity-in-the-face-of-current-and-emergent-threats-knc-annual-conference-2015-tickets-18297609643?aff=esli&utm_source=li&utm_medium=discovery&utm_content=attendeeshare&utm_campaign=social&utm_term=listing

As we all know, our beloved homeland Kurdistan is facing challenges, threats, and opportunities in epic proportions. It is necessary for all of us to mobilize our energy and leverage our position to reach out to the US and Canadian Policy makers and public to support the Kurdish nation. Towards this…

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Where are the members from? KNC has members from southern, northern, eastern, and western Kurdistan. Since one of KNC’s goals is to promote a United Free Kurdistan, active membership of Kurds from all parts of Kurdistan is encouraged. Who can become a KNC-NA member? Any person of Kurdish origin or Kurdish parents or parent (mother or father) or spouse of a Kurd is eligible for KNC membership provided that he/she is eighteen years or older. Active members have the right to participate in all KNC meetings and cast votes in elections. Anyone who has been a KNC member for at least a year can run for election to the board of directors

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Do you think it’s time Kurdistan and Iraq give up oil and gas and became the first Middle Eastern country to be fully green - solar and wind, electric cars, etc? My theory is 1. This would help climate change massively. 2. Create new jobs - manufacturing, sales, etc. 3. We will no longer need to deal with the politics of oil-producing. 4. Energy independent- one major less thing to worry about. 5. Lift people out of poverty by creating free energy and jobs! How do we do this? Thoughts 💭
Do you speak Kurmanji? We are working on a Language Research Project that requires the participation of Kurmanji speakers. We offer good compensations. To participate, please fill a short registration form at https://lnkd.in/egGMjXF. We will come back to you with more details. You can also write to us at: [email protected]