October 4, 2016 – This past weekend the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosted a successful National Convention in Washington, D.C. The highlight of the weekend was the Keynote Address given by Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia. Governor McAuliffe spoke against the hateful political rhetoric that has plagued the current election season. In addition to the Governor’s speech, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) issued a statement of solidarity with ADC.
The DNC issued the following joint statement:
“The Democratic Party shares the mission of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). We stand for diversity, inclusivity, freedom of religion, and we celebrate the contributions of hardworking immigrants and Americans of all ethnicities. This year, we’ve seen a troubling rise in hateful and divisive political rhetoric aimed at Muslim Americans and immigrants, so it’s crucial for those of us who believe that our diversity is our strength to aggressively defend victims of discrimination, and to warmly welcome people of every background into our communities.
“As friends and advocates from across the country gather for the ADC Convention and Gala, the Democratic Party is proud to stand with our Arab American brothers and sisters. We look forward to working hand-in-hand to defend the rights of Arab Americans, to end stereotyping and discrimination, and to fight for the causes of peace, prosperity and security for all.”
ADC commends the DNC on issuing this solidarity statement as it shows it commitment to inclusivity, equality and justice. Further, ADC thanks DNC Interim-Chair Donna Brazile for her commitment in ensuring that the DNC does not engage in political rhetoric that divides us as a nation.
ADC President Samer Khalaf states, “We thank Governor Terry McAuliffee for his powerful words at the ADC Gala. His stance against hate and bigotry sends a strong message that there is no room for such rhetoric in our society. The statement issued by the DNC reemphasizes that point – we as a nation must not engage in the politics of hate and division. We must work together to solve the issues that face us as a country.”