Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 24, 2017 in Blog

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement...

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Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 08, 2017 in Blog
Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas
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Advocacy Road Map

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 20, 2017 in Blog

The worsening trend of the U.S. government treating Arab Americans and American Muslims as communities solely defined by national security is a trend that stands  to accelerate under the incoming Trump administration. There is a way that the 3.7 million Arab Americans, 35% of whom are Muslim, can strategically fight back on key issues where national security drivers infringe on our civil rights: Policy_Buttons_16.jpg

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Facebook Censorship Remains Problematic Despite Response to Coalition Concerns

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on January 19, 2017 in Blog
Last Fall, the Arab American Institute joined more than 70 civil rights organizations in pushing Facebook to explain and improve its censorship of content. Many activists from social justice movements like the Black Lives Matter movement, the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors, and the Palestinian solidarity movement have complained about content being removed from Facebook without cause. When challenged about the troubling censorship Facebook cited Community Standards, but we wrote to demand more information and improved practices.
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SCOTUS Should Affirm Constitutional Rights Are For All

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 18, 2017 in Blog

The Obama Justice Department will spend its final 48 hours fighting against the rights of post-9/11 detainees at the Supreme Court later today in the case of Ziglar v Abbasi. At stake is the ability of the detainees to challenge unconstitutional policies by seeking damages from federal officials. The case itself stems from the post 9/11 roundup of hundreds, often based on nothing more than unfounded reports, discrimination, or outright bias. In fact, a Justice Department IG later rebuked officials for the “indiscriminate and haphazard” way in which they erroneously classified many of these individuals as terror suspects....

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Meet Trump's Cabinet Nominees

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Over the course of the next several weeks, the U.S. Senate will hold confirmation hearings for many of President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for Cabinet positions and key Ambassadors. Click on the links below for background on each nominee, the responsibilities he or she would be taking on if confirmed, and the pressing questions the Arab American Institute wants each nominee to answer before the Senate and the U.S. public. [posted in order of their confirmation hearings]

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AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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AAI's Questions for Rep. Mike Pompeo at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rep. Mike Pompeo will will appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:00am. Watch online here Mike Pompeo is a Congressman of Kansas’ 4th district since 2011. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After leaving active duty, he graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Pompeo serves on two major committees: Energy and...

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President Obama Dismantles NSEERS Ahead of New Administration

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on December 22, 2016 in Blog

The Department of Homeland Security announced today its rescission of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. DHS called for “the removal of regulations relating to special registration process for certain nonimmigrants.” With only a few weeks left in office, the dismantling of NSEERS by President Obama is powerful as it upends the incoming administration’s plans to revive the program.  The Arab American Institute, along with over 200 coalition members have worked tirelessly towards dismantling NSEERS because of its discriminatory nature. In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, NSEERS came into effect...

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