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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Posted on May 16, 2015

  Background Moving into its 8th tragic year, the conflict in Syria continues to take a heavy toll on the Syrian people. It is impossible to get an accurate count of the casualties of the Syria war, but some estimates put the death toll at over half a million people. An estimated 5.4 million people have fled Syria, and more than six million have been displaced inside the country. While the Assad regime and its allies...

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Surveillance – AAI

Posted on May 16, 2015

Discriminatory scrutiny, mass dragnet The civil rights and civil liberties of the Arab American community have been acutely impacted by the U.S. government’s national security approach that treats Arabs and Muslims as security threats. Because of this framework, federal and state governments have pursued aggressive national security surveillance programs to stop the threat of U.S.-based recruitment efforts of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). Though no evidence exists to suggest this is...

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Posted on May 16, 2015
Read and download AAI's latest report on the stakes in Lebanon.
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Domestic Implications of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted on April 29, 2015

Download the issue brief here.

Background 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 community organizing efforts. In one tragic instance, it became deadly with the firebombing of advocates’ offices, and the murder of Palestinian...

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Arab American Generations

Posted on March 12, 2015

Each month, AAI’s Generations series brings together Arab American professionals in the Washington, DC area to celebrate, learn, and network with one another. From college interns to seasoned professionals, Generations convenes talented, passionate Arab Americans from all professional backgrounds to learn from one another. The Arab American community in DC is a valuable resource for new professionals as well as a platform for our brightest leaders to develop the next generation of Arab American stars.

The Arab American Institute exists to empower Arab Americans as leaders in their community and...

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AAI Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 19, 2015

Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.

  A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over...

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2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala Awardees

Posted on February 02, 2015

 2015 Gala Homepage

The Honorable Michael E. Baroody

Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Michael Baroody has served his country and his community both as a diligent and valued government servant and as someone who has achieved global recognition for his role in shaping positions of America’s corporations on critical issues. He began his career in the United States Navy, and then entered politics working first for Nebraska Senator Roman Hruska...

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2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted on January 28, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015Omni Shoreham Hotel2550 Calvert Street, NW Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception

6:30 GalaBlack Tie   Tickets & Sponsorship

2015 Awardees 

 About the Awards   honoring     Michael Baroody Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service  ...

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Todays Middle East: Pressures and Challenges

Posted on December 15, 2014

Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...

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