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. 

As community-based human service, social justice and arts organizations and individuals, we are intimately involved in the resettlement efforts for refugees from across the world. Our role is to provide for those in need, especially displaced peoples, who are overwhelmingly underserved and disproportionately victims of violence.  These communities have long been embedded into the fabric of this country, and have contributed to the success of our nation in innumerable ways. Recent statements by national and state leaders regarding their refusal to accept Syrian refugees in specific states across the U.S. are disappointing and dangerous, and do not do justice to the millions of refugees and immigrants who have made this country their home. Placing blame on innocent individuals and families, who are themselves victims of the same terror and violence, goes against fundamental American values.

We call on individuals and organizations across the country to join us in elevating the voices of the refugee community. We urge you to ask your local, state and national elected leaders to halt their divisive rhetoric and actions that will ultimately negatively impact us all.


National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)

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ACCESS - Dearborn, Mich.

Arab Cultural and Community Center - San Francisco, Calif.

Arab American Family Services- Bridgeview, Ill.

Access California Services - Anaheim, Calif.

Arab American Community Development Corporation - Philadelphia, Penn.

The Arab American Heritage Council - Flint, Mich.

The Arab American Family Support Center - New York City

Arab American Action Network (AAAN) - Chicago, Ill.

Arab American Community Center of Florida - Orlando, Fl.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan

Alif Institute - Atlanta, Ga.

Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Welcoming Michigan - Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

National Urban Indian Coalition

Mike Rabie - Association Health Care Management (AHCM)

Omar Lattouf, Professor of Surgery - Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.)

Xerxes Patel - Houston, Texas

Arab American Community and Cultural Center - Houston, Texas

Michigan League for Public Policy

Michigan Muslim Community Council

Common Cause Michigan

Center for New Community

Michigan Voice

Mizna - St. Paul, Minn.

Somali Family Service of San Diego - San Diego, Calif.

Sugar Law Center - Detroit, Mich.

Progress Michigan

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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