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Statement by DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving The members of DRUM-Desis Rising Up & Moving express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the Sikh community after Sunday’s shootings in the Oak Creek Gurudwara
“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
“A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at least 110 Black women and men. These killings are definitely
(Image of DRUM in NY) Few organizations in the US are engaged in progressive political base building in Arab and South Asian communities. The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (SF), Arab American Action Network (Chicago), and Desis Rising Up and
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
The documentary play Aftermath, based off interviews of Iraqis who had fled Iraq as a result of the violence that had infiltrated their country, recently debuted in San Francisco and will be running from June 7-30 at Stagewerx theater. Originally
After years of hard work, AYO (Arab Youth Organization) has printed and released their 2012 report entitled: “TURATH: Teaching, Understanding, and Representing Arabs Throughout History”. The TURATH Report (1) documents the findings of a survey conducted among 350 high school
By Ali Issa, Originally Posted on Jadaliyya.com ~ Iraqi unions demonstrated yesterday on May Day 2012 at a difficult historical moment. Still operating without a labor law that sanctions their organizing, and under the consolidation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s
Tarik Kazaleh shores up individual identity in the guise of Palestinian activism. By Rachel Swan, East Bay Express Anyone who knows Tarik Kazaleh as the bartender and cocktail-menu conceiver at The Layover would have a hard time believing that he
March 18, 2012 Dear President Yudof, We are writing to express our concern about your response to the incident that took place at UC Davis on February 27th. We understand that Stand With Us (SWU) organized an event where students
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
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
A group of activists and feminists from the Bay, NY, Lebanon, and Egypt are working together to bring the performance of Bareed Mista3jil — a book of stories published by the queer feminist organization Meem in Lebanon — to the
(Mahfouz Abu Turk / APA images) The Electronic Intifada 13 February 2012 Today the systematic dispossession of the Palestinian people continues unabated and largely unchallenged by the United States and the European Union. Barriers to Palestinian mobility, social and political
We are a diverse group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and trans activists, academics, artists, and cultural workers from the United States who participated in a solidarity tour in the West Bank of Palestine and Israel from January 7-13, 2012.
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
(San Francisco, CA, 01/25/12) – Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation before the Board of Supervisors today that would prohibit members of the San Francisco Police Department working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) from collecting intelligence on San
Article posted by Mina Kim to KQED News Blog January 24, 2012, 5:30 pm San Francisco supervisors are considering legislation that will require local control and civilian oversight of terrorism investigations the San Francisco Police Department undertakes with the Federal
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.
By: Max Blumenthal, Originally posted on Al Akbar Published Friday, December 2, 2011 New York – In October, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The
We, in the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), stand steadfastly against the proposal for Palestinian statehood recognition based on 1967 borders that is to be presented to the United Nations this September by the Palestinian official leadership.
Imagine one day, you oversleep your alarm clock by a few hours. You wake up, and the world is a different place. You leave your house and your neighbors look at you with suspicion. You walk down the street and
Repost from MECA website For immediate Release: Sept 9, 2011 Berkeley, CA— The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA) has decided to cancel an exhibit of art by Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Children’s Alliance
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!
AROC is honored to sign on to the below statement coming directly from organizations and civil society in Gaza. Article 13 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states that: (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement
The Black Liberation Movement and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: Lessons and Applications for the Palestinian Liberation Movement
By Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions or BDS movement, launched in 2005 to uproot the zionist settler-colonial project and dismantle the Israeli apartheid state following the various setbacks to the Palestinian liberation
Why Is Carlos Montes Being Targeted By the FBI? And what does it have to do with immigrant Rights and International Solidarity?
UPCOMING EVENT! On May 17th, the SWAT Team of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and members of the FBI raided the home of Carlos Montes, a long time Chicano activist and leader of the famous student walkouts in East
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.
By:Rami El-Amine and Mostafa Henaway– www.leftturn.org July 7, 2011 No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the
About 75 people came to an Oakland, CA rally on June 16th to denounce the arrest of Carlos Montes in Los Angeles, and the subpoenas which are being resisted by 23 others in the midwest. A loud picket line at
From www.stopfbi.net Drop the Charges Against Carlos Montes, Stop the FBI Attack on the Chicano and Immigrant Rights Movement, and Stop FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW!Call Off the Expanding Grand Jury Witchhunt and FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists NOW!
Article reposted from Counter Punch, by Bill Quigley Since President Obama was inaugurated, there have been over two thousand six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US. Research shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside
This summer, the Arab Youth Organization is putting on a week a long intensive workshop that is dedicated to develop leadership skills in organizing, activism, speaking skills for Arab youth who are between the ages of 14-22. You will also
Secret FBI documents reveal attack on democratic rights of anti-war and international solidarity activists
Article reposted from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression Committee to Stop FBI Repression Statement (May 18, 2011) FBI agents, who raided the home of Mick Kelly and Linden Gawboy, took with them thousands of pages of documents and books,
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 27, 2011 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), along with the Arab American Institute (AAI), the National Immigration Forum (NIF) and the Rights Working Group (RWG), welcome
By Rina Palta, from http://informant.kalwnews.org Should Bay Area cities continue supplying local police officers to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force? That’s a question that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors took on Tuesday, and one that privacy groups
Originally posted: http://iraqleft.wordpress.com, by Ali Issa. On March 22nd, 5 Iraqi grassroots organizations announced an initiative that will target “the occupier and its agents”, that’s to say: US military bases and Iraq’s Maliki-led government.
Statement from the Palestinian Youth Network. The beginning of 2011 has become a milestone to a long anticipated and desired moment that has swept across the Arab world! Arab youth are revolting against their governments causing radical changes in the
By Robert Chlala on Jadaliyya.com If King’s parade of hysteria succeed in one aspect, it is bolstering an expansive political economy of security – from ever-burgeoning prisons to expanded capacities for police and specialized intelligence agencies to new disciplinary technologies.
U.S. Representative Submits Poster From Bay Area Workshop As An Exhibit The National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) stands with civil and human rights organizations across the country in denouncing the “radicalization” hearings Representative Peter King (R-NY) is
Last week, the SF Human Rights Commission passed a report based on testimonies of dozens of Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian community members and our allies. This report includes recommendations for the City and County of SF to
We are fortunate and excited to be able to hire for a half-time program coordinator for AYO’s work. Please help us find a good candidate for the following position by sharing this announcement.
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.
Reposted from Mashable, click on link to see youtube videos. http://mashable.com/2011/02/21/morocco-libya-youtube/ Today, our attention turns to North Africa, where protests staged yesterday in Morocco turned violent and fatal for some and unrest continues in beleaguered Libya.
re-posted from the Nation, by Laila Lalami | February 17, 2011 With the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, the Arab world has erupted in popular protests in favor of democracy and dignity. Morocco, long considered one
re-posted from Mondoweiss, by Maggie Sager on February 16, 2011 On February 16th, 2011 I attended a public forum entitled “Palestinian Queer Activists Talk Politics” in San Francisco’s Mission District. More than 20 groups including the National Center for Lesbian
[Reposted from www.arabawy.org] Since yesterday, and actually earlier, middle class activists have been urging Egyptians to suspend the protests and return to work, in the name of patriotism, singing some of the most ridiculous lullabies about “let’s build new Egypt,”
PROTEST: 5 February 2011 Facebook Page Protest and march to stand in solidarity with the people of Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries in the region as they struggle against repressive governments. When: Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 1 pm.
By Committee to Stop FBI Repression The anti-war and international solidarity activists who are being called before a grand jury in Chicago have learned that beginning a few months before the protests against the Republican National Convention in the 2008
Aminatou Haidar and Sahrawi activists Written by Stephen Zunes, on www.OpenDemocracy.net On November 8, Moroccan occupation forces attacked a tent city of as many as 12,000 Western Saharans just outside of Al Aioun, in the culminating act of a months-long
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
By Jonathan Cook, www.jkcook.net – 28 Oct 2010 Click here for details about the Berkeley event Israeli police injured two Arab legislators on Wedensay in violent clashes provoked by Jewish rightwing extremists staging a march through the northern Arab town
One Day before Grand Jury, organizations issue joint letter to US Attorney General Holder, FBI Director Mueller, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Fitzgerald MEDIA RELEASE: 10/18/2010 Just one day before community activists are expected to present subpoenaed
Dirksen Courthouse, Chicago Over 68 organizations, and dozens of public figures, including academics and elected officials, sent a jointly signed letter today to the FBI, Attorney General’s office, and US Attorney. They called for an end to the FBI raids
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.
Published on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by the Associated Press Anti-War Activists Whose Homes Were Raided To Refuse Orders To Testify by Michael Tarm CHICAGO – Anti-war activists whose homes or offices were raided as part of an FBI terrorism
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center acknowledges the increased visibility of Islamophobic violence, and the rise of all other racist and anti-immigrant hate speech and acts of aggression, as being inextricably linked to one another. We find ourselves in a
By ANTHONY DiMAGGIO (from CounterPunch) A substantial racist uproar is taking place in conservative America, particularly in right-wing radio and television. Reactionary pundits are drawing increased attention to plans to build an Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, near Ground
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
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
The beauty of the Forum is that each and every person had their own personal encounter with “it”, but we were also all in a collective space that emitted a productive sense of solidarity, unity, progressive voice and vision that
On Tuesday June 15th, the city of San Francisco was asked to unite with the global community by passing a resolution condemning the Israeli Defense Forces’ military attack on the Freedom Flotilla in international waters. This attack led to the
Dear Sisters and brothers: In a historic accomplishment, the leadership of the US Social Forum voted this morning to cancel a workshop proposed by “Stand With US”, a Zionist organization <http://www.standwithus.com/> that sought to represent Israel as a safe haven
On June 9th, 2010, San Francisco City Supervisors John Avalos and Sophie Maxwell introduced a historic resolution for human rights condemning Israel’s attack aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and calling for President Obama to work to end the siege on
On May 22nd, AROC celebrated the life and work of Malcolm X, as well as our dear comrade Javad Jahi, at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival. AROC staff and members delivered a statement alongside the Bay Area Campaign to End
And they’re not going to take it anymore! AYO is about to launch into a survey to find out more about racism in the local school systems and educational inequities in teaching (or not teaching) about Arabs. Through the surveys,
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
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 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.
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