Demand A Review of the No Fly List Redress Process

Posted on September 15, 2016

At a time when “terrorist watch lists” have become a regular a part of public discourse - often in conjunction with the problematic “No Fly, No Buy” legislation - some leaders in Congress are working to make sure the government watch-listing process is reformed, and they need your support.  Leaked information from the government documents shows that Arab Americans and American Muslims are acutely impacted by government watchlisting. Dearborn, Michigan, a city with just 96,0000 residents a majority of which are Arab American Muslims, is the 2nd most watch-listed city in the U.S. Dearborn...

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Call on Congress to Increase Support for Refugee Resettlement

Posted on August 29, 2016

In September, President Obama and the United Nation’s General Assembly will both host summits to address the global refugee crisis.  The first-of-its-kind UN GA summit aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to address the large movements of refugees and migrants. It will provide the opportunity for Heads of State to create a blueprint for a better international response to the crisis. On September 20th, President Obama is hosting a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis to “galvanize significant new global commitments” to increase funding of humanitarian aid, to admit more refugees...

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Tell President Obama to Investigate the Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan

Posted on August 26, 2016
To date, the U.S. government has not condemned the killing of one of its citizens, nor has it called for a transparent and fair investigation into Mahmoud’s tragic death. Mahmoud’s family deserves to know what happened to their beloved son, as does every family who loses a child. It is time for Mahmoud's government to demand information and an investigation.
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Join Us For Arab American Leadership Days and Contact Your Member of Congress

Posted on April 19, 2016

For those who were unable to join us in D.C. for today's Arab American Leadership Days: Advocating for Justice, participate by contacting your member of Congress. 

We're not yet halfway through the year, yet 2016 has shown to be a vital year for Arab Americans. From the campaign trail, to Capitol Hill and the White House — programs that have direct impacts on Arab Americans are being proposed and enacted. 

Arab American leaders from across the country are participating in Arab American Leadership Days on April 19th and 20th to advocate for justice both on Capitol Hill and at the White House.  ...

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Call on Your Member to Oppose Anti-BDS Legislation, H.R.4514

Posted on March 16, 2016

There is a lot at stake for Palestinian rights and for our rights as American citizens when AIPAC hosts its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. next week.

We’ve partnered with our allies at the Jewish Voice for Peace to take on AIPAC’s #1 agenda item, the so-called “anti-BDS” bill. The bill is an attempt to redefine Israel’s borders and suppress the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Hidden in the language are backdoors that could reverse decades of U.S. policy towards Israeli settlements. AIPAC is pitching this bill to your Representative as a way make BDS illegal. And if...

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Ask RNC Chair Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on February 25, 2016

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last  year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted on February 22, 2016

This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase. Representative Cicilline is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.   Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law...

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