2012 Board Resolutions
2012 ADC Board Resolutions
1. Whereas the upcoming elections are pivotal and will have an impact on the community, ADC will continue to encourage the Arab American community to participate in the electoral process, and civic engagement at all times. ADC will also continue to protect the rights of all voters and reengage the Voter Protection Unit (VPU) and work with other minority groups to protect against voter disenfranchisement.
2. Whereas the role of ADC as advocate for the civil rights and civil liberties of Arab Americans and minorities continues to be a vital part of the fight for justice and equality for members of all; ADC resolves to continue providing pro bono legal services, engaging in media campaigns and expanding ADC`s chapters around the country.
3. Whereas over 25 years have passed since the terrorist attack on ADC‘s West Coast office and the assassination of its regional director, Alex Odeh; be it resolved that ADC will continue its efforts to compel our government to bring the perpetrators of this terrorist act to justice.
4. Whereas ADC has actively and tirelessly sought the termination of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) during the last decade, and whereas ADC welcomes the decision by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on April 28, 2011 to modify NSEERS; be it resolved that a) ADC will continue advocating for the granting of retroactive relief for those affected by NSEERS, and b) ADC will continue working tirelessly for NSEERS to be repealed in its entirety.
5. Whereas hateful anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant rhetoric is reaching an all-time high leading up to the 2012 Presidential elections; and whereas such rhetoric has had a devastating impact on the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities - felt through an increase in hate crimes, employment discrimination, and school bullying incidents; be it resolved that a) ADC will keep holding politicians accountable for any hateful rhetoric, and b) ADC will work with schools to ensure that anti-bullying policies are in place and implemented.
6. Whereas ADC will continue to work with all members of the Arab American community; be it resolved that a) ADC will continue striving for Arab American unity based on commonalities, b) ADC will work to strengthen coalition building between all members of the community; c) ADC will work towards promoting the rich diversity of all members` cultural heritage.
7. Whereas ADC has worked diligently over the last year with various groups to build lasting coalitions; whereas the importance of uniting with others to work towards common goals is especially relevant within the civil rights context as Arab Americans are facing the same struggles and issues that other groups have faced, and continue to face; whereas coalition building is the best way to strengthen ADC`s voice within the community at large; be it resolved that ADC will continue to work on dialogue and building coalitions with communities including, but not limited to, African Americans, women, Asian Americans, and various interfaith organizations.
8. Whereas employment discrimination has consistently been the primary issue of all requests for assistance ADC has received for the last several years; whereas the records of an elevated number of Arab American employment discrimination cases accord with the records of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), be it resolved that ADC will continue to focus its resources on employment discrimination cases through advocacy, support of litigation, collaboration with other legal experts and raising public awareness of employment discrimination issues.
9. Whereas ADC believes that Arab Americans must have an equal opportunity in the business spectrum and other minority owned be it resolved that a) ADC will continue work with the Department of Commerce to ensure that Arab American business owners are recognized as “minority business owners,”; b) ADC will work to organize and mobilize Arab American business owners and address their needs and ensure that their rights in the business sector are protected and c) ADC will continue its efforts to expand the minority designation to the community as a whole, including working towards a designation by the Census Bureau.
10. Whereas ADC has been an active member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Human Rights and instrumental in supporting post-September 11 related legislation, including the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA); whereas ADC has identified and reported numerous incidents of racial or ethnic profiling targeting the Arab-American community by law enforcement agencies; and whereas the present Administration has repeatedly maintained that it is against the use of racial profiling; be it resolved that ADC will continue working with coalition partners including the Rights Working Group, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) among others, to support the passage of ERPA during this Congressional session.
11. Whereas ADC has been at the forefront of organizations raising concerns about and challenging sweeping surveillance powers and broad authority to gather public records under the US PATRIOT Act through continuously filing for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); whereas ADC remains dedicated to hold the NYPD accountable after its repeated implementation of unlawful surveillance programs and tactics that have intruded on Arab Americans throughout New York and neighboring states; and whereas ADC will investigate domestic drones that are used to collect information for law enforcement officials without requirement of a court warrant and therefore violate the each American’s Fourth Amendment right; be it resolved that ADC will remain steadfast in its mission to stop the government from conducting unprovoked, unwarranted, and unconstitutional surveillance and spying on Arab American families throughout the United States.
12. Whereas ADC has been at the forefront of organizations raising concerns and challenging the sweeping surveillance powers and broad authority to gather public records under the USA PATRIOT Act; whereas ADC has called on Congress to terminate the sunset provisions that were due to expire; and whereas Congress moved to reauthorize these provisions for another year, be it resolved that a) ADC will be calling on Congress to amend the national security letter statute, b) ADC will advocate for the removal of the government’s authorization to collect information from libraries and booksellers that personally identify patrons or customers to be removed, and c) ADC will advocate that the “material support” provision of the PATRIOT Act be amended so that individuals or charities providing humanitarian assistance in good faith to people in conflict areas are not prosecuted..
13. Whereas ADC strongly supports comprehensive, realistic and balanced immigration reform to fix our nation‘s broken immigration system in a way that is respectful of the rule of law as well as the rights of immigrants and others living within the United States; whereas ADC believes that U.S. government immigration policies should promote citizenship and civic participation, reunite families, and bring immigrants out of the shadows; whereas ADC strongly supports a immigration policy that strengthens due process rights of immigrants, maintains restraints on the government detention powers and provides safe and legal alternatives for the many immigrants that arrive in this country each year to meet the needs of American employers; and whereas ADC opposes harsh enforcement-only immigration bills that are unrealistic and undermine immigrants rights through increased detention and deportation; be it resolved that a) ADC will continue to urge our government to adopt realistic, balanced and comprehensive immigration reform that creates safe and legal channels for immigrants to arrive in the country while providing new fair and just pathways to citizenship for immigrants already here, and b) that ADC will continue to strongly oppose, and will urge the government to oppose, the continued building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
14. Whereas ADC strongly believes that the illegal Israeli occupation of Arab territories has fomented ongoing unrest in the Middle East; and whereas U.S. interests in the Arab world would be better served if the United States were an objective and consistent supporter of the rule of law and international legitimacy; be it resolved that ADC calls on our government to use its considerable influence to require the Israeli government to dismantle the illegal settlements constructed on Palestinian land, to dismantle the Israeli Wall which was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice, and to withdraw immediately from all occupied Arab territories in compliance with international law and United Nations resolutions.
15. Whereas ADC has condemned all atrocities and acts of war committed by Israel against the Palestinian people especially in Gaza, which have caused thousands of casualties and untold destruction in infrastructure and means of livelihood of innocent civilians; whereas many such illegal acts have been committed by weapons provided to Israel by the U.S. Government causing further alienation against the U.S.; whereas the innocent civilians of Gaza continue to suffer from the illegal siege imposed upon them; and whereas ADC believes the U.S. blind support of Israel has encouraged Israel to further commit crimes of war and crimes against humanity; be it resolved that ADC calls upon the U. S. Government to end all military assistance to Israel pursuant to U.S. law as expressed in the U.S. Arms Export Controls Act, to take immediate measures to pressure Israel to end the suffering in Gaza by lifting the siege, to convene a high-level international conference to re-establish aid delivery and financial transactions in Gaza and rebuilding of educational institutions, and to join other members of the international community in supporting action by the UN Security Council to request an international inquiry into the murders committed by Israel in 2010 on the high seas on the boat carrying humanitarian relief to the victims of the illegal siege of Gaza.
16. Whereas ADC is committed to a just and lasting peace in the Middle East; and whereas any peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict requires the cessation and dismantlement of all settlements and an end to the collective punishment imposed on the Palestinian population as a result of Israeli occupation policies as well as respect for the exercise of democratic rights of Palestinians in electing their government, the creation of a viable and independent Palestinian state and the upholding of the right of return of the Palestinian refugees under international law; be it resolved that ADC will continue to advocate the rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination in an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.
17. Whereas the Palestinian people who have been forced out of their homes and villages by Israeli armed forces have the right of return recognized by international law and numerous UN resolutions; whereas the use of lethal force by Israeli armed forces against unarmed Palestinian civilians who have sought refuge in neighboring countries and are engaged in peaceful demonstrations to claim their right to return to their land is without any legal justification and whereas the US government has condemned the use of force by certain Arab rulers against peaceful demonstrators, be it resolved that ADC demands that the U.S. government refrain from a policy of double standard, recognize the right of return of the Palestinians and condemn the use of force against them by the Israeli armed forces.
18. Whereas the popular uprisings in number of Arab countries signify a historic quest for peoples living in these countries to secure protections for their civil rights and civil liberties and to establish true democracy and the rule of law in their political and legal infrastructures; whereas ADC believes in the futility of the resort to violence to achieve these objectives and condemns all efforts leading to sectarian or ethnic incitement and civil strife in any Arab country; and whereas this shift in Arab domestic politics will inevitably impact U.S. foreign policy in the relationship between these countries and the U.S.; be it resolved that ADC supports those working for a peaceful transition of the Arab World to a secular and democratic system, respecting the human rights, freedom of religion and dignity for all.