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CMEAA congratulates Vice-Chair Susan Dabaja on her appointment to the Third Circuit Court

The Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs is thrilled to be celebrating Chaldean-American Month this April.

CMEAA joins Governor Whitmer, who proclaimed April as Chaldean-American month for the first time in Michigan’s history. Michigan has the highest concentration of Chaldeans/Assyrians/Syriacs living in the United States and as Governor Whitmer said in her proclamation, “are a community of rich tradition and culture who enrich Michigan's cultural tapestry and prosperity through their success in the arts, business, law, politics, education, medicine, architecture, and engineering.”

Chaldeans/Assyrians are Semitic peoples who also identify themselves as Syriacs; they are the indigenous peoples of Mesopotamia who have lived in the Middle East since ancient times, including in what is today Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. We Celebrate Chaldean-American Month in April to commemorate the Assyrian/Babylonian New Year, Akitu, a celebration of spring, rebirth, and renewal which often culminates in a celebration on April 1st. Also, April 24th marks the anniversary of Seyfo, or the Genocide that claimed the lives of a million Chaldeans/Assyrians/Syriacs, Armenians, and Greeks. And Lastly, the Chaldean Catholic Church, descendant from the Church of the East, commemorates All Martyrs & Confessors Day during the month of April, remembering the Church’s devoted priests, nuns, and laypeople.

CMEAA thanks Governor Whitmer for recognizing Chaldean-American Month. Also, CMEAA would like to recognize the efforts of Nathan Kalasho of Kalasho Empowerment of Young Scholars and Nadine Kalasho Khalil of CODE Legal Aid and Family Services, ensuring this proclamation was made.