As you all know (or, perhaps, don’t know), Nada El Eryan resigned as President of the Chapter. After years of working a full-time job and managing the local group’s activities, she sought to hand the program on to new blood. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any real interest. I offered my services and got elected as a board member, but I can’t run the Chapter by myself, even though I’ve been a member of ADC for years and was an intern in the legal department while I was in law school.
Arabs I’ve contacted generally don’t want to get involved, preferring to keep a low profile. Evidently, they fear being targeted by friends, neighbors, or the Obama Administration as “radicals” and “trouble-makers”. This is unfortunate because the ADC is a civil rights organization, not a cultural one, and, as long as Arabs refuse to stand up and be counted, they will continue to be treated as 4th Class citizens.
The ADC needs a higher profile, not a lower one. And changes must be made, starting at the bottom and working up to the National Board of Directors. If you’ve not seen this Al Jazeera report on the ADC, look it up. It says what many Arabs have been telling me for years: www.aljazeera.com/…/sputtering-arab-american-institution-labour-strike-…
If you want to help the ADC and yourselves, contact me and we can work to make changes. But, first and foremost, we need people to form a working Board of Directors. You can reach me at:
202-686-4869 or firstname.lastname@example.org