Please join us for our annual Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala that will be held on Friday, April 25th. Tickets are available online now.
As Israelis and Palestinians look back at the 20 years that have elapsed since their leaders signed the Oslo Accords in Washington, there are areas where their perceptions sharply differ, others in which they find agreement, and a few areas where the attitudes of both communities are somewhat conflicted.
AAI and the Yalla Vote campaign have launched a voter registration widget designed to make registering to vote easier than ever for our community. Simply enter your information into the secure online form and the widget will pull up all the appropriate forms for you to complete that are required by your state’s Board of Elections. Share it widely and Yalla Vote!
Countdown is AAI’s weekly take on what’s happening and what’s being said by candidates, officials, and pundits—here in DC and around the country.
Monday April 21, 2014
Many in our community know the story of 23-year-old NYPD cadet and 9/11 first responder, Mohamed Salman Hamdani, who lost his life at the World Trade Center. To this day, Hamdani, a first generation American Muslim from Pakistan, is still not listed at the 9/11 memorial as a first responder even though he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his city and fellow citizens. Now, after four years, Salman Hamdani is finally getting recognized for his bravery and sacrifice. Next Monday, in Bayside, Queens, a part of 204th street in Hamdani’s old neighborhood will be dedicated to his memory and co-named “Salman Hamdani Way.” Read More »
Friday April 11, 2014
Yesterday, the Arab American Institute and nine other civil and human rights organizations issued a statement in response to a proposed change to the Department of Justice’s guidance on the use of profiling by federal law enforcement officers. AAI, in addition to several coalition partners, has been advocating for changes to the DOJ’s guidance since 2003, to include a prohibition of profiling on the basis of national origin and religion and to close the national security loophole. Read More »
Friday April 11, 2014
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we are honored to have Martin Luther King III join us to accept a special recognition of his work and his family’s legacy, most especially the pioneering vision and leadership of his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More »
Monday April 07, 2014
When the Coca-Cola Company launched an ad campaign in 8 different languages, some saw controversy. When we saw the video of the young lady singing “America the Beautiful” in Arabic, our hearts melted. We are very excited to announce that Naya Salah, will be joining us to perform “America the Beautiful” in Arabic at this year’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala. Read More »