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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Arab American Representative Leads a Policy Response to Rising Xenophobia

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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Press Release: James Zogby and Faith Leaders Discuss USCIRF Refusal to Address Israel’s Violations of Religious Freedom

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 26, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  For Immediate Release Contact: / 202-429-9210 James Zogby and Faith Leaders Discuss USCIRF Refusal to Address Israel’s Violations of Religious Freedom Washington, DC – On Wednesday, April 26, James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute who serves as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), was joined by Father Drew Christiansen of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus of the...

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