Working with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in the Fight Against Hate

Posted by Guest on October 02, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Founded in 1963 by direction of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law fights to ensure the equal protection of and justice under the law, particularly for marginalized and under-protected groups. Following the election of President Trump and the ensuing rise of hate crimes across the country, the Lawyers Committee expanded their work to target hate crimes, both responding to reports of hate and attempting to prevent the crimes and incidents entirely. The new Stop Hate initiative seeks...

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AAI Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s third try at the Muslim Ban:  The Trump Administration’s attempt to window dress their Muslim Ban by presidential proclamation doesn’t fool anyone. The proclamation expands the xenophobic policies that discriminate against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. It’s no surprise that facing Supreme Court arguments the Trump Administration would try to play one more shell game to circumvent a potential ruling. Shamefully though, this third iteration of the Muslim Ban goes farther than the second version adding yet another Muslim-majority...

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Forty Four years ago today, an Arab American from Yemen gave his life for a just cause

Posted by Guest on August 15, 2017 in Blog

by Bob Fitch - Cesar Chaves leads funeral processionfor UFW martyr Nagi Daifullah, 1973 By Annie Riley Farm Workers Join Together “No other segment of our population is so poorly paid yet contributes so much to our Nation’s wealth and welfare,” said the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. This segment is our nation’s farm workers. In the 1960s and still to this day, the majority of the farm workers in the United States have been immigrants,...

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

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on August 09, 2017 in Blog

On Wednesday, August 9 AAI held a Congressional Briefing entitled "Trump’s Proposed Budget Increases: Civil Rights Protections at Risk." The event followed a previous AAI Congressional discussion about Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The speakers at the event detailed how the Trump administration has requested to both shift funding and add funding to specific areas of law enforcement which would give teeth to candidate Trump’s campaign rhetoric leading up to the 2016 presidential election. 

On criminal justice issues, Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress, noted that the Administration’s budget request is...

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John Gore’s Selection to Head DOJ Civil Rights Deserves More Attention

Posted by Guest on August 09, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure at the White House was akin to that of a roman candle exploding in the night. He was colorful. He was loud. He was made to entertain.

But he wasn’t here to stay. Like all good fireworks, the now-former communications director fizzled into the abyssal dark. He was luminous and ephemeral, and he captured the attention of us all. And perhaps that is exactly what he was meant to do to. For while everyone in this country knows the name Scaramucci, few have probably heard the name John Gore.

Gore recently replaced Tom Wheeler...

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Another Ban: Trump’s attack on LGBTQ Rights

Posted by Guest on August 03, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker Following the Muslim Ban, which bars the entrance of refugees and individuals from five Arab countries and Iran, all Muslim majority countries, Trump’s latest ban seeks to prevent transgender soldiers from serving in the U.S. military.  The ban was announced through a series of tweets on July 26, just over a year after Trump declared his LGBT- friendly credentials, also via Twitter. The decision to prevent the service of transgender military personnel in any...

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FY 2018: Proposed Cuts to Federal Rights Agencies

Posted by Guest on July 11, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

As a follow up to our recent congressional briefing, we have shared some additional information regarding the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year. This document (linked here and below) highlights some of the major reductions and eliminations to federal agencies entailed in the Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget request. While many have called the budget “dead on arrival,” it might be imprudent for us to dismiss the proposal outright, as it nonetheless provides a window into the administration’s top priorities moving forward.

The FY 2018 budget request allocates an additional...

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Will Put Civil Rights Protections at Risk

Posted by Guest on July 07, 2017 in Blog

Disguised as a platform geared toward fiscal conservatism and shrinking government, the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year targets the country’s most vulnerable populations by proposing cuts in the federal government’s infrastructure for the protection of civil rights and anti-discrimination. Spanning across key agencies including the Department of Labor, Justice, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed budget cuts come at a time when hate crimes have surged and the need for these protections has become greater. 

In order to discuss the scope of this budget’s implications...

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Analyst from CATO discusses criminal justice, civl liberties and counterterrorism

Posted by Guest on July 05, 2017 in Blog

By Waleed Alkoor

What do New York City, the most populated city in the U.S., and Dearborn, a small Michigan city with a sizable Arab population, have in common? They are the two most surveilled cities by the FBI. To the Arab American and American Muslim communities, surveillance in the post 9/11-era has long been a particular concern. 

To give us more background on the issue and to discuss the issues of criminal justice, civil liberties, and counterterrorism, we were joined by Adam Bates, policy analyst at the Cato Institute, for our second brown bag of the summer. Mr. Bates also...

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