American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Convention Focuses on Civil Rights

June 9, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On June 9, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the small pamphlets filled with the large words of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights were grabbed up at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination convention in Arlington this weekend as quickly as the complaint forms for airline profiling of Muslims... Talk... focused on the Justice Department's plans to fingerprint and photograph more than 100,000 visa holders who pose national security concerns... About 3,000 Arab Americans attended the largest gathering to date of the nation's most powerful Arab American civil rights group... The line to talk to FBI agents about jobs and the table to chat with the American Civil Liberties Union were as busy... There was clear agreement that the most traditional paths of American expression are the most important ways to ease their frustrations and protect their rights... 'This is not Cuba. This is not China,' said Greg Nojeim, an Arab American who works for the ACLU. 'This is the United States of America, and we have rights and a voice, and we have to use it.'"