1:30 pm Coffee and Conversation (PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME)
Under the auspices of Aida Mansoor, the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCC) was formed in the wake of 9/11 to answer questions and clear misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. Aida was quoted in Connecticut Magazine in December 2015 saying: “Sixty-two percent of Americans have never met a Muslim or identified Muslim. What you see in the media is not necessarily what a Muslim is like.” To help erase stereotypes and better educate the public, the MCC organizes public events to foster dialogue and has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and various religious organizations. “When you have a common goal and work with other faiths, it’s much more likely to have a positive outcome in terms of getting to know your neighbor and in terms of seeing the other as yourself,” Aida explains. Join us for an informative presentation!
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:15 am Meeting and Speaker (PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME)
Robert Fatherly Fly Girls of WWII: A PBS Documentary
At the height of World War II, more than 1,000 women left their homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime - to become the first female pilots to fly for the U.S. military. Eager to prove themselves, they faced danger and discrimination, and 38 gave their lives for their country. Robert Fatherly presents The Fly Girls of WWII, a PBS documentary drawing on archival footage of rarely seen home movies and interviews with pilots that tell the fascinating story of the women’s airfare service pilots (WASPs). Led by America’s most distinguished aviatrix, Jacqueline Cochran, these pioneers logged more than 60 million miles, ferrying planes throughout the U.S., test-piloting experimental aircraft, and training men to fly. Don’t miss this amazing story of skill, determination, and courage.