Arab American Action Network

The Arab American Action Networks (AAANs) vision is for a strong Arab American community, whose members have power to make decisions about actions and policies that affect their lives; and have access to a range of social, political, cultural, and economic opportunities in a context of equity and social justice. Formed in 1995 by community activists, organizers, academics, professionals, and non-Arab allies, the AAAN became one of the very first non-profit organizations providing services and advocacy to the Arab community of greater Chicago.

Located on 63rd Street on the southwest side of Chicago, in the heart of the Arab immigrant community, the AAAN published the first needs assessment of this community in 1998. Entitled Meeting Community Needs, Building on Community Strengths, it provides a detailed description of the community's history and social and economic status, as well as its strengths and areas of need. The needs assessment was followed in late 1998 by focus groups with various community member

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