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Opinion Editorials, September 8, 2012
Syrian American Council
Thousands Attend Rally in DC
Amb. Ford: U.S. Changing Strategy in Syria
Syrian-Americans and supporters of freedom and democracy in Syria made had a message to the Obama administration last Sunday during the "World Silence is Killing Syria" rally in front of the White House. Thousands displayed Syrian unity and expressed solidarity with the Syrian revolution as they marched from the DC convention center towards the White House urging the Obama administration to take concrete steps to support the Syrian revolutions.
Following the rally, hundreds attended the fundraising luncheon raising more than $100,000 to the Syrian Support Group, an American organization licensed to raise funds for the Free Syrian Army, and more $180,000 to humanitarian relief organizations working in Syria. The keynote address was delivered by US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. During his speech, the ambassador said the US is changing its strategy in Syria and will no longer work under the framework of the UN. Watch parts of his speech here:
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Walk for the children of Syria this Saturday
This Saturday, September 8th, people in 19 cities across the US will put on their tennis shoes and will Walk for the Children of Syria, a nationwide event that aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. This walk will raise awareness and the funds will go towards the children in Syria that are currently suffering under the dictatorship of Assad.
With each passing day, the violence in Syria continues to escalate. The UN recently estimated that approximately 1.5 million people are in need of assistance in Syria. As a result, UNICEF has responded and has been working with partners to provide assistance to the children of Syria by providing health, nutrition, education, child protection as well as non-food items. However, more financial assistance is needed and for those who register for the walk online, $5 will be donated for UNICEF in your honor. Click here to register for a walk in a city near you.
To help meet the growing humanitarian need, U.S. Agency for International Development announced Wednesday in Jordan that the United States is providing an additional $21 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Of this new funding, $14.3 million will provide food assistance to conflict-affected people inside Syria and $6.7 million to support Syrians displaced to neighboring countries. Read more here.
Republican & Democratic Conventions Attended by SAC Representative
SAC was present at the Democratic National Convention this week in Charlotte just as it was present at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week. SAC, and the Coalition for a Democratic Syria, held a number of high level meetings at the convention and hosted an event on Syria with SNC member Radwan Ziadeh. Additionally, Mohammed Ghanem, SAC Government Relations Director attended all the foreign policy events and receptions bringing more awareness and attention to the plight of Syrians and to make sure that Syria is present everywhere policy makers go, not to mention urging politicians to support arming the FSA. Watch Ghanem's interview on Alhurra here.
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