(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 Moving (DRUM) are working to develop grassroots leadership towards winning material social justice changes in our communities! HELP US MEET UP IN NEW YORK TO COORDINATE OUR EFFORTS! Donate now!
Make a donation today to help build collaboration between locally based grassroots community organizations:
- $500 is airfare for one participant
- $200 is a hotel room for one night
- $50 will help us provide a meal for participants
- $10 — every little bit helps!
AROC, DRUM, and AAAN have been working in each of our cities to push back against increased law enforcement surveillance and harassment, building a strong movement against Police-FBI-ICE collaborations like the Joint Terrorism Task Force and S-Comm.
For the first time ever, the leadership of our organizations will get together in July of 2012 to build joint strategy, share lessons learned, and train each other to replicate successful campaigns.
We need your help to make this happen!
Check out what our organizations have done recently… imagine what we could build together!
Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) continues to organize for immigrant rights and against police abuse!
DRUM recently helped organize a February 2012 rally against New York police and their unfair surveillance of thousands of Shia Muslims solely based on their religious affiliation.
Arab American Action Network (AAAN) stands up to defend Palestine and anti-war activists targeted by the FBI! AAAN helped defend Carlos Montes against a politically motivated attack by the FBI, building a movement against political repression in the Arab community.
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) successfully organized our adult members and clients to support passage of the Safe San Francisco Civil Rights Ordinance!
And with our youth members, AROC advanced our youth campaign by releasing a report entitled: “TURATH: Teaching, Understanding, and Representing Arabs Throughout History”. The report lays out findings based off a survey of high school students on their knowledge about Arab history and culture, access to Arab literature, racism towards Arabs and Muslims in schools and text books, and a feeling among Arab students that their culture is “irrelevant”.
We need to work together to strengthen our efforts in our communities, sharing skills and political assessment. Help us get there. Contribute online (select “AMEMSA Organizing Exchange” under Program Designation)