Support Adding a MENA Category to the U.S. Census

Posted on April 11, 2017

We're asking for your help to address our community’s concerns including access to health and social services and expanding civil rights protection. Support the creation of the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) checkbox as an ethnicity category on the U.S. Census and other federal forms today.

In 2011, the MENA Advocacy Network was established to represent the interest of all communities from the MENA region in the U.S. Census. Since then, the Census Bureau has moved forward with testing a MENA category in time for the 2020 Census. Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is making its final decisions...

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Urge your Member to Support the No Hate Act

Posted on March 15, 2017

Despite a recent increase in hate crimes, law enforcement agencies are not required to report these crimes. In many instances, crimes that could be investigated as hate crimes are either not investigated as such or not charged as such. This can be for various reasons including that not all states have hate crime legislation or that local officers lack the proper training. These factors contribute to a serious underreporting of hate crimes. Today, amidst a wave of hate crimes...

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Take Action: Urge the New York State Assembly to Protect Free Speech

Posted on March 09, 2017

On March 8, 2017 the New York state Senate fast-tracked & passed three outrageous anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) bills. These bills are an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment freedom of speech and will have damaging effects on our efforts to organize around justice for Palestine both in our communities and on college campuses.

The Supreme Court has ruled that participating in a boycott is political speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Historically, boycotts have played a major role in U.S. history and the Supreme Court has defended that constitutional right.

Now that these three bills have been sent...

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Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted on February 24, 2017

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement of criminal, immigration, and customs laws do not engage in profiling. 

This...

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Advocate Locally During this Congressional Recess

Posted on February 13, 2017

Please take this Congressional recess to connect with your Member of Congress face-to-face, either through a constituent meeting or at a public event.

On February 18 – 26, Members of Congress will be in their home districts in order to connect with constituents like you. This is an important time to start advocating locally on the issues you care about most.

There are so many issues that your Member of Congress needs to know that you care about, but most especially he/she needs to hear your voice opposing the Muslim Ban...

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Stand Against Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Posted on January 27, 2017

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war and persecution. These...

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(Pt. 2) Urge Your Senator to Stand Behind President Obama’s Actions at the UN Security Council (Pt. 2)

Posted on January 11, 2017

There are now at least two bills in the U.S. Senate that threaten to defund the United Nations because of the passage of UNSC 2334: The "Safeguard Israel Act," a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz, will immediately defund the United Nations and any UN agency if UNSC 2334 is not repealed. S. Res 6, which condemns the recent UN Security Council resolution stating the illegality of Israeli settlements. This bill was introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and goes on to warn United Nations agencies that if they were to...

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Urge Your Member of Congress to Stand Behind President Obama’s Actions at the UN Security Council

Posted on January 04, 2017

Yesterday, the House and the Senate introduced legislation that would object to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as “as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.” H.R. 11 & S. Res 11 companion bill are unfounded and unwise criticisms of the Obama administration for abstaining from the UNSC resolution which condemned Israel for its settlements in the occupied West Bank. Contrary to what these bills (H.R. 11 & S.R. 11) say, they do NOT aim to support the peace process. That was made even more clear when...

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Urge Your Member of Congress to Support Free Speech

Posted on December 02, 2016
U.S. Representatives Roskam (R-IL) and Deutch (D-FL) introduced legislation that would infringe on free speech.HR 6421, the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016” conflates political opposition with instances of hate. This bill uses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism and applies it in domestic settings of schools and college campuses. It would expand the definition of Title VI protection to include criticism of Israel. This would threaten free speech.
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