عملنا يتزايد ونحن بحاجة الى دعم مجتمعنا

عملنا يتزايد ونحن بحاجة الى دعم مجتمعنا، كل الشكر لكرمكم الذي جعل عملنا هذا ممكناً

مما لا شك فيه بأن هذه السنة تخللها العديد من الصعوبات، لكن في الوقت ذاته كانت ايضاً سنة مفعمة بالنشاطات مليئة بالانتصارات لكل الناس التى تناضل من اجل العدالة بالعالم. مع كل الصعوبات التى واجهتنا سواء كمركز او كمجتمع، نحن نعتقد بأننا من خلال عملنا سوياً حقننا ما كنا نسعى لتحقيقه.

نرجو منك مشاهدة هذا الفيديو الذي يسلط الضوء على عملنا والنشاطات التى قمنا بها في المركز العربي للمصادر والتنظيم عام 2015

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نتطلع للعمل في السنة القادمة ونحن ملتزمين بالاستمرار في تراكم هذه الانجازات، وهذه الانجازات لن تتحقق بدون المساهمات المستمرة من ابناء مجتمعنا.

لقد قمنا بنجاح بتمرير القرار المتعلق بمسارات اللغة العربية في مدارس سان فرانسيسكو ونتطلع قدماً بالمضي مع مجتمعنا حتى يصبح مشروع اللغة العربية واقعاً. اما على مستوى عمل الفريق لقد قمنا بتوظيف موظفين اثنين يعملان بدوام كامل من اجل الحفاظ على زيادة قدرتنا على العمل، والمضي بعملنا قدماً نحو الأمام.

نهدف من خلال دعمكم للوصول الى مبلغ 65000 دولار .

اذا كنت ترغب بدعمنا :

- من الممكن ان تكون الممول الشهري عند مساهمتك ب 20 او 50 او 100 دولار شهرياً.

- من الممكن ان تتبرع لمرة واحدة.

- من الممكن ان تنظم حملة لجمع التبرعات لدعم المركز.

عملنا يتزايد ونحن بحاجة الى دعم محتمعنا، كل الشكر لكرمكم الذي جعل عملنا هذا ممكناً

2015 in review: Our Community in Action

2015: Our work speaks for itself.
Our community stands together.

2015 has been a difficult yet powerful year for us alongside people all across the world struggling for justice. At the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) we feel grateful to stand with a community determined to see through struggle. We have come together in the most difficult of times and challenged repression, racism, and war. We have joined forces with our allies, and demonstrated our strength and resilience. And we have achieved victories.

Rather than list out the accomplishments of AROC, we want to share a slideshow with you of the work we have done together–with you, with your families, and communities.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video. And if you so feel compelled, and we hope you do, consider donating. We need your support this year more than ever.

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We are committed to building on our victories, none of which are possible without your consistent contribution. From passing and defending a resolution for Arabic pathways in SF public schools, to hiring two new full time staff to carry our work forward, we are excited for 2016.

Our goal is to raise $65,000 with your support. And we trust we can do it.

Will you support us?

  • Become a monthly sustainer. Contribute $20, $50, $100 a month.
  • Make a one time donation. Every dollar counts.
  • Organize a fundraiser to support AROC.
  • Please consider increasing your gift this year. AROC is growing, our work is growing, and we need our community support to grow with us.

Thank you for making our work possible.

Lara Kiswani
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support AROC Today!

Dear AROC Community,

We have stopped the largest Israeli shipping line from coming to California indefinitely.
We blocked the boat.

We challenged state violence and stopped local and federal law enforcement from coming to Oakland to work with international security forces, including Israel, to further police and militarize our communities.
We kicked Urban Shield out of Oakland.

We defended our community members against deportation, detention, and FBI harassment. After being imprisoned for ten years, faced with deportation to apartheid Israel where he was previously tortured and imprisoned, we got our client released from detention and back with his community in the Bay Area.
We empowered our community.

 

AROC’s leadership in organizing the Bay Area Arab community is unique.  

We are the only Arabic speaking organization providing free-of-charge legal services (AALS: Arab American Legal Services) while fighting for immigrant rights, challenging war and militarism, Zionism, and racism. We are the only organization that has an Arab youth-led committee (AYO: Arab Youth Organizing), and an Arab queer immigrant-led committee (QueerOC). We organize our youth and adults to develop new leaders that can represent our cause, with our voice and our vision for the world alongside other impacted communities fighting for justice.

LET’S BUILD POWER. YOUR SUPPORT WILL:

  • Continue the fight and empower our youth, our families, our communities to honor the struggles of our freedom fighters.
  • Help stop FBI harassment, surveillance and state repression.
  • Ensure that we free our beloved Rasmea Odeh.
  • Show the world that Zionism and Israeli apartheid aren’t welcome in our towns by making the Bay Area a model for the BDS movement.
  • Provide free legal services to community members facing deportation, FBI targeting and forced migration from their homelands.
  • We need your help to grow and sustain these kinds of wins and a liberated vision for our people.

Can you help AROC raise $50,000 to grow our staff and be able to meet the demands of our community?

We need to hire a full time community organizer to carry our campaign work forward, to build our membership base and develop our programs. And we need your support to make that happen. Your support will enable us to do the political work we all believe is necessary. We cannot depend so heavily on foundations for funding. Because our work is rooted in our community, we know that we cannot depend on anyone but the community we serve. Our work necessitates grassroots support so that we can truly realize the self-determination we fight for.

Please support AROC today by giving in any of the following ways:

  • Donate  $5,000, $500, or $100. Give so that we can have the capacity to do the work needed.
  • Become a monthly sustainer. Contribute $50, $20 or $10 a month to sustain AROC’s programming.
  • Organize a fundraiser, house party, or creative action to raise funds for Arab organizing.
  • Connect us with potential donors. Do you know of someone who can give, who supports our struggles for liberation and supports community organizing?  Help us broaden our base of support.
  • Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to support AROC.
  • Get involved and be a part of our community.

Sincerely,

Lara Kiswani, Executive Director

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Fundraiser for Rasmea: Friday at 7pm

FREE RASMEA

Art by Nidal El Khairy

Join AROC, the Pelican 2 Palestine Network & USPCN on Friday for an evening of music, food and conversation to support Rasmea Odeh.
Please spread the word.
Order tickets online:
http://pelican2palestine.eventbrite.com/

Occupation, Repression, and Strategies of Resistance from the US to Palestine: A Night of Music, Food, and Conversation to Support the Case of Rasmea Odeh

Friday, November 14th

7pm
Oakstop
1721 Broadway, Oakland 
Accessible by elevator and Bart

$10-20 donation
Funds raised will support the defense of Rasmea Odeh

#FreeRasmeaNow

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Featuring from Palestine:
Sahar Francis, Deputy Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Presentations by:

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Critical Resistance

AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center 

Catering by Reem’s: Arab street food with California love
Arabic music by Wael Buhaissy and Fatima Lahlou

This is a crucial time to come to Rasmea’s defense.

In a travesty of justice, Rasmea Odeh today was found guilty of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. For over a year, Rasmea, her supporters, and her legal team have been battling this unjust government prosecution, saying from the start that the immigration charge was nothing but a pretext to attack this icon of the Palestine liberation movement.

Odeh is the founder of the Arab Women’s Committee in Chicago, a grassroots collective that offers an environment that promotes leadership among Arab immigrant women. The US government has accused her of omitting an answer on her citizenship application 10 years ago. Odeh, who was sexually tortured into a false confession by Israel and served a decade in Israeli prisons, faces revocation of her citizenship, imprisonment, and deportation.

For over a year, the Rasmea Defense Committee has been organizing educational events, rallies, protests, and call-in days to demand that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and Tukel drop the charges against her. We now have more work ahead of us. Rasmea’s brilliant legal team-Deutsch, Jim Fennerty, Bill Goodman, and Dennis Cunningham-will file an appeal, and have strong grounds to do so, based on Judge Drain’s unjust decisions. And we will continue to support their work with our political organizing and mobilizations.

Just like our people in Palestine and across the world will never rest until every inch of historical Palestine is free, we will never rest in our defense and support of Rasmea as she moves forward to challenge this conviction.

Rasmea’s story is the story of millions of Palestinians, and of millions of freedom-loving defenders of justice everywhere. Her eventual victory will be a victory for Palestine and for all the people’s movements across the world.

In the words of a letter of protest by more than 100 feminist scholars:

Rasmea’s story encompasses some of the most urgent feminist struggles of our times-violence against women and the use of sexual violence as a tool of colonization and war; the impact of racism and anti-immigrant policies upon women; the criminalization of women of color; and the use of intimidation to thwart feminist activism.

info@araborganizing.org | 415.861.7444

For everything you need to know about Rasmea’s trial in Detroit:

http://www.stopfbi.net/2014/11/1/everything-you-need-know-about-rasmeas-trial-detroit

Sign the petition demanding the US government drop the charges against Rasmea:

http://www.stopfbi.net/sign-petition-rasmea-odeh

info@araborganizing.org | 415.861.7444

Donations Urgently Needed to Stop Israeli Shipment to the Bay Area!

Stop Israel at the Port!
Zionism isn’t welcome in our town!

On Saturday August 16th, people of conscience will gather to stop an Israeli shipment to the Port of Oakland. The Bay Area says no to Israeli Apartheid.

Your donations are needed to make this historic action possible. We need to raise $2000 in the next week.

Donate now towards the cost of informational materials, portable toilets, water, banners, shuttle transportation, safety equipment, and more.

DONATE HERE and where it says “I want my donation to be designated toward:” be sure to select “Port Action 2014″

More information on the action here.

Funds for Falasteen: Community Iftar

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Arab Youth Organizing presents:

Funds for Falasteen: Community Iftar

#Youth4Palestine   #SF2Palestine

Wednesday, July 23rd

7:30pm

Arabian Nights 

2345 Mission St, SF
At this community iftar 20% of
 all proceeds made will be donated to MECA-Middle East Children’s Alliance, and to the legal support of a freedom fighter that needs our help, Rasmea Odeh.

We encourage everyone to come together as a community and to help out with raising money for our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

As space is limited we ask that everyone would RSVP a ticket for their party. This could be done at:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/funds-for-palestine-tickets-12313354575

info@araborganizing.org

Gaza Emergency Relief Effort

FROM the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)

Dear Friends,

I’m writing you now from Gaza City where I have had just four hours of electricity in four days! As you know, the Israeli military prevents fuel from entering Gaza for power, heat, transportation, etc.

I’m using this precious opportunity to reach out to you for help because the situation here is so desperate.

You may have seen the news that we are havingdrenching rains and freezing hail.  This cruel weather, combined with the horrible conditions of the seven-year Israeli blockade has created an overwhelming disaster here.  For everyone.  But especially for people in the poorest communities and in refugee camps.

Ten of thousands of people have lost their homes and all their belongings. Thousands more are huddling in buildings with broken windows and leaking roofs. Whole neighborhoods are underwater. Streams of sewage run through city streets, spreading disease. As I walk thorough the refugee camps I see books, clothes and furniture floating by.

But as usual the people of Gaza are coming together. They are sharing the little they have, transporting their neighbors to safety, opening up their homes and hearts.

It makes me so proud to see this “internal solidarity.”  And I’m grateful that many people now sheltered in school buildings at least have clean water from the units MECA installed.

But I know you understand that what we can do by ourselves in Gaza is not nearly enough.

We need your help, once again.

So far MECA has made it possible for me to go out day and night going from shops to neighborhoods to refugee camps shelters in schools to deliver basic necessities to families.

I am already buying and distributing plastic sheets to cover roofs and windows, powdered milk for children, blankets, socks, pajamas and jackets.

There is so much more we can and must do in this crisis.

Please, I’m asking you, once again, to send a donation to MECA now.

MECA will immediately wire the money you give, along with that of hundreds of others, I hope. So that I can continue to help families in Gaza survive this disaster.

From Gaza with love.
Mona

P.S. Right now, we are desperate to meet people’s immediate needs for warmth and shelter.  But soon we will begin to see a health crisis from the freezing temperatures and the exposure to sewage.  Please, send the most generous contribution you can now. Thank you.

Photo: A member of the Palestinian civil defense paddles a boat as he evacuates a man and his children after their house was flooded with rainwater on a stormy day in the northern Gaza Strip December 14, 2013.
(Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

 

Solidarity with the Haiyan Survivors

NAFCON is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.  To support the Haiyan survivors, we encourage friends and allies to send donations to NAFCON.  See below for details.

 

As we close off 2013, we wish you all the best of the holiday season.  As we gather with family and friends, I hope we can also remember our Filipino sisters and brothers in the Philippines who are in dire need of our support and solidarity.  We know the devastation in the Philippines hits home to many of our Filipino members, co-workers, and friends.

Please join us in making a tax-deductable donation to help provide relief and support to the survivors of Super-typhoon Haiyan as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, there continues to be a significant need for relief and rehabilitation in Leyte, Panay, and other islands. The death toll has risen to over 6,000 people and 4 million Filipinos remain displaced. Tacloban City and hundreds more towns and rural areas in the Philippines have been devastated, destroying infrastructure that delivers basic services like water and sanitation, and leaving entire communities to struggle for survival.

It will take years to recover from this disaster and as news coverage wanes and international emergency efforts scale back their missions,the Filipino Community Center, NAFCON, and Taskforce Haiyan is committed to continue the people-to-people efforts needed for sustainable recovery.

In the last week of November, their community-based partners in the Philippines,  including unions and workers organizations reached over 29,000 families in Samar, Leyte and other typhoon affected provinces delivering relief packs of food and water, administering medical care, and providing power.

This week, caravans of volunteers from the north and south are returning for the holidays.   Another team from southern Mindanao is currently on their way to eastern Visayas to deliver 5,000 relief packs to serve approximately 25,000 people. More relief operations are also set to leave in the coming weeks.Please support their efforts by donating now and joining a relief mission in the new year.