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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee



The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), was founded in 1981 as an offspring of several groups of Arabs in the U.S., especially those who were born in America. Among the founders were former Senator James Abourezk, leftist attorney Abdeen Jabara, and reportedly James Zogby, the latter a founder of the pro-PLO support group, the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC).

ADC National Convention, April 13-16, 1989, Arlington, Virginia

The ADC scheduled it annual national convention for April 13-16, 1989, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia with a theme of "Breakthroughs, Achievements & Hopes" in a large program brochure, followed with an additional mailed brochure entitled "Final Program Updates: ADC National Convention". Much of these brochures are reproduced here, by folded page segments, in the order in which they appear.

"ADC: Breakthroughs Achievements & Hopes"

Next segmented page from the program

"In the spring, thousands of Arab-Americans from across the country will meet at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the ADC 1989 National Convention. Don't miss the political and social event of the year where you cans see old friends, make new ones, and attend informative and stimulating panels."

  • Convention Highlights:
  • - Thursday Lobbying Session on Capitol Hill
  • - Authors Forum
  • - Literature and Art Exhibits
  • - Arabic Music and Dancing
  • - Films
  • - Daycare for Children (pre pre-registration only)


  • CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND PANELS TO DATE:
  • Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi - Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Biz Zeit University and "Nightline in the Holy Land" panelist
  • George Ball - former Undersecretary of State for the Kennedy and Johnson Administration and author of "Error and Betrayal in Lebanon" and another forthcoming book about U.S. policy in the Middle East
  • Glenn Frankel - Washington Post Jerusalem correspondent
  • Gary Hart - 1984 and 1988 presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator
  • Ibrahim Souss - PLO Representative in Paris and author of "Lettre a un Ami Juif (Letter to a Jewish Friend)"

"LEBANON: AT THE CROSSROADS"


"IMAGE OF ARABS IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE"

  • William Gohlman - Professor of history at the State University of New York - Genesseo and former professor at the American University of Beirut
  • Jack Shaheen - Professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University and author of "The TV Arab"
  • Dan Georgakis - Editorial Board of CINEASTE magazine, author of "In Focus: Guide to Using Film" and media professor at Empire State University. (well known supporter of marxist fronts and causes)
  • Bob Staake - National-known editorial/political cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and many other magazines and periodicals

"MAKING YOUR CASE TO THE MEDIA"

"AUTHORS FORUM"

  • Consuelo Saah Baehr - author of "Daughters"
  • Greg Orfalea - Author of "The Capital of Solitude" and "Before the Flames: A Quest for the History of Arab-Americans"

"EYEWITNESS ISRAEL" A panel of members of ADC delegations to the occupied territories

"VOICES OF THE INTIFADA"

  • Salwa Najjab - Physician working with the Medical Relief Committee in the occupied territories
  • Jamal Nassar - Professor of political science at Illinois State University, 1988 Fulbright Scholar at Bir Zeit University, and Book Review Editor for "Arab Studies" (journal)
  • Lisa Taraki - Lecturer of sociology at Bir Zeit University preparing research work on the sociological effects of the "intifada" on the Palestinian people

And Many Other Exciting Speakers!

"OTHER PANEL TOPICS INCLUDE: "The 101st Congress" "Arab-American Youth" "Arab-American Contributions to America" "American Peacemakers" "Israeli and Jewish Voices"

(Next segment was "ADC Registration Form" ADC Convention Registratio 4201 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington DC 20008 (from previous segment: (202) 244-2990)


ADDITIONAL CONVENTION MAILING BROCHURE - Cover section and relevent additions to program "ADC: Final Program Updates ADC National Convention April 13-16, 1989"

"CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS" section

  • - Congressional meetings on Capitol Hill
  • - Authors Forum
  • - Literature and Art Exhibits
  • - Arabic Music and Dancing
  • - Daycare for Children (by pre-registration only)

Box: "Arabic music will be performed Friday & Saturday evenings by

"KEYNOTE SPEAKERS" Thursday Capitol Hill Dinner

  • Sen. James Jeffords (R-VT), member of the Labor and Human Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Rep. Joseph Kennedy Joseph Kennedy II (D-MA), member of the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Friday Luncheon

  • George Ball - Former Undersecretary of State for the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and author of "Error and Betrayal in Lebanon" and another forthcoming book about U.S. policy in the Middle East

Friday Dinner/Hafli

  • Dr. Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi - Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Bir Zeit University and "Nightline in the Holy Land" panelist
  • Ibrahim Souss - PLO Representative in Paris and author of "Lettre a un Ami Juif (Letter to a Jewish Friend)"

Saturday Luncheon

  • Gary Hart - 1984 and 1988 presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator

Saturday Banquet

Sunday Brunch

Three-column segments on the Schedule of Events and people involved "SCHEDULE OF EVENTS" - (program updates in red)

Thursday: Congressional Meetings 10:00-Noon - ADC orientation sessions to prepare for congressional meetings 12:00-6:00pm - Individual meetings with congressional leaders and their aides on Capitol Ill for those who notified the National Office 7:00 pm - Dinner on Capitol Hill with Sen. James Jeffords (R-VT) and Rep. Joseph Kennedy II (D-MA)

Friday: 10:00-11:45am - Panel: "The 101st Congress and the Question of Palestine"

12:00-1:45 pm - Luncheon with George Ball

2:00-3:45pm - Panel: "Image of Arabs in American Popular Culture"

2:00-3:45pm - Panel: "Israeli and Jewish Voices"

  • Norman Finkelstein - Contributor to "Blaming the Victims" by Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens and professor of political science at Brooklyn College
  • Seymour Melman - Professor Emeritus of engineering at Columbia University and author of numerous books on disarment and war economies
  • Abe Nathan - Owner of a radio station, "The Voice of Peace" broadcast from a ship in the Mediterrean
  • Mariam Mar'i - Palestinian/Israeli Activist, Lecturer at Haifa University and Director of the Early Childhood Development Center
  • Steven Cohen - Professor of Sociology at Queens College and an expert on the identity, family and politics of contemporary American Jews [KW: There are several "Steven Cohen" names of college professors who will show up when this name is blue-line linked to an existing page for a person of the same name. Care must be taken to distinguish who is exactly "who"].

4:00-5:45pm - Panel: "Growing Up Arab-American"

4:00-5:45pm - Panel: "Authors Forum"

7:00-1:00am - Dinner and Hafli with Dr. Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi and Ibrahim Souss

SATURDAY: 9:00-11:45am - Panel: "Lebanon: All the Crossroads"

"Includes screening of "Beirut: War Generation" with an appearance by producer Jean Chamoun

12:00-1:45pm - Luncheon with Gary Hart

2:00-3:45pm - Panel: "Arab-American Contributions to the U.S."

Other speakers to be announced

2:00-3:45pm - Panel: "Eyewitness Israel" A panel of members of ADC delegations to the occupied territories

  • Lance Schreffler - Retired educator, peace activist and member of the August Eyewitness Delegation
  • A. Bates Butler - Attorney and member of the special delegation to investigagte conditions at Ansar III prison
  • Hon. Danny Allison - Mayor of Palestine, Texas and member of the American Mayors Delegation to the occupied territories
  • Susan Akram - Attorney specializing in immigration and refugee law and member of the August Eyewitness Delegation

4:00-5:45pm - Panel: "American Voices on Current Issues"

4:00-5:45pm - Panel: "Making Your Case to the Media"

7:00-1:00am - Awards Banquet with Nabeel Shaath

SUNDAY: 9:30 - 11:30am - Panel: "Voice of the Intifada"

12:00-2:00pm - Brunch with Glenn Frankel

SPECIAL EVENTS: Friday: 12:00-1:00pm - Muslim Prayer Service with Iman Khattab Sunday: 8:30-9:30am - Church Service with Archbishop Khodr Time to be announced: Reception for Arab-American youth

(end of relevant information about the conference from this Updates brochure)

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper[1] War Times.

Endorsers of the project included the San Francisco Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

ADC Forum with Jasmine Taeb

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) October 12, 2016:

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Yasmine Taeb and Shelly Pitterman speak at the Refugee Forum with UNHCR and the State Department — with Yasmine Taeb at Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

Capitol vigil

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March 10, 2017, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organization, along with partner organizations, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Arab American Institute (AAI), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Desis Rising Upand Moving (DRUM), Indiaspora, MPowerChange, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), National Network For Arab American Communities (NNAAC), Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and Sikh Coalition joining with and Members of Congress, held a vigil on the steps of the Capitol to honor the victims of hate violence in South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Arab communities nationwide.

“At a time when South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Arab community members are facing hate violence and harassment on nearly a daily basis, we need real leadership from Washington to stem the tide of injustice,” stated Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “Waiting nearly a week before commenting on a deadly shooting in Kansas won’t do it. Issuing a second toxic Muslim Ban won’t do it. We need direct action from this administration to forge inclusion, justice, and hope in this quintessential nation of immigrants. SAALT will continue fighting for laws and policies that light a path toward a just and inclusive future for us all.”

Other speakers included Yolanda Rondon, Esq., Staff Attorney, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Amrita Bamrah, SALDEF, James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute, Robert S. McCaw, Director of Government Affairs Department, CAIR. [2]

Members of Congress who joined the vigil included Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA).

References

  1. WAR TIMES January 29, 2002
  2. [ http://saalt.org/saalt-partners-members-of-congress-hold-vigil-on-hate-violence/SAALT, Partners, Members of Congress Hold Vigil on Hate Violence, n March 10, 2017 by SAALT]