2012 ADC Convention Brings Arab Americans to Washington

Filmmaker Michael Moore, NAACP's Ben Jealous & White House Deputy National Security Advisor to Address the ADC National Convention

NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY AT 5:00 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST)

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | June 20, 2012 -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to officially announce its 2012 ADC National Convention from June 21-24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Throughout ADC's 32 years of service to the Arab American community, it has been our mission to help protect the civil rights Arab Americans, promote mutual understanding, and preserve our cultural heritage as Arab Americans. 

With an important upcoming presidential election only a few months away, the overall theme for this year's convention is 'Taking Charge, Moving Forward: Decision 2012' and will tackle many key sociopolitical issues facing our country today. At the national level, these past few years have been filled with anti-Arab political rhetoric, unwarranted surveillance of constitutionally-protected activities and negative stereotyping in our American media of the Arab American community. With 2012 being a presidential election year, it is important for Arab Americans to discuss issues of political importance at the ADC Convention in Washington, DC to help empower our community for generations to come. 

In addition to dozens of panels and keynote speeches, this year's ADC Convention features the following prominent personalities:

  • Benjamin Jealous, NAACP president
  • Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning director of 'Bowling for Columbine'
  • Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

See the complete speaker lineup

"We are honored to have the NAACP president, an Academy Award-winning director, and President Obama's deputy national security advisor addressing hundreds of Arab Americans at the annual ADC National Convention here in Washington," said Warren David, ADC president. "At a time when anti-Arab rhetoric is reaching alarming levels, it is quite important for our community to mobilize together in Washington, DC to discuss key political issues affecting our country today and bring together thousands of Arab American community activists together from around the country." 

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC fully supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form. ADC welcomes the participation and support of people of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.

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CONTACT: Alyaa El-Abbadi, 202-244-2990 or alyaa@adc.org