American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

What is the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)?

ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

ADC was founded by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk in 1980. Today, ADC is the largest Arab American grassroots organization in the U.S.

ADC supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form.


  • PROTECTS civil rights and civil liberties of Arab Americans
  • PROMOTES mutual understanding
  • PRESERVES Arab American cultural heritage

Who can join ADC?

ADC welcomes the participation and support of people of all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.

ADC’s objectives are to:

  1. Defend and promote human rights, civil rights, and liberties of Arab Americans and other persons of Arab heritage.
  2. Combat stereotypes and discrimination against and affecting the Arab-American community in the United States.
  3. Serve as a public voice for the Arab American community in the United States on domestic and foreign policy issues.
  4. Educate the American public in order to promote greater understanding of Arab history and culture.
  5. Organize and mobilize the Arab American community in furtherance of the organization’s objectives.

Ways to get involved:

  1. Join our listserve to receive ADC news releases and action alerts
  2. Become a member of ADC – dues start as low as $25
  3. Join or start a local ADC chapter
  4. Educate yourself
  5. Make a donation to ADC or the ADC Research Institute (ADCRI)