Dear AAAN Friends and Family,
This year has been momentous for our organization and our community. We marched in Washington for comprehensive immigration reform, and worked with our allies across Chicago and the country to educate our community about the DREAM Act. Our elementary school youth collected shoes for Haiti and began a weekly reading initiative through a new family literacy project. Another 50 high school youth were trained in community organizing and activism. And we sent 13 young people to the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit to learn about social movements across the country and world.
We collected petitions to convince the Department of Justice to revise the 2003 guidance on racial profiling, which currently includes dangerous loopholes that allow border patrols to still target people based on race, religion, and nationality. We helped hundreds of immigrants become citizens and learn English, and assisted close to 5,000 families in accessing safety-net social services. Our Arab Women’s Committee produced another two dozen stories as part of its Writing Project, and we held cultural and informational workshops around the city and suburbs, guiding institutions and individuals in understanding Arab history, culture, and heritage.
And of course, we just recently hosted the legendary Helen Thomas(see below), and honored AAAN co-founder Camilia Odeh, at our elegant 15th Anniversary Fundraiser.
At the same time, the ongoing attacks against our community have worsened. Several Chicago Arab and Palestinian activists have been subpoenaed by the FBI and U.S. Attorney to testify before a Grand Jury. These individuals are being targeted for speaking out against immoral U.S. policies abroad, especially in the Middle East. We need your help to continue our work strengthening and organizing the community to defend our civil rights and liberties.
For those who were not able to attend our fundraiser with Helen Thomas, here’s your chance to support the AAAN’s work. You can make a credit card donation, through Network for Good, of $50, $125, $250 or more. Or you can send a check to AAAN, 3148 West 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629. And even for those that were there, one more chance to make a tax deductible donation before year end!
Our community needs you now more than ever! Best wishes for the holidays and thank you for your support!