COALITION FOR A DEMOCRATIC SYRIA ISSUES PRESIDENTIAL SCORECARD EVALUATING CANDIDATES' POLICY ON SYRIA

Washington DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a coalition of Syrian-American organizations, has issued a scorecard evaluating the stated Syria policy of the 2016 presidential candidates. The scorecard measures each candidate's position according to the needs of the Syrian people, the views of the Syrian-American community, and the analysis of experts tasked with resolving the conflict.
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SAC URGES STRONG RESPONSE TO RUSSIAN ATTACKS ON SYRIAN AND TURKISH CIVILIANS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Syrian American Council (SAC), the largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization in the United States, calls upon the United States to take quick action, including kicking Russia out of the international SWIFT code system, in response to the Russian government's bombing of civilians in Syria, its attacks on civilian Turkish aid convoys, its repeated violations of Turkish airspace, and its targeting of the Turkmen minority in Syria.

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SAC INVITES GOVERNORS TO MEET SYRIAN REFUGEES

SAC INVITES GOVERNORS TO MEET SYRIAN REFUGEES IN THEIR STATES WHO FLED ISIS AND ASSAD
Washington, DC - The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, joins in the call of major American organizations such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and the U.S. Council on Catholic Bishops to reject the calls by over 25 governors to prohibit the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. Our country is a nation of immigrants, and taking in refugees has been a noble bipartisan tradition since the founding of our country. We invite the governors who are calling for the closing of door to refugees to reconsider their decision and meet directly with refugee families in their states who come from all faiths and ethnic groups and have fled ISIS and Assad.
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SYRIAN AMERICAN DELEGATION PARTICIPATES IN UN CONSULTATION IN GENEVA

Washington DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a group of Syrian-American organizations working for a free and democratic Syria and including the Syrian American Council, Syrian Christians for Peace, the American Syriac Union, the Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for a Free Syria, and the Association of Free Syrians, mourns the victims of Friday's attacks in Paris. ISIS has taken credit for the coordinated attacks that killed an estimated 127 people. France has long been among the closest allies of the Syrian opposition, and the most vocal European country calling for a no-fly zone to protect civilians in Syria. 

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SAC CONDEMNS ISIS TERROR ATTACK IN BEIRUT

Washington, DC - The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, unequivocally condemns ISIS' heinous terrorist attack Thursday in a Hezbollah-controlled neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon. Forty-four people were killed while and over 200 were injured. 

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SAC CONDEMNS REGIME MARKET MASSACRE

SAC CONDEMNS REGIME MARKET MASSACRE AND REBEL ABUSE OF CAPTIVES IN DOUMA
Washington, DC - The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American group, condemns the Assad regime's latest attack on a packed open-air market that murdered 65 civilians and wounded over 250 innocents this past Friday. The attack deliberately targeted civilians and included a barrage of airstrikes, mortars and artillery fire on the packed marketplace. It was only the latest regime massacre to take place in the Damascus suburb of Douma, which has suffered from siege, bombardments, and chemical attacks for the past four years.
 
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CDS and ARCS Condemns Russian Attack on SAMS Hospitals

Washington D.C. The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) condemns Russia for killing at least 13 people including two medical staff on October 21st when Russian warplanes directly targeted a field hospital in Sarmin, Syria operated by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).

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Letter to President Obama October 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Barack Obama,

We write to you today to strongly urge the creation of a new, privately-funded refugee category to respond to the current refugee crisis. A bipartisan group in Congress including Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, John Conyers, Ranking Member of Judiciary Subcommittee, and Zoe Lofgren, Ranking Member of the Immigration Subcommittee, have all advocated for such a category similar to existing models implemented in Canada.

 

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CDS Applauds Cancellation of Middle East Policy Council Event Featuring Siwar al Assad

Washington DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a coalition representing the Syrian American community, applauds Rep. Gerry Connolly's office for canceling the House of Representatives venue for an event hosted by the Middle East Policy Council. The event featured Siwar al Assad, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the son of ex-Syrian Vice President Rifaat al Assad. The event titled "One Year Later: Assessing the Coalition Campaign Against ISIS" included Assad, a novelist and media executive, to comment on the progress of the anti-ISIS fight. Through pressure from the Syrian-American community, the media, and Congressional offices, the event was forced into an online-only discussion.

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CDS CALLS FOR ATTENDANCE AT PROTEST DEMANDING AN END TO RUSSIAN MILITARY SUPPORT TO THE ASSAD REGIME

Washington, DC- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) calls upon members of the Syrian-American Community and its allies to join this Friday, October 2 in a condemnation of Russia's flagrant intervention in the Syrian conflict, upon news that Russia has struck civilian and Opposition targets in Syria with the express goal to bolster the Syrian regime.

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