What greater way than through song to let the children of Syria know we stand with them and to share their difficult story with the rest of us.
The violence against civilians in the northwestern province of Idlib shows no signs of stopping. The most vulnerable population at risk in Idlib are the children who live under constant fear of the bombing campaign by Russian- and Iranian- backed Syrian regime forces. One child has been killed per day, on average, over the last year in Idlib.
Our very own chair of missions and singer-songwriter, Dylan Connor sheds light on Idlib’s children in his latest song “If Only You’d Listen,” a song of hope born from the tragedy in Idlib. Dylan was inspired by a photograph from Idlib of a father reaching out for his children who were dangling off the edge of their house after it had been bombed from the air. It is a haunting appeal, written from the point of view of a child to the international community, to listen to their plight and to open their hearts to the children of Syria.
Watch and share the video below, using the hashtags #IdlibUnderFire #WhatIdlibTaughtMe and #EyesOnIdlib.
Follow Dylan on the song’s website, and heed his call by taking action today for Idlib.
Contact your members of Congress today and ask that they lend their voices by urgently calling on the U.S. to work with the international community to do the following:
- Sanction Russia for its atrocities in Syria;
- Demand the administration work with international community to stop the bombing against Syrian civilians by Russia and Assad;
- Provide cross-border aid without consent of the Assad regime.
Today, we are standing on the right side of history.
It is with profound gratitude that I announce The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (H.R. 31/S. 52) has been signed into law by President Trump as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With President Trump’s signature, this bipartisan legislation sends a clear message to Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies that they will be held accountable for the atrocities committed against the Syrian people. For Syrians and Syrian Americans, this landmark legislation represents a moral stand on behalf of the United States. It would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of you, the members of our community.Read more
Please save the date and plan to join us in Washington, D.C., as we commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, from March 12-14, 2020.
Once again, Syrian American organizations will come together in the nation’s capital to present a three-day event, including an advocacy day on The Hill, community and think tank panels, and an evening gala to celebrate the Syrian-American community and its allies.
Please mark your calendars now! More details to follow.
By now you know that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians was extended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for 18 months. This was no doubt in response to the advocacy by Syrian American organizations and the Syrian American community.
One personal story successfully highlights the impact of the advocacy done on behalf of Syrian TPS holders.Read more
On Thursday, August 1, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to nearly 7,000 Syrians living in the United States. While this was a hard fought victory by the Syrian American Council, our partner organizations and community, that makes it even sweeter.
In partnership with Americans for a Free Syria, the Syrian American Council placed an ad on Fox News, speaking directly to Donald Trump. Please take a moment to watch it now.
We would not have been able to do this without the incredible support from our board and community. Thank you to all who donated to make this possible.
Please donate today to help the Syrian American Council keep the ad on the air, and to continue our advocacy efforts, including those directly reaching the administration.
1,000 Funerals in the City of Flowers
Syrian-American community mourns the passing of Yahya Shurbaji, Muhammad Shurbaji, along with countless other peaceful protesters
Our community is in mourning over the many peaceful activists imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the Assad regime and its allies. Throughout last week, Syrians have watched with great sorrow as news has poured in of the deaths of detained Free Syria activists. Sunday night, an even larger list of martyrs was released.Read more
American Forum on Syria Policy 2017
You’re invited to attend the first-ever annual American Forum on Syria Policy, a two-day conference to discuss, strategize, and prioritize Syrian American resources for a free and democratic Syria and meet policy makers.
Thursday & Friday, October 26-27 in Washington, DC
Congressional Reception: 9:30 am
Conference Start Time 12:00 pm
JW Marriott Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20004
More details about speakers for the Forum and Gala dinner program will be announced shortly. See full program attached.
Dr. Rim Albezem Dr. Lina Murad
Forum Co-Chair Forum Co-Chair
On July 12, Shlomo Bolts, SAC’S policy and advocacy officer, served on the panel of the Srebrenica Genocide: 22 Years Later, hosted by the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Held at Capitol Hill, Shlomo shared the panel with two Srebrenica genocide survivors, Vahidin Zagorica and Elvir Klempic. Shlomo gave powerful remarks on the Srebrenica genocide and its similarities between the Holocaust and current day Syria.
Read Shlomo's full speech below.Read more
The Syrian American Council is gravely concerned over the plight of the up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in Raqqah City as U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces close in. While SAC wholeheartedly supports efforts to eradicate ISIS from Syria, we believe that more care should be taken by the Anti-ISIS Coalition to avoid civilian casualties, especially when using highly flammable or explosive weapons such as White Phosphorous. UN investigators have documented at least 300 civilian deaths in Raqqah due to Coalition airstrikes since March.