Whether Sanctuary or 4th Amendment, American Cities Stand for Immigrants

Posted by Ali Albassam on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the first steps in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to “defund sanctuary cities” on Monday. In the White House briefing room, Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would "claw back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction" if the Administration believes it is not abiding by federal immigration laws. Despite many media sources depicting Sessions’ announcement as “Breaking News”, the reality is that this is nothing new and may be more of a scare tactic than anything. Sessions announced no new policies, but rather reaffirmed the continuation of...

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Urge the New York State Assembly to Protect Free Speech

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

On March 8, 2017 the New York state Senate fast-tracked & passed three outrageous anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) bills. These bills are an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment freedom of speech and will have damaging effects on our efforts to organize around justice for Palestine both in our communities and on college campuses.

The Supreme Court has ruled that participating in a boycott is political speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Historically, boycotts have played a major role in U.S. history and the Supreme Court has defended that constitutional right.

Now that these three...

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Faith Leaders Oppose New Travel Ban

Posted by Guest on March 06, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib

 Raneem Alkhatib is a Spring 2017 intern at the Arab American Institute.

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Congress Must Enact the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act

Posted by Guest on February 28, 2017 in Blog

By Basseem Maleki

In 2011, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 – an ambitious bill designed to prevent racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. It was never put to a vote in the 112th Congress; however, this did not stop Senator Cardin from reintroducing the legislation in the 113th and 114th Congress. Time and again, Congress failed to enact the bill. Despite these fruitless attempts, Senator Cardin has reintroduced this legislation to the 115th Congress with one major update – the necessary inclusion of religion in the bill’s title. On...

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

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 27, 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 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 of...

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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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