UPDATE:

 ADC SPONSORS COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

November 5, 2001 - On Thursday, November 1, 2001 the American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosted a town hall meeting in
Dearborn, Michigan to address the impact of the current national crisis on
Arab and Muslim Americans.

The meeting was organized for the benefit of community members who were
given the opportunity to address questions and concerns directly to
various government officials and civil rights advocates.  The forum
provided the community with a greater understanding of measures that our
government is now taking in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on
the United States.  It also allowed for an open dialogue between panelists
and community members.

Panelists included:

Moderator:   Dr. Ziad Asali - ADC National President

Speakers:
Mr. Alex Acosta - Deputy Assistant Attorney General (U.S. Department of
Justice)
Mr. Michael Zubrensky - Counsel to Assistant Attorney General (U.S.
Department of Justice)
Mr. Alan Gershal - U.S. Attorney
Mr. John Bell, Jr. - Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan
Ms. Carol Jenifer - INS District Director
Ms. Kary Moss - ACLU Executive Director, Michigan
Mr. Noel Saleh -Immigration Attorney

A key topic of discussion was the signing of the Patriot Bill into law on
Friday, October 26, 2001 by President George W. Bush.  Civil Rights
organizations and community members immediately objected to the
implementation of this Bill, which jeopardizes civil liberties and puts a
significant amount of power into the hands of law enforcement officials.

Since September 11, 2001, ADC has been working diligently with the Arab
and Muslim community, various media outlets and government agencies to
address and handle issues that affect the community.  The tragedy has
sparked much concern and debate about how we must deal with this crisis as
a nation.  The question of sacrificing civil liberties for the sake of
national security has been at the heart of these debates.

"This forum was organized in consistency with our ongoing efforts to keep
the line of communication open between Arab and Muslim Americans and our
government," states Imad Hamad, ADC Midwest Regional Director.  "As a
civil rights organization, ADC will continue to work hand-in-hand with
government agencies, so that we do not lose sight of the principles that
govern our nation."

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