NNAAC wraps up advantageous Arab American Advocacy Week in DC
Once again, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) has completed a successful Arab American Advocacy Week.
In the last week of March, grassroots and community Arab American leaders from across the country joined NNAAC in Washington, D.C. to collectively voice their concerns over a three-day series of activities and meetings with elected officials, representatives from federal agencies, White House officials and ally organizations.
This year, the 7th Annual Arab American Advocacy Week was rooted in the objectives of the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. The Campaign, led by NNAAC, strives to address bias and discrimination, particularly toward Arab and Muslim Americans, and stands against bigotry toward all people.
"Amazing work by @NNAAC and the entire #NNAACinDC team, so proud by your commitment to #takeonhate …” – Tweet by Serge Bakalian @dejarjayes
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Throughout the week’s more than 16 meetings with elected representatives at Capitol Hill, NNAAC and Arab American leaders pushed members of Congress to: 1) hold an official hearing on post 9/11 civil rights abuses against Arab American and Muslim communities, and 2) to support the creation of a National Hate Crimes task-force focusing on Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. These two crucial demands have been at the forefront of TAKE ON HATE’s agenda since its launch last year.
Among the numerous officials who were engaged during Advocacy Week, attendees met with newly appointed Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice Vanita Gupta and Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination Eric W. Treene. Arab American leaders also met with senior officials of the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council. Furthermore, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., publicly showed their support of the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE.
In addition to speaking with officials, advocates completed an all-day intensive media and spokesperson training facilitated by ReThink Media, networked at a sold-out event with the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) Washington DC and engaged in strategic meetings with NNAAC allies including the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, The Sikh Coalition, United We Dream and The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights.
"We look forward to all of the change and progress to come, thanks to the stepping-stones put in place at Advocacy Week, until it’s time to meet again in D.C. next year!" said Nadia Tonova, Executive Director of NNAAC.
The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, is a national consortium of independent Arab American community-based organizations. Its mission is the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations that understand, meet the needs and represent the concerns of Arab Americans at a local level while collectively addressing those issues at a national level.