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  • Action Alert: Support AROC and Arabic Language Pathways in SF Schools!

    SIGN COMMUNITY LETTER OF SUPPORT [HERE]

    Over the last month, our small yet powerful grassroots Arab community organization has been the target of an attack by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). They have vilified us on media and to public officials, and have been attempting to intimidate our allies for supporting us. The attacks escalated when the Examiner printed this article.

    Who is JCRC?

    They are a well-financed group that furthers the interests of the apartheid state of Israel. Their objective is to challenge Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions work in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Wherever they see an organization successfully supporting the Palestinian struggle for liberation, they attack.

    Now, they are attacking both AROC and the opportunity for children in San Francisco to learn Arabic language and culture.

    JCRC is attempting to convince the San Francisco Board of Education to revote on a resolution that the board passed unanimously on May 26, listing AROC and the Vietnamese Youth Development Center as community partners who championed the campaign to implement Arabic and Vietnamese language pathways in SFUSD. This initiative, born of an inspiring community effort, would expand the opportunity of Arabs and Vietnamese to have their languages and cultures better represented in the schools they attend.

    What does JCRC really want?

    They want to discredit AROC because of our impactful work in support of Palestinian rights, and they want control of the Arabic pathway process so they can ensure there are no cultural elements to the curriculum that could “threaten” their conservative agenda.

    Don’t let JCRC undermine Arab culture in our city to advance their harmful agenda.

    Will you take two minutes to sign on to community support letter to urge the Board of Educations continued support of AROC and our role in developing the Arabic language pathway in SFUSD?

    The Board of Education is on break until August. By signing onto this letter you will help affirm that communities are in support of AROC and against the attempt of political interest groups like JCRC to undermine grassroots community efforts. By signing on you show that people of conscience are united against racism.

    MORE INFO

    SFUSD PRESS RELEASE ON ARABIC LANGUAGE PATHWAYS

    AROC Announcement and Photos of Arabic Language Pathways Victory

    JCRC Case Study: the Attack on Eastside Arts Alliance

    JCRC attack on Children’s Art Exhibit from Gaza

    IJAN report, the Business of Backlash: the Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movements for Justice

    VIDEO OF FULL SPEACH BY LARA KISWANI, ED OF AROC (MISPRESENTED BY JCRC)