Posted on August 23, 2017 in Hate Crimes
We're collaborating with community partners across the nation to #ReportHate. Launched in response to the rising tide of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry, and the under-reporting of hate crimes and incidents against our community, #ReportHate establishes working groups in key states consisting of community leaders and organizations from Arab American and allied communities. The Project encourages communities and individuals to work with their elected officials to strengthen hate crime laws and encourage reporting through official avenues. Our community-driven approach delivers a tailored strategy for each working group based on local needs, an acknowledgment...
Posted on April 19, 2016 in Action Alerts
For those who were unable to join us in D.C. for today's Arab American Leadership Days: Advocating for Justice, participate by contacting your member of Congress.
We're not yet halfway through the year, yet 2016 has shown to be a vital year for Arab Americans. From the campaign trail, to Capitol Hill and the White House — programs that have direct impacts on Arab Americans are being proposed and enacted.
Arab American leaders from across the country are participating in Arab American Leadership Days on April 19th and 20th to advocate for justice both on Capitol Hill and at the White House. ...Read more
Posted on March 16, 2016 in Action Alerts
There is a lot at stake for Palestinian rights and for our rights as American citizens when AIPAC hosts its annual advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. next week.
We’ve partnered with our allies at the Jewish Voice for Peace to take on AIPAC’s #1 agenda item, the so-called “anti-BDS” bill. The bill is an attempt to redefine Israel’s borders and suppress the non-violent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Hidden in the language are backdoors that could reverse decades of U.S. policy towards Israeli settlements. AIPAC is pitching this bill to your Representative as a way make BDS illegal. And if...Read more
Posted on February 25, 2016 in Action Alerts
The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.
Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 18, 2016 in Blog
The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has left a large void on the bench for conservatives. A champion of “originalism,” Justice Scalia, changed the way we discussed and debated the Constitution. Scalia advocated for the original meaning of the Constitution as opposed to treating it as a living, breathing document that slowly evolves with the times. His use of rhetorical extremes, and a form of argument he called “reduction to the absurd,” often shocked, alienated, and offended readers. While his piercing prose will forever remain in the...Read more
Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts
In the wake of the tragic San Bernardino attacks, many American Muslims have been the targets of hate crimes and hate speech. While some presidential candidates and public officials have exploited a climate of fear and engaged in hateful rhetoric, Representative Beyer (D-VA-8) introduced House Resolution 569 to condemn the violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States. Representative Beyer has been joined by over 100 colleagues in the House of Representatives who co-sponsor the Resolution to express their condolences for victims of hate crimes, confirm their dedication to the rights and dignity of all...Read more
Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts
On January 20, 2016, the Senate will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France. While this bill seeks to enhance our national security, in reality, it tastelessly takes advantage of the recent tragedies in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California to strengthen the politics of fear, and seeks to enforce additional security requirements on the U.S. admission of Syrian refugees. The reality is that the U.S. already implements the most...Read more
Posted on December 08, 2015 in Action Alerts
The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. In September, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community based advocacy organizations and wrote to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office. Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and state on...Read more
Posted on December 01, 2015 in Action Alerts
Posted by Arab American Institute on November 20, 2015 in Blog
It’s been nearly a week since the tragic attacks on Paris and some U.S. officials, particularly presidential candidates, have reacted to the events with tired bigotry and hateful statements. We have seen bigotry before, but this level is a new low and these officials need to be held accountable. Despite the robust vetting process, many have doubled down on the misinformed and bigoted rhetoric that refugees are not vetted and pose security threats to the United States. Listed below is some of the worst rhetoric we have heard directed at Syrian refugees and American Muslims. Join us...Read more