Monday, November 03, 2014

2014's Top Pro-Israel PAC Money Recipient in Congress is..

.. a Republican from Orange County and
Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee Ed Royce (of Fullerton) is the top recipient of pro-Israel PAC money in the House of Representatives' current races.

Perhaps that explains why his office hasn't yet scheduled a requested meeting with a group of peace activists in his district regarding the assault on Gaza.

Read the full report (by Washington Report on the Middle East Affairs) HERE

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Little Arabia District Brochures Distributed at Hundreds of Anaheim Hotels

Millions of tourists who come to the city of Anaheim from across the US and the world will now have the opportunity to be exposed to a hidden cultural destination in Anaheim known as Little Arabia District, which offers a wide variety of ethnic cuisine, entertainment, cafes, clothing stores and gift shops. The brochures are now available at more than 160 locations, mostly at hotels near Disneyland.


In addition to the brochures, the district’s businesses are also promoted online and through social media.

Earlier this year, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait referred to Little Arabia during his state of the city speech at the Anaheim convention center.

“We all know that Anaheim has some of the most authentic and diverse neighborhoods in the state. Our city is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the U.S. Take for example, Brookhurst Street, or as the locals refer to it, Little Arabia… Little Arabia gives visitors a different experience than a typical convention city.”

Little Arabia District launched its latest campaign at the Eid Festival in Downtown Anaheim in August 2014. Thousands of community members were initially exposed to the campaign at the two-day cultural event.


The brochure includes a map of Little Arabia and a list of businesses, restaurants, cafes and shops in the district. More information about the businesses can be found on www.LittleArabiaDistrict.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014

OC Democrats Adopt Gaza Resolution

Arab American Democrats of CA Commends DPOC Central Committee for Passing Resolution that Addresses Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

ORANGE, 9/22/14 -- The Arab American Democrats of California (AADCA) commends the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) for adopting a resolution that addresses the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and calls upon our Democratic congressional delegation to encourage President Obama to support the proposed two-state solution to the conflict.

The resolution, which passed unanimously during the DPOC Central Committee meeting on Monday, Sept. 22nd, also recognizes the right of both Israel and Palestine to exist.

"We commend the DPOC for adopting a resolution that addresses the humanitarian crisis in Gaza following Israel's most recent 50-day assault on the occupied Palestinian territory," said Rashad Al-Dabbagh, chair of AADCA.

"The final version of the resolution was a result of seven weeks of negotiations, multiple drafts and amendments among the authors and senior leadership of the Party. While this resolution wasn't perfect, it resembles a milestone and historical moment for Arab American Democrats. It is also a step forward towards recognizing the importance of working for peace and justice in Occupied Palestine and Israel. The adopted resolution reflects an inclusive Democratic Party that values unity through diversity."


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Anaheim Attorney Akram Abusharar Sues US Over Aid to Israel [KPFK interview]

The Gaza-born Anaheim-based Palestinian-American immigration attorney Akram Abusharar recently filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Abusharar's family lost their home in Gaza, which according to him was bombed by Israel during the recent assault known as Operation Protective Edge. 

He is suing the US government officials over financial support, which makes the US complicit in Israel's killing of his family members.

KPFK's Uprising Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar recently sat down with Abusharar for an interview.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LA City Council Panders to Pro-Israel Lobby

Whenever Israel launches a murmurous "operation" against Palestinians things get sillier than the silly campaign season for politicians and candidates. Most from both sides of the political aisle tend to trip over each other to pander to the pro-Israel Lobby. 

Here's the latest pandering attempt by a body that has nothing to do with foreign policy: the Los Angeles City Council is set to pass a resolution to support Israel's massacre of more than 2000 Palestinians in Gaza, parroting Israel's propaganda machine about the baseless claims that Hamas uses civilians as human shield. 

See the resolution here.  

A group of activists will gather on Friday at 8:15 AM outside City Hall on the main steps and will attend the City Council meeting and sign-up to make public comments.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Social Justice Award given to OC Arab American leader

Dr. Souhail Toubia of ADC received the Nagi Daifullah Social Justice Award at the Flag Day celebration in Orange County hosted by the 72nd Assembly Democratic Alliance.

The late Nagi Daifullah was a Yemeni-American Labor organizer with Cesar Chavez in Northern California. He was killed by a Kern County officer.

This annual award was introduced at last year's Flag Day celebration for the first time, which was given to Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui.




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ADC Apologizes for Sexual Harassment by Former Regional Director

In a letter sent to its members today, ADC President Samer Khalaf apologized to the women who were allegedly sexually harassed by former Regional Director in Michigan Imad Hammad.

As we prepare for the upcoming American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee National Convention, we recognize that lingering questions and concerns remain about the ADC’s handling of the sexual harassment allegations. 
The ADC recognizes the magnitude of the events that transpired and, most importantly, acknowledges the impact such actions had on the women who were hurt.  Those that came forward are to be commended for their strength, willingness to speak out, and for bringing this critical issue to the forefront of our consciousness. 
While we believe that, in the end, we came to the right decision, we acknowledge and are troubled that the process adopted caused hurt and undue stress upon our courageous sisters who came forward. Unintentionally, some of the steps of the process may have cast doubt on their narrative. We apologize to these women and to the community for the hurt and stress caused during the process.    
I want you to know that the ADC has taken – and continues to take – steps to directly respond to these events.  While the ADC has always prohibited sexual harassment and unwelcome conduct of any form, it has revised its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies to greatly expand the type of prohibited conduct and institute a “zero tolerance” policy.  Policies, however, are clearly not enough to prevent and deter sexual harassment and we are committed to eradicating it in practice as well.   
In addition to the foregoing, I am committing to you, in this letter and by our actions below, that this is only the first step and that the ADC will continue to work – in the short and long-term – through programming and educational programs to eradicate sexual harassment and similar unwelcome conduct.  
To that end, I have decided to open the convention with a community town hall.  The session will take place on Friday, June 13 at 9:00 A.M. and will be open to all members.  This meeting will provide you an opportunity to hear – directly from us – the steps taken to resolve the issue.  It is also an opportunity to hear directly from you on this important issue.  Also, on the afternoon of Friday, June 13, we will be hosting a session discussing the issue of sexual harassment within the Arab-American community.  As an ADC member and supporter, I ask you to join us in these very important conversations.    
I look forward to seeing you on June 12.  If you are unable to make it, please send your suggestions to me via email to president@adc.org.