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Tuesday January 03, 2012

“Save Washington Street”

Posted by Hilary Robertson at 3:30 pm

Little Syria - Project Khalid

We first brought the “Save Washington Street” campaign to your attention back in early November, and our original article urged you to take action to preserve this historic site of the first Arab American neighborhood in the United States. Now this campaign has caught the attention of The New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who recently wrote an article about the movement called “Little Syria (Now Tiny Syria) Finds New Advocates” detailing the progress that’s been made and what obstacles remain.

This additional recognition is a solid step forward, but Save Washington Street still needs your help. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, you can do so here: http://savewashingtonstreet.org/petition. Organizations such as the Arab American Institute, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Southern Federation Of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs, and the Arab American Association of New York have already lent their names in support of this important campaign. As Dunlap says in his article, no matter what happens regarding the designation of the buildings, “the members of Save Washington Street are performing the service of calling attention to the lost legacy of Little Syria.”

If you would like to be more involved in helping to save Washington Street, please visit their website at www.savewashingtonstreet.org.

Tagged as Arab Americans, Cultural Events, Issues, State Specific, New York

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