Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted on June 07, 2018 in Press Releases

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June 7, 2018

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

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The Danger of Trump’s Assertion of the Self-Pardon

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 04, 2018 in Blog
The Danger of Trump’s Assertion of the Self-Pardon
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2018 Leadership Days Focus on Coalition Building

Posted by Guest on April 26, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer Since its founding, the Arab American Institute has made it a priority to amplify the voices of the Arab American community. In the spirit of this week’s Kahlil Gibran Awards, and the essence of giving back and engaging with the community, the first of our two-day Arab American Leadership Day Conference gathered Arab Americans from across the nation to take part in a series of critical panels and policy discussions. Experts from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Representative Betty McCollum’s office, and USAID, joined us to discuss...

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Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with “Spirit of Humanity Awards” 20th Anniversary

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 26, 2018 in Blog

(Washington) – Tonight, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 20th annual Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion in all walks of life. The awards are named for the author of The Prophet, whose message of human endurance and triumph was so evident in his life and work. The awards further symbolize Gibran’s pride in his Arab heritage, respect for the freedom he found in...

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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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