Arab Americans:Toward A National Agenda

 

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is happy to announce that it will be holding its 20th National Convention from June 12-15, 2003, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott located in Arlington, Virginia. The theme for this year's Convention is "Arab Americans: Toward A National Agenda."

For ADC and the community, this year's Convention will be particularly timely and relevant. The Convention will, as always, serve to be the largest annual gathering of Arab Americans and supporters to meet, organize, and plan activities.

The Convention provides participants with the opportunity to attend informative panel discussions, workshops, and speeches on civil rights, domestic and foreign policy issues, as well as other matters, supplying the attendees with the essential tools needed for empowerment.

Workshops for activists will include strategies for safeguarding civil rights, understanding immigration issues, organizing, and media relations, among others.

As with previous Conventions, the first day of the Convention (Thursday,June 12) will be dedicated to lobbying Congress. As this is our opportunity to show Congress the strength of our community, we strongly encourage all prospective attendees to register to vote immediately, if you are not already registered to vote.

Members of Congress regularly check voter registration logs to assess the voting status of their constituency. By registering to vote, your representative in Congress will know immediately that you are a potential voter in their district.

The importance of leveraging constituent pressure to hold members of Congress accountable to those who elect them should not be underestimated.

For information on registering to vote, see www.adc.org

Once you have registered to vote and registered for the ADC Convention (register online at: www.adc.org/convention03/web/adc01.htm), contact your members of Congress to set up an appointment to meet on Thursday, June 12 anytime between 12-5:30 p.m. When contacting your members of Congress to set up an appointment, invite them to attend the Dinner on Capitol Hill scheduled for later that night at 6-8:30 p.m.

At this time, confirmed guests include: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Senator John Sununu (R-NH), Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV), Edward Said, Mustafa Barghouti, Bishop Melvin Talbert, Father Drew Christiansen, Father Amjad Sabbara, Imam Yahya Hendi, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Jeanne Butterfield, Tom Shadyac, Diana Abu Jaber, Bruce Fein, and many other invited guests.

Additionally, all prospective Presidential candidates have been invited to an open forum scheduled to be held on June 13.

CONVENTION TIPS:

Save time and money by registering early:

www.adc.org/convention03/web/adc01.htm

Become an ADC member and save even more, as members are offered a discounted Convention rate:

www.adc.org/forms/membershipsecure.html

For Hotel reservations, you must contact the Hotel directly:

Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel

2003 Rates are $119/night

Call 1-800-228-9290 or (703) 920-3230 to reserve rooms.

ADC 20th National Convention

Arab Americans: Toward A National Agenda

June 12 - 15, 2003

www.adc.org/convention03/web/adc01.htm