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Connecting with the Arab Community

“Min wein anti?“ “I – um, ana bidee…” “No, where are you from?” “Uh, Michigan? Er, I mean, like, the United States.” “No, no. Where are you from?” “Oh. Well, I’m third generation… so… my dad’s German and my mom
AROC is Hiring An Immigration Program Coordinator

AROC is Hiring An Immigration Program Coordinator

Legal and Outreach Coordinator (20-25 hours) Description: The Legal and Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for working with staff attorney to support case work, and administration of Arab American Legal Services (AALS), San Francisco’s first free immigration service for the
An Update on Our Immigration Services

An Update on Our Immigration Services

Posted April 19, 2012 / AROC

After 2 years of service, AROC’s Immigration Attorney, Nour Chammas, will be leaving the organization.  We are working to find another highly qualified Immigration Attorney to take this position.  We will be working with an interim attorney to ensure that

AROC is Hiring: Immigration Attorney

Posted March 8, 2012 / AROC

Description: The Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing free immigration legal services to primarily Arab and Muslim clients through Arab American Legal Services (AALS), San Francisco’s first free immigration service for the Arab community.  The Staff Attorney will also

Announcing Staff Changes at AROC

Posted January 31, 2012 / AROC

After five years of hard work and true dedication, our Program Director, Lily Haskell, will be leaving AROC in the late Summer (Sept 2012).  No words can truly express our appreciation for Lily’s dedication to the work, which has left

AROC is Hiring: Executive Director Job Description

Posted January 31, 2012 / AROC

Please help AROC find qualified candidates for this position. Spread the word to your networks! AROC is a membership based organization led by a Collective comprised of paid staff and volunteer members. Volunteer members of the Collective and AROC General
Aswat Youth: Arabic Music Classes

Aswat Youth: Arabic Music Classes

Aswat Youth introduces Arab and non-Arab children to Arab music and culture, helps bridge the gap between Arab cultural heritage and life in America, provides Arab musical training, and improves students’ aural skills.
Help AROC reach 99 Donations from the 99 Percent!

Help AROC reach 99 Donations from the 99 Percent!

Posted December 14, 2011 / AROC

This year started with a strong cry coming from the masses of Arab nations… “Ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam” “The People Want to Overturn the System.”  The cry rang out from Tunisia, to Egypt, around the world, reverberating on Wall Street
Occupiers or Gentrifyers?

Occupiers or Gentrifyers?

originally posted on http://www.poormagazine.org/node/4132 Author: tiny aka lisa gray-garcia and Larry W/PNN Poverty Skolaz “I used to be able to sleep there,”  One of my street-residing poverty scholar of color brothers, Larry W.  looked up at me with confused eyes

Rent 518 Valencia for Your Upcoming Event!

Posted August 17, 2011 / AROC

Dear 518/522 Valencia Community & Allies, After months of planning, construction, hard work and patience the new community space (in the same building where AROC is located) – 518 Valencia – is now available for use! 
AYO Summer Intensive Success!

AYO Summer Intensive Success!

Posted August 1, 2011 / AROC

Two weeks ago, AYO hosted a summer political education and leadership development intensive.  Students participated in workshops to learn about racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and other oppression. 
May Day and AROC Immigrant Rights Campaign

May Day and AROC Immigrant Rights Campaign

On May 1st, 2011, San Francisco marched for Immigrant Rights. May 1st is an internationally recognized day in solidarity with workers and immigrants, and the Arab, African, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian community came out strong with a bright

AROC is Hiring: Immigration Program Coordinator

Posted February 24, 2011 / AROC

Immigration Program Coordinator (20-25 hours) Description: The Immigration Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with staff attorney to support case work, and administration of Arab American Legal Services (AALS), San Francisco’s first free immigration service for the Arab community. 
Join the National Day of Action: January 25, 2011

Join the National Day of Action: January 25, 2011

Protest FBI and Grand Jury Repression! On September 24, the FBI raided seven Chicago and Minneapolis homes of anti-war and international solidarity activists, and 14 activists were subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury. All 14 refused to participate. In
Speaking out on Kashmir and Palestine in the US

Speaking out on Kashmir and Palestine in the US

Yasmin Qureshi, The Electronic Intifada, published 9 November 2010 The United States has become a battleground for both the struggles of the peoples of Palestine and Kashmir, for freedom from military occupation and for justice. Awareness amongst the US public

The Yemeni Toner Cartridge Bomb Story

By GARY LEUPP from Counterpunch Jeff Huber on Antiwar.com wrote Monday about the Yemeni toner cartridge bomb story:  “…if there’s a single substantiated syllable in that entire narrative, I have yet to encounter it in the New York Times. In

Civil unrest spreads in Western Sahara

FROM: http://thereader.es/  Monday, 08 November 2010 22:29 Laayoune is today a city in flames. The Sahara conflict, latent for years, has exploded. The people of the Saharawi, who have spent decades fighting for greater rights in their area, peacefully since

Israel jails Palestinian activist

An Israeli court has sentenced a prominent Palestinian activist to one year in prison for organising non-violent protests against the barrier that separates the West Bank, the occupied territory, from Israeli territory.
We Won’t Tolerate FBI Repression!

We Won’t Tolerate FBI Repression!

The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) condemns the FBI raids on the homes and offices of social justice activists early morning on September 24th and any continued action the FBI may be taking to investigate or interrogate others.  (Read
AROC Honors the Life and Legacy of Linda Sherif

AROC Honors the Life and Legacy of Linda Sherif

LINDA SHERIF: PRESENTE On the evening of August 29, 2010, the Bay Area Arab community lost the physical presence of an intelligent, passionate, and dedicated member of our community – Linda Sherif.   While we mourn Linda’s death, we want to
Support AROC’s Future, Donate Online Today!

Support AROC’s Future, Donate Online Today!

Dear AROC community, This has been a year of important accomplishments that has, with your help, put AROC at the forefront of the struggle to defend and protect our rights. Recent developments affecting our community—such as SF Police Chief Gascon’s
Join our staff at AROC!

Join our staff at AROC!

Job Announcement Organization:   Arab Resource and Organizing Center Position:  Membership Coordinator o    App. Deadline: August 15, 2010 o    Salary:       $15-17/hour depending on experience o    Position Hours: Part-time, 20-25 hours per week, some weekends and evenings. o    50% health insurance Position
Discrimination at Macy’s

Discrimination at Macy’s

One Person’s Story of Discrimination– Assert your Rights! Upon exiting the Macy’s store at Southland Mall in a hurry to meet her husband and two of their sleepy children, Samira and their three other kids were approached by security guards
AROC’s Summer Newsletter

AROC’s Summer Newsletter

The newest edition of our newsletter is out!  Download it here, or email lily (at) araborganizing.org to receive a paper copy. AYO! Sick and Tired of Learning about “Arabs as Terrorists”… and they’re not gonna take it anymore SF Flotilla
AROC now has a Full Time Immigration Attorney!

AROC now has a Full Time Immigration Attorney!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve hired a Full Time Attorney to work with our Arab American Legal Services program.  Nour Chammas comes to us with experience working in private practice as well as community based legal work.   He
Due process for SF youth!

Due process for SF youth!

For the past year, AROC has participated as an active member of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee (SFIRDC).  We’ve been fighting, along with over 30 other organizations, to curb youth deportations in the city of SF.  In 2008,
AROC hires a Membership Coordinator!

AROC hires a Membership Coordinator!

AROC would like to welcome Dina Omar to our staff.  Dina comes to us with years of activist and organizing experience within the Arab community in the Bay Area, and we are excited to have her join the AROC team.
AROC Launches Census Campaign!

AROC Launches Census Campaign!

April 1st of this year is officially “Census Day”, and in the days and weeks surrounding this date, households across the US will be filling out their Census forms to be counted in the countries population.  There are two central