Washington Watch: Senate Passes a Dumb and Dangerous Bill

Posted on December 06, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Last week, without debate or an actual vote, the US Senate stealthily passed a disturbing and dangerous piece of legislation introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA). Called "The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016" (AAA), the Scott-Casey bill requires the Department of Education (DOE) to apply the State Department's (DOS) definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating complaints of discrimination on US campuses.  The DOS definition of and guidelines on anti-Semitism were designed to help US officials monitor anti-Semitism abroad. They were not intended to be applied to police speech on college...

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Urge Your Member of Congress to Support Free Speech

Posted on December 02, 2016 in Action Alerts
U.S. Representatives Roskam (R-IL) and Deutch (D-FL) introduced legislation that would infringe on free speech.HR 6421, the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016” conflates political opposition with instances of hate. This bill uses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism and applies it in domestic settings of schools and college campuses. It would expand the definition of Title VI protection to include criticism of Israel. This would threaten free speech.
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Support Free Speech

Posted on December 01, 2016 in Action Alerts
Senator Casey (D-PA) and Senator Scott (R-SC) co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill titled “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016.” This bill uses the State Department definition of anti-Semitism and applies in domestic settings of schools and college campuses. It would expand the definition of Title VI protection to include criticism of Israel. This would threaten free speech. At a time when hate crimes against minority communities have increased, it is imperative that our elected officials do not conflate criticisms of policies and political opposition with instances of hate.
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Washington Watch: Standing Rock and Palestine: The Struggle for Justice is One

Posted on November 28, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Last week, I joined several hundred protesters in a sit-in in front of the Army Corps of Engineers' Headquarters in Washington, DC. We were protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline designed to daily transport over 500 thousand barrels of fracked oil southward to be refined.   The DC protest was part of an international day of solidarity with efforts led by Native Americans at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. In all, demonstrations were held in over 300 cities worldwide. On one level, the issues involved are presented as complicated matters...

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Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

Download here   For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS Coalition Calls on Obama to Dismantle Framework

  The Arab American Institute joined nearly 200 groups calling on the Administration of President Obama to do away with the framework of the discriminatory National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). Full text of the letter below:

November 21, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:...

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Is the FBI's Flawed Terrorist Intervention Program Really Cancelled? There's Reason to Believe “Shared Responsibility Committees” Are Still Alive

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on November 03, 2016 in Blog

While the U.S. government continues to promote its “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) agenda to combat ISIS recruitment in the United States, we were told this week that the Department of Justice is cancelling one of its core programs. Called “Shared Responsibility Committees” (SRCs), this program was conceived and beta-tested by the FBI earlier this year. However, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that SRCs may have been cancelled in name only. Initial news of the SRC program was leaked via a letter sent to prospective SRC employees. In subsequent meetings between government stakeholders and Arab &...

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 8: This is Literally the Final Countdown

Posted on November 03, 2016 in Countdown
This week on the FINAL Countdown: the election's home stretch, police reform, and standing with Standing Rock
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 7: 12 DAYS!

Posted on October 27, 2016 in Countdown

Countdown Vol. 15 No. 5: Look Who's Involved Now

Posted on October 13, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: FBI informant program's GO TO source for informants is revealed; US wades in new waters in Yemen & Syria, + new US support for refugees
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 4: Color Me Shocked

Posted on October 06, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: The VP debate's unexpected outcomes, an unconvincing end to an FBI program, Congress regrets JASTA already, the two state solution takes a new beating, and CIA torture finds new tactics and new lows.
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