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Arab American Action Network

Chicago, Illinois

Arab American Action Network was awarded $75,000 between 2017 and 2018, including 2 grants in Chicago Commitment.

$50,000

2018 • 1 year • Chicago Commitment

Founded in 1972 as the Arab Community Center, the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) strengthens the Arab community in the Chicago area by building its capacity to be an active agent for positive social change. Its activities include community organizing, advocacy, education, social services, leadership development, and cultural outreach to other religious and ethnic communities. With this award for general operating support, AAAN responds to changes in federal immigration law and policy by educating Arab and Muslim communities in Chicago on the policy shifts through workshops and Know Your Rights sessions. It also fosters the leadership advancement of youth, women, and families through programs focused on community organizing and racial equity.

$25,000

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.

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