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.
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.Read more
We are thankful everyday for having the opportunity to bring the voices of Syrian Americans to the forefront.
Now more than ever before those voices matter as the annihalation of our beloved Aleppo continues at the hands of Russian and Syrian regime forces.
Help us keep the news about Aleppo, and Syria at large, top of mind in the media, in congress, and with the American Public.
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
The Syrian American Council, America's largest and oldest grassroots Syrian American organization, requests an urgent clarification from Secretary of State John Kerry and Department of Defense spokesman Col. Steve Warren following their grossly incorrect remarks last week on Syrian rebels in Aleppo. On April 20, Col. Warren wrongly asserted that it's "primarily al-Nusra," the Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate, that holds Aleppo. Secretary Kerry echoed these remarks two days later by falsely tying a Russian military buildup to "impatience with the terrorists...laying siege to places on their side and killing people."Read more
Washington, DC - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) filed a request this week with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging that body to renew and re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In accordance with 8 U.S.C. § 1254a, the Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely. The ongoing conflict in Syria, with Assad and his allies' constant civilian killing and the increasing prevalence of extremist groups like ISIS, requires that TPS be extended and re-designated.Read more