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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
Russian jets attack Talbiseh in Homs Province on September 30th 2015
The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, strongly condemns the air strikes carried out by Russian warplanes in Syria on Sept. 30. The air strikes came hours after the Russian parliament unanimously approved an authorization for the use of force in Syria. Warplanes were dispatched to carry out air strikes ostensibly to assist the Assad regime against the Islamic State.
The Syrian American Council (SAC), America's largest Syrian-American community organization, today renews its demand for an immediate no-fly zone following the massacre of over 80 Syrian civilians during an Assad regime air strike on the Damascus suburb of Douma. Thirty-five children were among the dead, and an additional 325 people were injured. A marketplace was deliberately targeted during rush hour so as to maximize civilian casualties. Air strikes have continued throughout the night.
The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest Syrian American grassroots organization, welcomes the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2235. The resolution creates a mechanism to assign responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria. It comes four months after the passage of UNSC Resolution 2209, which condemned chlorine gas attacks in Syria and introduced a "Chapter VII" U.N. mandate enforceable by military action.Read more
The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest Syrian American grassroots organization, calls for immediate action by the United States government to stop the vicious onslaught by the Assad regime and Hezbollah militias on Zabadani which has been under a brutal assault for the past month.
The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest Syrian American grassroots organization, welcomes reports about an understanding, in broad terms, between the United States and Turkey for an ISIS-free safe zone that would be implemented in partnership with the moderate Syrian opposition.
Washington DC – A delegation of Syrian American women including the leadership of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) along with humanitarian organizations and civil society members met on Friday, February 20th with Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss de Mistura’s efforts to institute a freeze, or reduction of fighting, in Aleppo between regime and opposition forces.
The Syrian American Council, the largest and oldest Syrian American grassroots organization, hosted a successful town hall meeting today with the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and the Syrian American community of Houston, Texas. The meeting included a discussion of key issues of importance to Syrian Americans.Read more