In collaboration with Impact Media Partners, AAI hosted a screening of “1948: Creation and Catastrophe,” a film about the Nakba and the toll Israel’s creation took on Palestinian society. More than 60 people attended the screening at the Hill Center near Capitol Hill. The film’s co-directors Andy Trimlett and Ahlam...
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Washington Watch: American Racism is in the Open, So Is the Fight Against It
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
I was having lunch this week with an Arab friend and before long, as expected, the conversation turned to Donald Trump, the impact he is having on our political life and the world's perception of America and the American people.
He clearly understood the degree to which Trump's election, his policies, and his all too frequent acts of incitement have helped to fuel hostility toward America's basic institutions and many forms of bigotry – racism, hostility toward immigrants and refugees, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. At one point, however, he surprised me by saying "There's also silver lining to what Trump has done." "What silver lining?" I asked. He went on to explain that as a long-time observer of the American scene. Continue Reading...
"As I work toward commemorating Nizar Qabbani, I like to imagine having known him in person." — Leila Khoury (Cleveland, OH)
"The experience of hosting my own radio show has proved to be not only enthralling, but therapeutic as well." — Dr. Ramzi Salti (Stanford, CA)
"Never give up hope. No matter the struggle, wherever you are around the world." — Alaa Basatneh (Des Plaines, IL)
"The ‘I Can’t Breathe’ PAC is an…attempt to bring us together for a righteous cause" — Tarik Mohamed (Brooklyn, NY)
"The narrative following 9/11 was ‘Them versus Us’ and all of a sudden I was them and us." — Rania Matar (Boston, MA)
"Starting Dunia Health helped me realize that if you really want something, you’ll find a way to make it happen." — Batoul Abuharb (Houston, TX)
The Arab American Institute is accepting applications for our Spring 2019 Internship Program. As we approach a new year, a new Congress, and the 2020 elections, AAI has plenty of exciting and important work ahead. If you are looking for hands-on experience in civil rights advocacy, public policy, and civic...
On November 13, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report for 2017 based on data collected under the Hate Crime Statistics Act. Here at the Arab American Institute, we have identified improving the data collected in the FBI's annual report as a top-line priority for 2019. For more...
After all the votes were tallied, the November 6th midterm election ushered in a new group of leaders to serve at all levels of government. Many of these leaders—some reelected, some in different positions, and others who are newly elected—are Arab Americans, and their successful elections mean greater representation in local...