2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Posted on April 26, 2018
There is no ethnic category for Arab Americans on the U.S. Census. This has led to a significant undercount of the community, creating barriers to many basic rights and services. While the Census Bureau estimates the number of Arab Americans in the United States is 1.9 million, the Arab American Institute estimates the total is actually closer to 3.7 million. Federal data on Arab Americans is obtained through ancestry data from the American Community Survey, a yearly survey that collects economic, social, demographic and housing information from a small sample of the general population. While helpful, this approach is incomplete.
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Posted on January 25, 2017
Learn how we can fight to keep immigrants and refugees safe. We have THREE LOCAL ACTIONS you can take.
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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Posted on November 04, 2015

Background

In 2011, the White House released the “Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.” The plan was introduced as a domestic counter-terrorism strategy in response to the recruitment efforts of organizations such as Al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This report became the foundation for the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism programs, or CVE. 

CVE gained increased attention and support in 2015 after the...

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Yalla Vote Toolkit

Posted on July 03, 2015
National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2015 and the Arab American Institute’s #YallaVote campaign is seeking your help in our civic engagement and voter education.
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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Posted on May 16, 2015

Civil liberties are personal freedoms granted to all United States citizens by the U.S. Constitution; these include freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, right to privacy, right to a fair trial, and equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, these rights are not always applied equally and consistently. This is especially the case with minority and immigrant communities. Individuals within these population subsets are subject to arbitrary profiling and unlawful surveillance...

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Free Speech

Posted on May 16, 2015

Chilling attacks on free speech

In the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed America’s “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” This legal tradition of protecting political speech necessarily includes foreign governments and public officials, as well, as their policies are central to how our federal government interacts with other nations across...

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Hate Crimes

Posted on May 16, 2015

Standing against bias

Signs indicate that hate crimes are on the rise in American communities. In recent years, the United States has suffered a spate of incidents garnering national media coverage, including: the 2015 murder of nine African American worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; the 2015 murder of three Arab American Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC; the 2016 murder of Arab American Khalid Jabara on the front porch of...

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Lebanon

Posted on May 16, 2015
Read and download AAI's latest report on the stakes in Lebanon.
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