Welcome to the very first newsletter from the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations (CPAO). Many of you may not know who we are and so it’s time for us to do a better job in communicating with you and also giving you the opportunity to communicate with us.
CPAO is an umbrella organization that represents a number of Palestinian American associations that are registered in the US. We collectively represent about 80,000 Palestinian Americans and we are growing. Our objective is simple, to politically mobilize our community across the country to create an effective Palestinian American voice that needs to be heard in the halls of congress. We know how powerful the pro-Israel lobby is and the damage it has done to our people both as Americans and Palestinians.
We also feel that we must engage in the political process by contacting our members of congress, volunteering in campaigns, getting involved in both political parties, and even running for office. We have been and will continue to meet Congressmen, State Department officials and White House officials in advocating for the issues that concern our community.
In these forthcoming newsletters, we will provide you with information on current political issues as well as information on what we are doing and what you can do to help us. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Maher Massis, VP, CPAO