Posted on December 01, 2016Senator Casey (D-PA) and Senator Scott (R-SC) co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill titled “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016.” This bill uses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism and applies 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. At a time when hate crimes against minority communities have increased, it is imperative that our elected officials do not conflate criticisms of policies and political opposition with instances of hate. Read more
Posted on November 30, 2016On Monday, the Arab American Institute joined nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations to urge President Obama to take immediate action to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). Read more
Posted on October 18, 2016Being counted by the census is one of the most basic forms of inclusion in America. Support Adding a MENA Category to the U.S. Census! Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Posted on August 26, 2016To 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. Read more
Posted on June 13, 2016We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th. Read more
Posted on May 26, 2016Please write to your member and urge them to support the request for President Obama to create a “Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.” Read more
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. ...Read more