“Peace for Syria” Rally in Boston
July 25, 2015 at 1pm
Copley Square, Boston
Peace in Syria is long overdue. The conflict is in its fifth year and going unabated. Terrorism is on the rise, extremists are recruited all over the world, including in the U.S. Some are from here, our town of Boston. It is high time the administration acknowledges that its Syria policy has to change.
The Syrian American Forum (SAF), a national non-for-profit organization seeking peace in Syria, urges the Obama administration to exercise all in its power to help bring an end to this bloody conflict. The armed elements committing hideous crimes against civilians and minorities are mostly groups listed by the administration as “terrorist organizations”, such as ISIS, AlNusra, and others. While the administration launched a direct war against ISIS, it should be noted here that this war against the so-called ISIS will not succeed unless coordinated with the countries in the region that are the real victims of its atrocities. The recent nuclear agreement with Iran should open the door for future cooperation in this battle.
The so-called ISIS did not emerge from a mirage. It is a result of the policies of the U.S. and its allies, such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Whether by turning a blind eye to its growth, or through arming, financing and enabling by our allies, the administration bears some direct responsibility for some of what is going on in Syria.
We call on you to join us Saturday July 25, 2015 at 1pm in Copley Square to help send a message to Washington that the Syrian people deserve peace. The continuation of the war against Syria, with the support of the U.S. allies, will raise the risk of terrorism reaching us here. We in Boston know fully well what that means; we should make sure it is not repeated.
July 13, 2015
“It is to be proud of being an American, but it is also to be proud that your fathers and mothers came from a land upon which God laid His gracious hand and raised His messengers”.
This message from Gibran dates back to 1926. A century later, it still resonates amongst our community. Many of those Gibran addressed in his message grew and rose to be leaders in the United States, proud of their heritage and belonging.
We bear a similar responsibility for our generation to follow these steps. Among the Syrian American Youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow. They will bear the responsibility of carrying the heritage of their ancestors and lead efforts to help their extended families back in the motherland, Syria.
SAF was established with this mission in mind. Syrian Americans will always be proud of who they are; Syrians and Americans. This pride will require persistent and continuous efforts to preserve this thousands of years old heritage. Thus, SAF Youth.
SAF launches SAF Youth aiming at empowering the young generations of today to carry the baton. SAF Youth is a group of young Syrian Americans keen on preserving the heritage of their parents and ancestors It will create educational and social programs to:
- Fortify the confidence of the Syrian American Youths in their belonging to be very successful and effective citizens,
- Spread Syrian culture, heritage and history in their local communities,
- Involve SAF Youths in promoting the social welfare of their peers by emphasizing the spirit of community service,
- Strengthen the ties between the Syrian American youths and their motherland,
- Help young Syrians build upon their abilities and achievements to further advance their society.
We urge all Syrian Americans to join our efforts. Our youths are our collective responsibility. We shall continue to be proud of their charismatic tendency to stick to their ancestors’ heritage and guide them to be effective leaders in their parents’ adopted country.
Once again, Gibran’s message of over a hundred years ago continues to resonate today; we are confident it will for hundreds of years to come: “Young Americans of Syrian origin, I believe in you.”