Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Rawan Elbaba/Jen Salan (202-429-9210).

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Civil Rights Protections at Risk Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts on Marginalized Communities

Posted on July 03, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Media Advisory 

For immediate release: July 3, 2017

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Civil Rights Protections at Risk

Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts on Marginalized Communities 

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on how proposed budget cuts will impact civil rights protections for marginalized communities on Thursday, July 6 at 10AM.  

Under the guise of fiscal conservatism and shrinking government, President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget makes cuts across all agencies but defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs. While discussion of proposed cuts is appropriate for policy debates, the...

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AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit

Posted on June 29, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:  “We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career...

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AAI Statement on Passing of Longtime AAI Friend and Ally Fred Rotondaro

Posted on June 29, 2017

Fred Rotondaro, an Italian American leader, died on June 26th. He was, by every measure, a remarkable man. What many may not realize is that he was also responsible with providing Arab Americans political access at a time, in the 1970s and 1980s, when many in Washington refused to work with our community. Fred always led by example and took the time to teach Arab American leaders the nuts and bolts of ethnic politics. He gave our community a boost when others would not. He was there for the...

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Statement on Sebastian Gorka

Posted on June 23, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 23, 2017

Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve as Deputy Assistant to President Trump:

“Sadly, Gorka’s views are all too well known to us. He has made demonization of Muslims his full-time job regardless of the title he holds or who he is speaking to. Although he’s never hid his horrific...

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Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

Posted on June 23, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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AAI Rejects OMB Nominee who Denigrated American Muslims & Islam

Posted on June 07, 2017

Today the Arab American Institute joined with Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Muslim Advocates to oppose the nomination of Russell Vought as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The letter below was sent to members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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Arab American Institute Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Posted on June 06, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  For Immediate Release Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee crisis we are witnessing today, Palestinians continue to be the largest displaced population in the world.

Despite being forced...

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James Zogby and Faith Leaders Discuss USCIRF Refusal to Address Israel’s Violations of Religious Freedom

Posted on April 26, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  For Immediate Release Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 James Zogby and Faith Leaders Discuss USCIRF Refusal to Address Israel’s Violations of Religious Freedom Washington, DC – On Wednesday, April 26, James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute who serves as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), was joined by Father Drew Christiansen of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary...

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Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukayu, Arc of the US, Biden Intiative's Greg Simon, journalist Steve Coll & artist Kamal Boullata

Posted on April 24, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION For immediate release Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with Spirit of Humanity Awards 19th Annual Event Honors: Hamdi Ulukaya, The Arc of the U.S., Greg Simon, Steve Coll & Kamal Boullata April 27, 2017 (Washington) – Tonight, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 19th annual Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence...

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