Save the Date! Join us in DC March 12-14

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.


Advocacy in Action: A doctor’s story inspires his congressman

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.

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Advocacy In Action: TPS for Syrians Extended

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.

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A Message to Trump on Fox News Network

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.


The ad ran seven times, in various time slots and over several days, including on Fox & Friends, The Sean Hannity Show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and Fox News Sunday – all of Trump’s favorite shows.

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

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.

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Syria Policy Forum

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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 

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JW Marriott Washington, DC

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20004

Register Online

Reserve your room in the Forum’s room block

More details about speakers for the Forum and Gala dinner program will be announced shortly. See full program attached.

For more information about the American Forum on Syria Policy, please contact us at info@syriapolicyforum.org or (857)574-0547.

 

Kind Wishes, 

Dr. Rim Albezem       Dr. Lina Murad

Forum Co-Chair        Forum Co-Chair 


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Srebrenica Genocide: 22 Years Later

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. 

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SAC DEMANDS SAFE PASSAGE FOR CIVIILIANS IN RAQQAH

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.

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A Blessed Easter

At Zaytoun Church is where I long to be today, in my beloved Damascus, Syria — 

I love it not only because it was where my parents were married and where I was baptized but because of all the special moments that took place there. I recall the candles flickering outside the church on Palm Sunday. I remember everyone dressed in their holiday best, walking in a procession as worshipers carried an icon of Jesus and the cross. And most precious are Easter Sunday mornings when my parents gifted decorated eggs and holiday chocolates to our Muslim neighbors and their families. How I long for these days of family, friends, and worship in the town where I grew up.

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No Going Back: Forced Displacement in the Syrian Conflict

February 2017

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