ADC President Invited by Senate Leadership to Discuss Civil Rights Priorities

Washington DC | June 24, 2009 | | Former Congresswoman Hon. Mary Rose Oakar; President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), today joined US Senate leaders including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) as part of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee‘s Meeting on Civil Rights.
Representing ADC, Oakar was called upon by Senator Stabenow to address the participants. ADC‘s presentation included the findings and recommendations of the ADC “Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination,” (ADC Report) (See: ).
Further, the ADC Report findings will be inserted into the Congressional Record by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as part of a hearing on hate crimes scheduled for tomorrow Thursday June 25, 2009.
Oakar also discussed challenges specific to the Arab-American community in the 2010 Census. ADC is a long-term member of the US Census Advisory Committee (CAC).
Others who provided presentations at this morning‘s Senate leadership meeting included the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), the National Urban League, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR); of which ADC is the only Arab-American organizational and Executive Committee member.
NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non sectarian and non partisan, is the largest Arab-American civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980, by former Senator James Abourezk to protect the civil rights of people of Arab descent in the United States and to promote the cultural heritage of the Arabs. ADC has 38 chapters nationwide, including chapters in every major city in the country, and members in all 50 states.
The ADC Research Institute (ADC-RI), which was founded in 1981, is a Section 501(c)(3) educational organization that sponsors a wide range of programs on behalf of Arab Americans and of importance to all Americans. ADC-RI programs include research studies, seminars, conferences and publications that document and analyze the discrimination faced by Arab Americans in the workplace, schools, media, and governmental agencies and institutions. ADC-RI also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Arabs.
Contact: Yousef Munayyer
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee |
1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW | Washington, DC | 20007
Tel: 202-244-2990 | Fax: 202-244-7968 | E-mail:

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