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Advocacy Hits Capitol Hill May 29, 2008

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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is looking for a few good souls!

On June 13, 2008, the ADC is hoping for a good turnout for a day of what they refer to as ‘political empowerment and mobilization.’ The ADC will be hosting their annual national convention.

They have a day of political workshops. Another item on the menu will be lunches with Members of Congress and congressional staffers. All of this and fundraising for an Arab American political action committee.

The highlight of the conference itself will be a keynote address during their dinner on Fight night by one of the community’s favorite congressmen and former presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). Congressman Kucinich has consistently supported a just and balanced US foreign policy with the Middle East. His office remarked that they are excited that the congressman will be be taking part in showing his support of the ADC.

The June 13th events kick off at 11:00 A.M. with an overview and Q&A of Capitol Hill basics with ADC Government Relations staff at a briefing at the downtown Grand Hyatt Washington. Immediately following the briefing, participants will board buses for the ADC Capitol Hill Luncheon.

The luncheon is scheduled from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. in the historic Cannon Caucus Room on the third floor of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress will address their Arab American constituents. Senator John Sununu (R-NH) is the lone person on the senate side that has confirmed their attnedence. Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (D-MI); Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); and Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) on the House side have committed to attending. The ADC also expects congressional staff from key committees and offices to attend.

Following the luncheon, ADC members will fan out across Capitol Hill and lobby their Members of Congress and congressional staff. ADC members will discuss the foreign and domestic policy issues outlined in the ADC Capitol Hill Day Packet, but will also take the opportunity to elaborate on any policy issue most important to them as Arab Americans.

The ADC believes these meetings are critically important in illustrating to Members of Congress and their staff the political priorities of the Arab American community.

“It is the civic responsibility of all Americans to let their elected officials know how they feel about the votes cast and policy positions taken by their elected representatives in Washington,” the ADC said in a press release.

Many people find the alleged un-American and ill-advised legislation and administrative actions to target the Arab American community have made these visits more important than ever. Democrats and Republicans can expect a strong presence of Arab Americans on Capitol Hill.

The NAAA-ADC PAC (political action committee) will hold a fundraiser reception at the Grand Hyatt as part of the ADC National Convention. NOTE: Only ADC members are eligible to attend this reception that will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.

During the PAC reception, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will address members on the importance of political involvement through voting, volunteering on campaigns, and even contributing to parties, candidates, and PACs.

If you have questions on ADC’s Capitol Hill Day, email the ADC Legislative Director Christine Gleichert at christine@adc.org

Find your Washington representatives
http://capwiz.com/adc/dbq/officials/

Getting a meeting with a Member of Congress
http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2285

Preparing for your Meeting
http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2286

ITINERARY OF ADC CAPITOL HILL DAY: FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2008

11:00-11:30: Capitol Hill Orientation ADC Government Relations Staff will Review Capitol Hill Day Packet and Answer Questions About Capitol Hill Visits.

12:00: Buses depart hotel for Capitol Hill from 10th Street Entrance of Hotel

1:00-2:00: Capitol Hill Luncheon, Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building

2:00-5:00: Scheduled Constituent Meetings with Congressional Offices.

5:00 Buses Depart Capitol Hill from Maryland and 3rd Streets, S.E.

6:30-7:30: NAAA-ADC PAC Fundraiser: Keynote Speaker Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NB)

7:30-10:30: ADC Friday Evening Dinner, Keynote Speaker Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and performance by Chantal Chamandy

11:30-1:00 AM: Hafleh with music by DJ Bassam

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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.


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