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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Palestine

Posted on May 16, 2015

Chilling attacks on free speech

Organizing American communities around justice for Palestine has historically been met by equally organized attempts to intimidate, harass, and exclude individuals and groups associated with such activities from mainstream political participation. Rooted in what we call the “politics of exclusion,” this “political racism” originally targeted Arab American organizing efforts. Today, the campaign to silence debate about U.S. policy toward the Israeli government, and criticism of Israeli policies, affects a diverse and growing coalition of communities. 

College campuses are in many ways...

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Iraq

Posted on May 16, 2015

The instability and violence that Iraq faced as a result of the 2003 U.S. war has been alarmingly exacerbated by the territorial gains and violence of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL’s military successes, coupled with the growing sectarian divisions within Iraqi society have eroded any progress in governance and civil society. The Arab American Institute continues to support U.S. policies that call for the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable government based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for democratic...

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#NoWaiverForIsrael

Posted on May 16, 2015

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of State to allow temporary visitors from certain countries to come to the United States without nonimmigrant visas. Central to the Visa Waiver Program is a provision that guarantees reciprocal travel privileges for American citizens seeking to visit that country.

Currently, there is both a congressional and joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State efforts to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. In particular, three of the bills exemption language that exempts Israel from the waiver requirement by lessening the reciprocity requirement for Israel to be...

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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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Syria

Posted on May 16, 2015

Over the past five years the Syrian conflict has taken a devastating toll on the Syrian people. The casualties are inherently difficult to record given the operational risks to international staff in Syria, so much so that the United Nations (UN) stopped counting the death toll after it reached 250,000. Other groups have reported death tolls between 250,000 and 470,000. The UN estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance (4.8 million of whom are trapped...

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