Pompeo’s bigotry unfit for Secretary of State

Posted by Ryan Suto on April 12, 2018 in Blog

The confirmation of CIA Director Michael Pompeo as Secretary of State would spell disaster for America’s diplomatic efforts throughout the world. Mr. Pompeo has an extensive history of anti-Muslim statements which are indicative of a deeply-held bias against the world’s 1.6 billion adherents of Islam. As a nominee for America’s top diplomat, this prejudice will undermine Pompeo’s ability to effectively advocate for U.S. interests abroad. Mr. Pompeo’s anti-Muslim bigotry alienates American Muslims and would undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts, prompting AAI to sign on to a letter opposing his nomination, along with more than 200 other organizations.

Following the 2013...

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Washington Watch: The Martin Luther King Jr. We Should Remember

Posted on April 07, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby

On April 4th, we commemorated the anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although it's been 50 years since that terrible day, like many in my generation I will never forget the horror we felt, the profound sense of loss we experienced, and the feeling that we were standing at the edge of an abyss. 

What followed in the days and months ahead, tragically validated our deepest fears. Rioting broke out in over 100 American cities, as traumatized African Americans rose up in shock and anger at the slaying of their beloved...

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 19: For America's Sake

Posted on April 06, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 212 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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SAALT “Communities on Fire” Report: Congressional Briefing on Hate Crime

Posted by Guest on March 23, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

“There is a direct relationship between the advancement of a political agenda and the rise of hate and bigotry,” Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) stated Wednesday on the Hill. The defacement of places of worship, physical and verbal assault, arson, and a number of other offenses have increased in number, especially in the wake of the 2016 election. Encouraged by President Trump’s rhetoric and policy agenda, an environment has been fostered in which hate and bigotry, though ever-present in this country, is publicly tolerated, and, at times, encouraged. In support of...

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ICE Virtual Dragnet: Social Media Vetting Briefing by the Brennan Center for Justice

Posted by Guest on February 21, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Social media, paired with discriminatory surveillance, has in recent years compromised a seemingly personal platform for thousands of Americans and immigrants. Last year, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE, branch of the Department of Homeland Security piloted a new program for the monitoring of social media for immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens. The Brennan Center for Justice gathered experts from the ACLU, Georgetown Law, 18 Million Rising, and the Center for Technology & Democracy on February 20 to discuss the threat to civil rights and liberties of ICE’s proposed next step in social media monitoring.

DHS has a...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 15: The Things We Didn’t Want to Hear

Posted on February 16, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 164 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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ACLU to receive Gibran Award at 20th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 07, 2018 in Blog

Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Thursday, April 26, 2018 J.W. Marriott1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception

6:30 GalaBlack Tie  Tickets 

 Sponsorships 

 Accommodations

 About the Awards 

 

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Protect the Civil Rights of All Americans; Tell the Senate Committee to Reject Kenneth Marcus’ nomination to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education

Posted on December 08, 2017 in Action Alerts

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing for nominees to serve in the Departments of Labor & Education, including Kenneth Marcus, nominee to lead the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education. 

As our political environment has seen an increase in racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-LGBTQ incidents, the OCR needs a director that can address these concerns without bias and with equal application of civil rights protections for all. Kenneth Marcus fails to meet this standard....

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Protect Civil Rights, Reject Kenneth Marcus’ nomination to the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 08, 2017 in Blog

This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing for nominees to serve in the Departments of Labor & Education, including Kenneth Marcus, nominee to lead the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education. 

As our political environment has seen an increase in racist, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-immigrant, anti-women, and anti-LGBTQ incidents, the OCR needs a director that can address these concerns without bias and with equal application of civil rights protections for all. Kenneth Marcus fails to meet this...

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SCOTUS allows Muslim Ban 3 to take full effect

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on December 06, 2017 in Blog

The Supreme Court released two identical, 1-page orders this week regarding Muslim Ban litigation. The effect of the orders is to allow the Presidential Proclamation, widely referred to as Muslim Ban 3, to temporarily take full effect, overruling a district court injunction out of Hawai’i and a restraining order from Maryland limiting the scope of the Ban. The orders came as identical 7-2 decisions with no explanations or reasoning. As a reminder, Muslim Ban 3 includes particular nationals of...

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