ADC Regional Director Appointed to US Commission on Civil Rights

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee extends its congratulations to ADC Michigan Regional Director and Senior National Advisor Imad Hamad on his recent appointment to the Michigan Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) is part of the executive branch of the federal government that advises the President and U.S. Congress on civil rights matters. The Commission is composed of eight Commissioners: four appointed by the President and four by Congress and also has 51 State Advisory Committees (SAC) - one for each state and the District of Columbia. Each is composed of citizens familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions. Individual members of these committees are recommended by the regional director of their area, approved by the Staff Director, and voted upon at a regular meeting of the Commissioners.

“I look forward to working with the members of this prestigious Commission to help promote civil rights and civil liberties on a local and national level,” states Hamad. “During such challenging times, we must make every effort to engage in constructive dialogue with one another.”

ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora, who testified on wiretapping and the war on terror before the national USCCR in Washington, DC, this past March, said, "ADC is proud to see Mr. Hamad appointed on the Michigan Committee of the USCCR. Despite the many challenges we have seen in the past few years, Mr. Hamad's appointment is a major step in demonstrating ADC's success and our continued and active engagement with the Commission to the betterment of our community and our nation."

ADC is pleased to have maintained active engagement with the USCCR over the years and has testified, on several occasions, before the Commission. To read ADC‘s March 2007 public briefing before the USCCR on the issue of wiretapping in the war on terror, visit: adc.org/Doc/USCCR.doc.