Thursday, May 8, 2014

Absentee voting

The primary for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District will be from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm on Tuesday,June 10.  If you can’t make it then, you can vote absentee in person or by mail. 

Who can vote absentee?  Virginia provides a variety of reasons one can vote absentee.

- You are or your spouse is attending college outside of the locality of your Virginia residence.

- You have business, personal business or vacation outside your county or city of residence on election day. 

- You will be working and commuting to and from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm on election day.

- You are a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue.)

- Your disability or illness.

- You are primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled or ill family member confined at home.

- Your pregnancy.

- You are an electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment.

- You have a religious obligation.

- You are or your spouse is (or you are a dependent of) a voter is on active duty in the Merchant Marine or armed forces.

- You are temporarily residing outside of US.

Click here to get the absentee ballot application form. 
More information is available from the election officials in your jurisdiction.  For more info, click these links –

Patrick Hope in the community

Patrick Hope in the Arab American community

 Fayrouz Cafe patrons talking with Patrick

 Al Jazeera Restaurant staff taking a break and talking with Patrick

Happy to see supporters!

Patrick Hope for Congress

In the weeks since the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia endorsed Delegate Patrick Hope to replace the retiring Representative Jim Moran, Patrick has been out meeting voters across the district.  He’s been to a number of events with the Arab American community. 

Here’s a photo of Patrick with community leaders at the Al-Hewar Center where he was the guest speaker. 

You can read more about Patrick at his Web site

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Patrick Hope for Congress!

The Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia, a non-sectarian Democratic organization representing the communal interests, civil rights and human rights of the Arab American community of Virginia has endorsed Delegate Patrick Hope ( Patrick Hope for Congress ) for the Democratic nomination in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia.

Del. Hope has served in the Virginia General Assembly with distinction and with much care for the underprivileged and the poor. With many years of dedicated public service to Virginia and Virginians, Del. Hope has always supported the human and civil rights of all Virginians and has stood up against bigotry and narrow mindedness.

We pledge to our future congressman Patrick Hope, all of our resources to insure a victory in the Democratic primary on June 10th and in the general election on November 4th.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Update on the 8th

With 11 candidates vying for Jim Moran's seat in congress, the activity has been heating up.  The candidates have been making the rounds and meeting constituents.  Many have asked for our support so we created a questionnaite to ask them about their thoughts on Arab American issues.  We'll review their replies and support those who will be our supporters going forward.  Their replies are due in two weeks so check back after St. Patrick's Day for more info.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Virginia's 8th Congressional District

Members at last night’s Fairfax County Democratic Committee meeting heard from a group of candidates for the 8th Congressional District.  Ambassador Bon Beyer, State Senator Adam Ebbin, Delegate Mark Sickles, Delegate Patrick Hope and television personality Mark Levin spoke.  Thanks to Messrs. Ebbin, Sickles, and Hope who were working a long day in the legislative session in Richmond and then drove to Fairfax County for our meeting only to return in the snow to Richmond.  That shows remarkable interest in the folks in Fairfax County.  Announced candidates Delegate Charniele Herring and Bruce Shuttleworth were not there.  Other names being tossed around to replace Rep. Jim Moran in the 8th are State Senator Barbara Favola; Delegates Bob Brink, Alfonso Lopez, and Rob Krupika; Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada, Fairfax Supervisor Jeff McKay, and former Secretary of Technology, Aneesh Chopra; and Former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donnelly.  

A few things are clear.  There is a candidate for everybody’s liking.  There could be 10 or more announced candidates before Valentine’s Day.  Some of them will drop our over the next 16 weeks as we approach the primary.  With voters having so many choices, a candidate polling in the teens likely can win this race.  

With the 8th Congressional District being such a Democratic stronghold, the real race is the primary.  The winner should easily win the general election in November.  Stay tuned for more…

Monday, January 27, 2014

ADC Asks Oxfam to Drop Scarlett Johansson

.Oxfam International’s Global Ambassador Scarlett Johansson has recently become the Global Brand Ambassador for SodaStream, an occupation profiteer that maintains a factory on an illegal settlement in the West Bank.  SodaStream exploits Palestinian land, labor, and resources, and is complicit in the brutal occupation of the Palestinian land. Such corporate complicity in human rights violations is a crime under international law. 
ADC President, Samer Khalaf, stated in a letter sent to Raymond Offenheiser, Oxfam America President, "While you have stated that you oppose all trade from Israeli settlements, there has yet to be any tangible action on this matter. In October 2012, Oxfam Italy cut its ties with Paola Maugeri over her role as a SodaStream PR Ambassador. You also dropped Kristin Davis in 2009 when she became a spokesperson for a company that manufactured cosmetics in illegal Israeli settlements. Scarlett Johansson should not be an exception to the rule."
In the written statement published on Oxfam’s website, Oxfam said: “We have made our concerns know to Ms. Johannsson and we are now engaged in a dialogue on these important matters… Oxfam is opposed to all trade from Israeli settlements, which are illegal under international law.” 
However, despite making a statement saying that they oppose all trade from Israeli settlements, Oxfam has chosen to keep Scarlett Johansson as their Ambassador, in spite of the fact that she is explicitly promoting trade from illegal Israeli settlements.  
Oxfam says that it respects the independence of their ambassadors.  Yet, how can one truly be an ambassador for justice and human rights, but also advocate for a company that exploits an indigenous population? In the American legal practice this would be considered a clear conflict of interest: a definitively unethical position to maintain.  One simply cannot simultaneously advocate for human right and human exploitation.  
Please take action to stop this hypocrisy before SodaStream's airs its advertisements to millions at the Super Bowl!
  • Contact Oxfam’s President and tell him to drop Scarlett Johansson as their Global Ambassador
  • Join ThunderClap Campaign and Tweet to Oxfam
  • Sign the petition to urge Scarlett to end her relationship with SodaStream