PCHR helped host a delegation of Iraqi visitors traveling the United States as part of a broader interfaith dialogue, spending time in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to New York to continue their tour. Commissioners Saadiq Jabbar Garner and Marshall Freeman engaged the group during activities in City Hall on Wednesday while PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau and Deputy Director Randy Duque helped the group understand the mission and interworkings of PCHR during a Thursday visit.
Commissioner Saadiq Jabbar Garner offers greetings and opening words — in Arabic and English — in City Hall’s Conversation Hall to an Iraqi delegation via the International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia.
Commissioner Saadiq Jabbar Garner listens intently to the perspective of Rev. Msgr. Michael Carroll during an interfaith dialogue with an Iraqi delegation in Philadelphia.
Commissioner Saadiq Jabbar Garner, subbing for Mayor Michael A. Nutter, offers Imam Barzan Barn Rashid a commemorative gift on behalf of the city – a replica Liberty Bell.
Imam Barzan Barn Rashid (l.) discusses fundraising efforts for widows, orphans and others displaced in post-war Iraq during a visit to PCHR.
PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau (r.) shares a laugh with Iraqi magazine editor Abbas Radhi Al’A’amiri — no translation necessary.