2017 • 8 months
Founded in 1972 as the Arab Community Center, the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) strives to strengthen the Arab community in the Chicago area by building its capacity to be an active agent for positive social change. Its strategies include community organizing, advocacy, education, providing social services, leadership development, cultural outreach, and forging productive relationships with other communities. With this award, AAAN responds to changes in federal immigration law and policy in two ways. First, it educates Arab and Muslim communities in Chicago on the policy shifts through workshops and “Know Your Rights” sessions. Second, it convenes peer organizations from New York and San Francisco in strategy sessions to develop a long-term plan for preserving the civil rights and civil liberties of Arab Americans, Muslims, immigrants, and others who may face discrimination under federal policies.