It is with great sadness that I am passing on this note to notify you that a dear friend to the Arab and Muslim American Communities and humanity combined , Marwan Burgan, has departed this world last night after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
For over 30 years Marwan had worked and lobbied on behalf of the Arab and Muslim communities. Some of his many accomplishments were working on the passage of Res. 56 in 1991 in order to protect the rights of Arab Americans, as well as amending hate crimes laws to specifically include Muslims and Mosques.
Marwan was one of the cornerstones of Arab political activism; he paved the road for many of us to become politically active.
Condolences will be received at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Samer and Noura Burgan, tomorrow, Saturday March 7, 2009 between 11:00 am and 4:00 PM.
Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 PM
Address: 2304 Colonel Lindsay Ct., Falls Church, VA 22043
Also Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets is organizing a memorial from 8—10 am on Sunday, March 8th
Marwan will be transported to his birth place in Jordan for a funeral and final resting place.
Please keep Marwan and his family and many friends in your thoughts.