URGENT: Call your senators and urge them to oppose the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus

Posted on June 07, 2018

The Senate will vote on the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus today at 12:30pm. Marcus has been nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education.

His appointment would be a huge setback for civil rights protections in our academic environment. Marcus has been a longtime advocate for the adoption of an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. This is just one of the many ways his appointment would undermine civil rights protections in academia. See our letter for more details.

Throughout his career, Marcus has:...

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TAKE ACTION – Legislation Introduced to Shut Down Free Speech Critical of Israel

Posted on May 23, 2018

A bicameral bill was introduced in the House and Senate that seeks to restrict criticism of Israel at the expense of our First Amendment protected right to free speech. Introduced in the House as H.R.5924 by Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Doug Collins (R-GA), and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and in the Senate as S.2940 by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the legislation includes an overly broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel.  

Entitled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, the bill does not actually...

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Protect the Civil Rights of All Americans; Tell the Senate Committee to Reject Kenneth Marcus’ nomination to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education

Posted on December 08, 2017

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing for nominees to serve in the Departments of Labor & Education, including Kenneth Marcus, nominee to lead the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education. 

As our political environment has seen an increase in racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-LGBTQ incidents, the OCR needs a director that can address these concerns without bias and with equal application of civil rights protections for all. Kenneth Marcus fails to meet this standard....

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Tell Congress to Lift Restrictions on the Palestinian DC Office

Posted on November 21, 2017

The Trump Administration is threatening to shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) General Delegation office in Washington, DC, in the false premise that the Palestinians are making unilateral moves that undermine the possibility of peace. In reality, it’s Israel, through continued occupation and expansion of settlements, that is undermining the possibility of peace. Tell Congress that the attack on the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the US is misguided.

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Urge Your Members of Congress to Promote Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children

Posted on November 19, 2017

This week, Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced HR 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. This bill aims to prevent US aid to Israel from supporting the detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military prison. Please take a few moments to urge your Representative to support this important human rights bill.

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Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

Posted on November 16, 2017

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of living under Israeli military occupation. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city.

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Tell your Members of Congress to Attend ‘Open Bethlehem’ Screening

Posted on November 08, 2017

On December 12th, AAI will host a screening of ‘Open Bethlehem,’ a film that aims to bring the story of Bethlehem to millions around the world, including the reality of Bethlehem's Christian Community and the challenges they face to stay in their hometown. Urge your senators and your representative to attend the screening on Capitol Hill, and the following discussion featuring a resident of the city. Leila Sansour, a filmmaker who comes from one of the oldest Christian families in Bethlehem will be sharing her film as well as her experiences documenting the events of the last decade in Bethlehem...

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Tell Congress to Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver

Posted on October 16, 2017

We have joined several other organizations in a letter to Congress asking them to rescind the Muslim Ban immediately. Sign on to the petition here.

The Trump administration has once again rolled out a new version of its Muslim ban, although this time it has no end date. 

The American people rejected Trump’s bans and rallied at airports across the country in January. Several court decisions have struck down Trump’s un-Constitutional and un-American attempts to turn the President’s campaign promise of “a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States” into policy.

Yet,...

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#DefendDACA now by supporting the Dream Act

Posted on September 05, 2017

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions) was the response to a broken political system that failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was a way to provide relief to more than 800,000 young people who are American in every way but their papers. The decision by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA demonstrates that instead of leading and doing what is best for our country and these young Dreamers, the administration is treating them as political bargaining chips. We need you to take a few minutes now to demand that Congress act to pass the Dream Act S.1615/H.R.3440.

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