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Azerbaijani American Council (AAC)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Target demographics: advance interests of Azerbaijani and Turkic Americans

Geographic areas served: the U.S.

Programs: grassroots advocacy, academic conferences and intercultural dialog.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are really doing good job not just for Azeri people also for all the people of US. They have informed US people about culture and history of Azerbaijan in different states. This organization also organized and participated in big cultural and educational events dedicated to the development of Azerbaijani-American relationships .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In our own experience, AAC has played crucial role in the establishment, guidance and promotion of Azerbaijani Student Organization at University of California Irvine.
This organization also leads major cultural and educational events dedicated to the development of Azerbaijani-American relationships .
Overall, AAC has done and continues to do a lot of work in connecting Azerbaijani and Turkish communities in the US and representing the community on international level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Established in October 2006 in California and Texas, AAC became the first nationwide grassroots advocacy and academic outreach organization fully dedicated to the advancement of Azerbaijani and wider Turkic American causes. Over the past 7 years since its establishment, AAC has organized, led and participated in a number of successful educational programs on Azerbaijan, surrounding region and the U.S.-Azerbaijani relations across the universities in the U.S. and Canada. In partnership with Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA), the oldest Azerbaijani-American community organization, AAC established working relationships with student and academic groups at the University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Irvine campuses), Columbia University, George Washington University, the University of Toronto and other schools. The organization has also helped and guided the establishment of Azerbaijani Student Association at the University of California Irvine.

In collaboration with the leading Turkish American community groups, AAC has led the founding of the Pax Turcica Institute, an independent Turkic American advocacy platform in 2008. In the past 3 years, over 100 Pax Turcica articles were published in the U.S. and Canadian printed and online media. Over 25 legislative resolutions and executive proclamations on important subjects for Azerbaijani and Turkish Americans have been issued based on the Pax Turcica campaigns.

AAC has also been a pioneer in intercultural dialog programs for the Azerbaijani American community. In 2008, AAC partnered with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Orange County Turkish American Association (OCTAA) to organize the first ever Azerbaijani-Jewish-Turkish community forum titled "Building Bridges from the Caspian to the Mediterranean", which hosted the Los Angeles-based Consul Generals of Azerbaijan, Israel and Turkey.

AAC has also participated in a number of local festivals promoting Azerbaijani culture.