Our work this year has included:
AROC participated in the establishment of Coalition for a Safe San Francisco, which was a response to the comments made by San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon attacking members of the Yemeni and Afghan communities, as well as his statements in support of intelligence-gathering by the SFPD in cooperation with federal agencies. This coalition is currently organizing a hearing at the Human Rights Commission in September to address this issue as well as the issue of racial profiling of Arabs and Muslims.
AROC organized a contingent of 10 staff, members, youth members, and collective to attend the historic US Social Forum in Detroit Michigan! While there we convened two workshops, helped with several People’s Movement Assemblies, and helped coordinate a united Arab presence. Also in June 2010, AROC staff and members helped lead the campaign calling on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to put forward a resolution urging an end to the siege of Gaza, and condemning Israel for its violations of human rights and international law during its recent attack on the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian mission.
AROC has been involved in campaigns with other immigrant communities for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and against the dangerous new Police/ICE collaboration, “S-Comm”, recently implemented in San Francisco. We have continued to provide free immigration services to low and moderate-income community members, and now with a full time Arabic speaking attorney we have expanded our services to include all Bay Area residents by offering drop-in appointments on Tuesdays.
AYO! youth members wrote, distributed, and collected over 300 surveys on the topic of anti-Arab racism in local public high schools. This spring, AYO! members presented workshops at the Ethnic Studies Conference, Oceana High, John O’Connell High, and the US Social Forum.
Whether you are a community member, an ally, a friend, or a supporter, there are ways you can help.
- Make a one-time donation or become a monthly sustainer by credit card, CLICK HERE. All donations to AROC are tax-deductible.
- Give us a call, get involved!
- And, tell your friends about us! Spread the word about AROC, and help build support for us in the Bay Area Arab and other social justice communities.
Help us continue to build our strength. All our past successes in Bay Area Arab activism have in some way involved each of you; we look forward working together in this newest chapter of our work!
Together in struggle,
The AROC Organizing Collective and Staff