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Elected officials to join national Arab American network, anti-hate campaign in support of Syrian, Iraqi refugees

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Public called on to contact local, state and national elected leaders to keep doors open to refugees

DEARBORN, Mich.—The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE invite you to a media conference regarding HR 4038, a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would effectively reject humanitarian efforts and close the door to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. 

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Brooklyn Arabs disagree with rhetoric on Syrian refugees

Arab American Association of New York, a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) member, was featured in an article by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

But the U.S. shouldn’t paint all Syrians with a broad brush, said Linda Sarsour, an Arab-American leader in Bay Ridge.

Sarsour, executive director of the nonprofit Arab-American Association of New York, has started a petition drive to call on the nation’s governors to stop their rhetoric.

“We demand these governors and other elected officials stop using their hatred and xenophobia to shut out Syrian refugees who are in dire need of normalcy and safety. We call on these governors to refrain from making decisions and engaging in rhetoric rooted in misinformation and fear,” Sarsour said in a statement.  

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Syrians in California feel backlash as refugees face new hurdles

Access California Services, a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) member, was featured in an article by The Orange County Register:

“They’re fleeing from war. They’re fleeing from air raids, ground artillery fire. It’s just been a constant for the last four years,” said Suhail Mulla, associate director of Access California Services, an Anaheim group that provides services for Arab Americans and other Muslim Americans. “People stay as long as they possibly can. That’s their home. Nobody wants to leave their home,” he added.

“But when the danger hits close, then people say, ‘That’s enough. We can’t do this anymore.’”

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Tell your governor to say yes to refugees

If your governor has remained silent and has not yet expressed support for Syrian refugees, call on him or her to publicly promise to welcome all refugees, including Syrians, by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have remained silent and their contact information at the bottom of this page.

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Tell your governor to reconsider decision and support refugees

If your governor has expressed opposition to Syrian refugees settling in your state, tell him or her that you are disappointed with this dangerous decision by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have said no and their contact information at the bottom of this page.

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Thank your governor for saying yes to refugees

If your governor has expressed support for Syrian refugees, thank him or her for promising to continue welcoming all refugees by sending a letter and tweet (see below) today. Find a list of governors who have said yes and their contact information at the bottom of this page. 

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Let your voice be heard: stand up for refugees!

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) calls on you to join us in elevating the voices of the refugee community. We urge you to contact your local, state and national elected leaders.

TELL YOUR SENATOR: Stand Up for Refugees and Reject Bill 4038

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TELL YOUR GOVERNOR: Stand Up for Refugees!

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Depending on your state, you can contact your governor about one of three things: thank them for their commitment to welcoming all refugees, demand that they reconsider their dangerous and disappointing refusal to accept Syrian refugees, or urge them to publicly declare their support of all refugees if they’ve remained silent.

Here is how you can take action: 

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NNAAC among 25 groups demanding elected leaders stand in support of refugees

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The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), its member organizations and the undersigned groups and individuals stand together in uniting our communities against hate and violence. We grieve for the victims of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad and across the world and wish peace for all. 

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Racial Profiling Disguised: Countering Violent Extremism Programs and Our Community’s Role [#ArabAmericanSummit]

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Are you familiar with CVE programs? CVE stands for "countering violent extremism" and the U.S. government has launched CVE programs as an anti-terrorism initiative. The program is aimed at preventing individuals from joining “violent extremist” groups, but in reality the program may be counterproductive by endangering civil rights. The Arab American Summit will feature a session on CVE programs so participants can understand the program and learn important advocacy steps to prevent some harmful effects.

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Women empowered through community organizing [#ArabAmericanSummit]

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Learn how to inspire, transform, and empower! This year’s Arab American Summit features a unique session that focuses on women and community organizing, bringing together diverse presenters to impart their experience so participants will leave with the tools and knowledge to create supportive and powerful spaces for women.

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