Take Action: Urge Congress to seek justice for Alex Odeh!


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Take Action: Urge Congress to seek justice for Alex Odeh!

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 22th, 2014- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee calls on all ADC members to petition Congress and demand new hearings for Alex Odeh. Members of the United States Congress must take action and obtain justice for Alex Odeh by holding new Judiciary Committee hearings in both the House and Senate. 

Take action now! Urge your Senators and Representatives to hold new Judiciary Committee hearings for Alex Odeh. Click here to send a letter to Congress.

On October 11th of 1985, Alex Odeh, ADC’s Southern California Regional Director, was killed when a pipe bomb exploded as he entered the ADC office in Santa Ana, California. Alex, a published poet, lecturer of Arabic Language and Middle East history at Coastline College in Santa Ana, and tireless peace activist, dedicated his life to the defense of civil liberties at home, and civil and human rights abroad. The bomb injured several other victims in addition to killing Alex. The case remains unresolved despite the FBI labeling the bombing an act of terrorism and designating an investigation into the bombing as a highest national priority. 

Last fall, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Congressman John Conyers, a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to the Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte. The letter requested a hearing to address the unresolved case of Alex Odeh’s murder. The House Judiciary Committee previously held a hearing on the Odeh case in 1986, but has not had a hearing since. Thus, the Sanchez and Conyers letter called for a new hearing to find out why justice has been delayed for so long and to finally bring resolution to the case.

Congresswoman Sanchez also sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on November 6th of 2013. Congresswoman Sanchez, Congressman Jim Moran, Congressman Keith Ellison, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton jointly signed the letter.

Now is the time for Members of Congress to follow the lead of Congresswoman Sanchez and demand justice for Alex Odeh.

The FBI’s investigation into Alex’s murder remains open. There is a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Yet, no arrests have been made despite the fact that the FBI identified members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) as suspects shortly after the attack.

ADC and the Arab-American community are deeply troubled that, despite all the available leads to resolving Alex’s murder, the perpetrators remain at large for nearly three decades after the tragic attack.  ADC continues to seek support for Congressional hearings on the Alex Odeh case as well as greater support from the Department of Justice in investigating the case.

Take a stand for justice now: Ask your Members of Congress to call on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees to hold new hearings to obtain justice for Alex Odeh.

Click here to send an email letter to your Members of Congress.

It is especially important for constituents of Judiciary Committee Members to contact their Members and demand justice for Alex Odeh. Check the list below to see if your Representatives are on the Judiciary Committee.  

Click here to see the House Judiciary Committee Members.

Click here to see the Senate Judiciary Committee Members. 

Republicans Representatives on the House Judiciary Committee:
  • Bob Goodlatte, Chairman – Virginia, 6th
  • Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. – Wisconsin, 5th
  • Howard Coble – North Carolina, 6th
  • Lamar Smith – Texas, 21st
  • Steve Chabot – Ohio, 1st
  • Spencer Bachus – Alabama, 6th
  • Darrell Issa – California, 49th
  • Randy Forbes – Virginia, 4th
  • Steve King – Iowa, 4th
  • Trent Franks – Arizona, 8th
  • Louie Gohmert – Texas, 1st
  • Jim Jordan – Ohio, 4th
  • Ted Poe – Texas, 2nd
  • Jason Chaffetz – Utah, 3rd
  • Tom Marino – Pennsylvania, 10th
  • Trey Gowdy – South Carolina, 4th
  • Raul Labrador – Idaho, 1st
  • Blake Farenthold – Texas, 27th
  • George Holding -North Carolina, 13th
  • Doug Collins – Georgia, 9th
  • Ron DeSantis – Florida, 6th
  • Jason Smith -Missouri, 8th
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee:
  • John Conyers, Jr. Ranking Member – Michigan, 13th
  • Jerry Nadler – New York, 10th
  • Bobby Scott – Virginia, 3rd
  • Zoe Lofgren – California, 19th
  • Sheila Jackson Lee – Texas, 18th
  • Steve Cohen – Tennessee, 9th
  • Hank Johnson – Georgia, 4th
  • Pedro Pierluisi – Puerto Rico, (At-large)
  • Judy Chu – California, 27th
  • Ted Deutch – Florida, 21st
  • Luis Gutierrez – Illinois, 4th
  • Karen Bass – California, 37th
  • Cedric Richmond – Louisiana, 2nd
  • Suzan DelBene – Washington, 1st
  • Joe Garcia – Florida, 26th
  • Hakeem Jeffries – New York, 8th
  • David Cicilline – Rhode Island, 1st

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