Rights Ally Briefs AAI Interns

Posted by Hind Omar on June 17, 2016 in Blog

Community ally Sakira Cook stopped by the Arab American Institute on May 27 to talk with our interns about the fight to advance civil liberties. “I really like how she talked about anti Arab and anti Muslim discrimination. It’s personal for me because my boyfriend is Muslim and he travels a lot for work and he has a significant fear of the lack of repercussions for TSA agents’ unjust practices” said Hannah Locop, AAI’s Government Relations Intern. Cook serves as legal counsel at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and for the Leadership Conference’s Education Fund.  As...

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Standing with our LGBTQ Allies

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Press Releases

At this tragic moment, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families in the Orlando community. Our hearts are with our allies in the LGBTQ community who courageously have called for love in the face of hate. They are right. There should be no place for hatred and we must continue to stand together and for one another.  For those in our community who would like to support the Orlando community, Equality Florida Action, Inc. has launched a “Support Victims of Pulse Shooting”...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 18: A Rally Cry

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Due Process, Gun Control, Watch Lists & the Senate

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on June 16, 2016 in Blog

There are multiple pieces of gun control legislation that have been pieced together in response to the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. All four Senate proposals (and the potential compromise bill) are seeking to “keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” which is hardly a disagreeable goal; terrorists should not have guns, terrorists should be in jail. The Senate is expected to vote on them this Monday. However agreeable the goal of these bills are, the legal method by which the bills will deny constitutionally protected rights...

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Act Now to Protect Your Privacy: Require Oversight of the FBI’s Most Extensive Database Yet

Posted on June 13, 2016 in Action Alerts
We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th.
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For Cuomo, Free Speech Is Negotiable

Posted by Nadia Aziz on June 10, 2016 in Blog

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed an Executive Order that would prevent New York state funds from going to institutions or companies that support the global nonviolent “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement. 

By signing an Executive Order preventing state funds from being allocated to institutions that support BDS, New York is suppressing freedom of speech, expression, and association. On Sunday, Governor Cuomo prioritized the economic interests of a foreign ally over our Constitution’s First Amendment.

Numerous perspectives have been offered on this form of nonviolent advocacy — stirring a national conversation and debate on the merits,...

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Muhammad Ali: The Loss of a Champion

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 04, 2016 in Blog
As the world mourns the passing of civil rights icon and world-renowned athlete, Muhammad Ali, AAI President, James Zogby, remembered some of the special moments Ali shared with our community...
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 15: Look Who's Talking Now

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: All the talk surrounding AAI President Jim Zogby's appointment to the DNC platform committee; Questions regarding Trump's Muslim supporters; why TSA isn't the only problem for travelers this summer; and, another acquittal in Baltimore.
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 14: The Anniversary Edition

Posted on May 15, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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