Rediscovering Nagi Daifallah 43 Years After His Death

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on August 15, 2016 in Blog

Courtesy: Happy Arab News I had never heard the name Nagi Daifallah before. Not growing up. Not in school. Not in my history books. Never. Yet his story is distinctly American as it reflects our history of immigrants who came to this country with few profitable skills, but have had a lasting impact on the social and political fabric of American society. As a Yemeni immigrant who was a leader in the United Farm Workers (UFW), Nagi was fighting in solidarity with...

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Our Thoughts Are With the Jabaras

Posted by Arab American Institute on August 13, 2016 in Blog

At this tragic time, our thoughts are with the family of Khalid Jabara. We will continue to work to ensure justice is done in Khalid’s name. Sadly, hate crimes against Arab Americans, American Muslims or those perceived to be are becoming all too common. We call upon our nation’s leaders and those who seek to lead our nation to reject xenophobia in all its forms. We cannot give any quarter to those who seek to divide us by race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.  

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DNC 2016: Civil Liberties/Detention

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"The Democratic Party remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay and ending indefinite detention without trial or conviction. Keeping the facility open is a blemish on our record, serves as a recruiting tool for extremists, and undermines our standing in the world."

"We will always seek to uphold our values at home and abroad, not just when it is easy, but when it is hard. That is why President Obama banned torture without exception in his first week in office and why Democrats condemn Donald Trump’s statements that he would engage in torture and other war...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 21: Guess Who's Back, Back Again

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Countdown
95 days until the Election! This week on Countdown: convention chaos, Israeli settlement controversy, voting rights wins, CVE in the classroom + more!
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AAIF Hosts "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion" at the 2016 DNC Convention

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 28, 2016 in Blog

As Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explained, "what you hear from a lot of Americans ever since 9/11 is, 'Don't we have to give up a little liberty in order to be safe?'... as if giving up liberty is going to make us safe." This fundamental question set the tone for the Arab American Institute Foundation's panel,  "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Time of Suspicion" at the Democratic National Convention. As part of an effort to bring civil rights and civil liberties issues to the...

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Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention

Posted on July 12, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        July 12, 2016            Contact: Media Advisory   Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention Panel to Address Profiling, Surveillance and Due Process Washington, DC – On Wednesday, July 27 at 1PM, the Arab American Institute Foundation will host a panel discussion, “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion.” The session, held at the National Constitution Center at Independence Mall, will outline current policy concerns and offer meaningful solutions for delegates and the Philly community. Panelists...

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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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