Posted on September 28, 2015 in Press Releases
"Regrettably, we've already seen a troubling level of bigotry from the Presidential candidates in this election cycle so far"– Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute
"It's heartening to see Pennsylvania officials are responding to the concerns of the Arab American community, we wish the same could be said at the national level"– Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director, Arab-American Development Corporation
Harrisburg, PA – On September 30 the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corporation will convene a day of advocacy for Arab American leaders from across Pennsylvania at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
The delegation of Arab American leaders will meet with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, PA Secretary of State Pedro Cortés, and Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack. The day of advocacy will also include a luncheon at the State Capitol with members of the Pennsylvania State General Assembly. The objective will be to encourage Pennsylvania's elected officials to sign The Pledge to Combat Bigotry and to discuss policy concerns of the Arab American community.
The Arab American Institute has been leading a campaign to encourage Pennsylvanian officials to publicly disavow the use of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric and to call out those who use such language. Thus far, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, former Governor Ed Rendell, Representative Peter Schweyer, Representative James Roebuck, and Philadelphia Mayoral candidate James Kenney, among others, have already signed the Pledge.