Call to Action: Contact your Congress Members

September 2nd, 2013

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the U.S. Congress will vote on a limited military intervention in Syria. Congress must show the world that America is not afraid to act when a brutal dictator continues to disregard U.S. warnings and defy international norms against the use of chemical weapons.  U.S. action must be decisive and strategic enough to end the war in Syria and pave the way for transition to a post-Assad future, enabling Syrians to begin the difficult and important processes of reconciliation, reconstruction, and democratization.

This is a rare occasion.  It is critically important that YOU take action and contact your Members of Congress THIS WEEK while they are in their home districts. This is a chance to not only punish Assad for using chemical weapons, but also to prevent the continued slaughter of innocent Syrian civilians, and pave the way for a political transition to democracy.

CDS Calls Upon US, UN to Act Against Chemical Attack in Damascus

August 21st, 2013

Washington, DC — The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime’s brutal coordinated chemical attacks in several of Damascus’ suburbs, including Zamalka, Ein Tarma, Douma, and Muadameyeh, reportedly killing more than 550 people according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Videos uploaded by activists show most of the victims are children.

CDS welcomes the Department of Homeland Security’s extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians Nationals in the U.S.

June 17th, 2013

Washington, DC – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has extended and re-designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently residing in America. This announcement comes after months of hard work by the partnership of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. This past May, the two organizations sent a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano and gathered nearly 1,600 signatures of support urging the Secretary to extend and re-designate TPS status.

TPS allows eligible individuals to remain in the US legally, regardless of their immigration status, for a limited period of time. Today’s extension of the previously-issued TPS designation will last for another 18 months until March 31, 2015, allowing Syrian nationals to continue to reside in the United States as long as they meet the terms and conditions set by the regulations. The re-designation of TPS will allow eligible Syrians, who are in the United States on or before June 17, 2013, and who meet other criteria, to register for TPS for the first time. In her statement, Secretary Napolitano stated the reason for the extension was due to the fact the situation in Syria has deteriorated tremendously since the pervious TPS designation.

“CDS commends the Department of Homeland Security for ensuring the legal protection of Syrian nationals in America, as the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate and innocent Syrian civilians are targeted and killed everyday. This achievement demonstrates the power of our constituents and partners coming together for the benefit of Syrians,” said CDS board member Dr. Mohamed Kawam.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Expatriates Organization, Syrian Christians for Democracy, and Association of Free Syrians.

CDS Welcomes White House Statement on Assad Regime Use of Chemical Weapons

June 14th, 2013

Today the White House officially confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime. The statement by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes stated that the United States intelligence community determined chemical weapons were used by the Assad regime and confirmed at least 100-150 deaths due to chemical weapons including Sarin gas. They concluded that the Assad regime maintains control over the chemical weapons and have used them on several occasions over the last year. Additionally, President Obama “authorized the expansion of our assistance to the Supreme Military Council (SMC),” and will increase the amounts and types of direct assistance to the Syrian Opposition Coalition and SMC.

CDS Webinar: The State of U.S. Syria Policy

May 29th, 2013

CDS Webinar: The State of U.S. Syria Policy
Thursday, May 30, 2013
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

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Please join the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) for our webinar series.

On May 30 at 9:00 pm EST, Aram Baghdjian, Government Affairs Direct of Syrian American Alliance, Mohammad Ghanem, Government Relations Director of Syrian American Council, and Jason Hunt, Policy Fellow of SAC will discuss the results of National Advocacy Day for Syria. Bassel Korkor, Board Member of United for Free Syria and Legal Advisor to the Syrian Opposition Coalition will discuss advocacy within the United Nations in New York and the recently passed UN Resolution.