Little Gandhi's University Tour
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We began our tour on Saturday November 12th at Harvard University, then on to DePaul University in Chicago on November 18th. We continued to Houston to cover the University of Houston and Rice University, and now on to Princeton University. We hope to continue to universities like USC, UCLA, Berkley and Stanford in CA, as well as more schools on the East Coast like Columbia, NYU, and George Washington.
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In these difficult times it is important that we band together and keep our support strong for those inside Syria. Take a moment to listen to OUR MESSAGE including a message from inside Aleppo. Also, take a read below to learn how advocates and activists are coming together to keep the voices of Syrian Americans loud and clear.
Today, I'm inspired!
A Message from the President of the
Syrian American Council
Dear SAC Members and Friends,
This morning I'm inspired because I, a Syrian-American, along with my family and friends, have the opportunity to go to the polling stations today, to stand among my fellow Americans, and to vote!
The 2016 elections have been tumultuous ones. But at the end of the day, when I step back and recall what we are setting out to do, I can only be thankful that my vote today will be a testament of one of the greatest virtues of being a free American. And no matter how divided we Americans might be on foreign and domestic issues, or even cultural and religious issues, in the end, as our Founding Fathers intended, we stand united with liberty and justice for all.
SAC Hosts Official Syrian Opposition Delegation
SAC and Democracy Council Host Syria the Way Forward Conference on Capitol Hill
In a full day of panel discussions on Capitol Hill, Syrian activists and aid workers from near and far spoke out to share their experiences from the ground in Syria and to inform policymakers. The event, entitled "Way Forward in Syria: Implications for Policymakers," provided a rare opportunity for Congressional offices and think tank analysts on Capital Hill to hear directly from Syrian civil society, especially since the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on Syria earlier that week had included no Syrian speakers.
SAC Condemns Russian Air Strike on Historic St. Simeon Church
CDS CONSIDERS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CULPABLE IN CONTINUED TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS OF MEDICAL/AID WORKERS AROUND ALEPPO
Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) expresses its disgust and horror at the targeted killings of both civil defense workers and medical practitioners in regime air strikes around Aleppo. On Monday, regime air strikes targeted the headquarters of the heroic "White Helmets" who have received awards all over the world for their noble work pulling victims from rubble. The strike targeted the White Helmets' headquarters in Al-Atareb, killing five members of the civil defense team. On Wednesday, more air strikes hit throughout Aleppo, including on a Al Quds hospital where at least 60 people were killed, many of whom were doctors and children.Read more
Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, General Coordinator of the Higher Negotiating Committee, addresses Syrian American community
Prime Minister Hijab addressed the Syrian American community on Monday evening to brief them on his latest meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and to share the Higher Negotiating Committee's approach toward the Geneva talks.
The Prime Minister thanked the community for their devoted support over the past 5 years of the Syrian Revolution and asked that they redouble their efforts to support the Revolution before the U.S. Government and Congress.
The Syrian American community assured Prime Minister Hijab that they fully support his leadership and the leadership of the Higher Negotiating Committee and they pledged their continued and strengthened effort in support of the Higher Negotiating Committee's stance.
Syrian American Council Attends White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
The Syrian American Council, America’s largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, attended President Obama’s Summit on Countering Violent Extremism from February 18th to 20th at the White House. The summit aimed to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence and was attended by a large number of local officials and world leaders.
“We were honored by the invitation of the Obama Administration to this important summit,” said Mirna Barq, the President of the Syrian American Council. “The Syrian American community is deeply concerned by the growing reach of terrorist organizations in Syria, which pose a grave threat both to Syrians and to Americans. As we have noted for years, the Assad regime’s ongoing brutal campaign against its own population creates the conditions for terrorist groups like ISIS to prosper.”
SAC believes that this summit advanced an important dialogue on cooperation between the U.S., the democratic Syrian opposition, and the Syrian American community to combat this menace. As Bassam Barabandi, political adviser to SAC, elaborated: “We made clear to the Administration that the Assad regime, a state-sponsor of terrorism, could not be a partner in countering violent extremism.”
Secretary of State John Kerry noted in February 2014 that the Assad regime has only served as a magnet for terrorist organizations throughout the world to grow in Syria. A recent analysis by the respected intelligence firm IHS Jane’s concludes that the Assad regime has been “ignoring ISIS” by only targeting the group in 6% of its 2014 operations. Most regime attacks, like most ISIS attacks, were directed at bastions of more moderate Syrian rebels.
The Islamic State continues its draconian oppression of hundreds of thousands of Syrians living under its rule. In January 2014, seven months before American air strikes were launched against ISIS, Syrian civilians in opposition areas launched a protest movement and armed rebellion against ISIS in northern Syria. Since then, more than 7000 Syrian rebels have perished in the fight against ISIS. The largest massacre in Syria committed by ISIS to date remains its brutal slaughter of 700 members of the anti-Assad Al-Sha’itat tribe in August 2014, after a failed attempt by the Sha’itat to evict ISIS from territory near the Iraq-Syria border.