Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services

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The Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services was launched in 1991 and "is a non-profit agency committed to advocating for and empowering individuals, families, and communities."[1]

The National Network for Arab American Communities is an institution of the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), along with other national Arab advocacy groups Center for Arab American Philanthropy and Arab American National Museum.[2]

About

The Center began operating out of a storefront in Dearborn’s south end in 1971. The group states on their website the reason the Center was launched:[3]

"The 1960s was an extremely volatile time both politically and socially, and this volatility deeply affected the Arab-American community. The burgeoning Dearborn Arab community was developing an identity, and it was in the midst of this that a small group of dedicated and concerned people came together determined to provide assistance for immigrants in any way they could. We saw the daily struggles many Arabs who immigrated to the United States faced—the linguistic, cultural, and social barriers—and we knew we had to do something. ACCESS was literally a labor of love; it was completely staffed by volunteers assisting those who had trouble with filling out applications in English, completing their tax forms, translation, and anything else they needed. In 1970, George Khoury (a current lifetime member of ACCESS’s Board of Directors) was elected our first board president."

Cultivating Kucinich

Bassam Khawam, a former executive director and current board member of the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS-Ohio), said that Tulsi Gabbard's 2017 trip to Syria wasn’t the first trip his Cleveland-based organization has coordinated for U.S. lawmakers to the Middle East. Founded in 1991 to serve the Arab American community in Ohio, AACCESS has organized three trips to the region for Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic congressman from Ohio, between 2006 and 2011; Khawam said the group did the same for Gabbard, a two-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, because of her expressed interest in the region.[4]

Personnel

As at Aug. 18, 2011, the following serve on the board of the Center:[5]

Executive Board

Board of Directors

Emeritus Board Members

Staff

As at Aug. 18, 2011, the following worked for the Center:[6]

External Links

References

  1. ACCESS: Mission & Vision (accessed on Aug. 18, 2011)
  2. https://www.accesscommunity.org/national-programs/national-network-arab-american-communities National Network for Arab American Communities accessed August 8 2018
  3. ACCESS: A Brief History (accessed on Aug. 18, 2011)
  4. [1]
  5. ACCESS: Board of Directors (accessed on Aug. 18, 2011)
  6. ACCESS 2010 Annual Report