Washington Watch: Our Original Sins

Posted on May 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
In some of my writings, I have observed the way the US has, for centuries, absorbed countless waves of immigrants from many continents transforming them, in short order, into Americans—comparing this to the European situation which does not, as a rule, provide the same opportunities for advancement and inclusion.
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Shining a Light on Teachers: Melody Arabo Excels

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 06, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans can be found in all professions and industries, so it should come as no surprise that many of them shine in the field of education. For the past three years, Michigan’s Department of Education has selected teachers, who happen to be Arab American, as Teacher of the Year. Melody Arabo is one of these, honored with the title in 2015 and for good reason. Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in Walled Lake, Michigan for the last 14 years. Recognized for...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 12: Hey There, Ho There, Do We Have to Go There?

Posted on May 05, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 11: Finish Line (Barely) in Sight

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Airline Bigotry: Comical and Real

Posted by Nadia Aziz on April 21, 2016 in Blog

Reports of discrimination against Arab Americans and American Muslims on flights have become so common they are becoming comical, literally. Major outlets online and on air are now using the incidents as skit material. (Well worth checking out if you haven’t already.) But one U.S. Senator doesn’t see the incidents as a laughing matter and we agree.  Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has written to President and CEO of Airlines for American (A4A), the trade organization representing U.S. based airlines. Expressing concern over several reports of...

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No Free Speech on Palestine

Posted on April 07, 2016 in Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Out of all the ways that freedom of speech is being chilled worldwide, the campaign in the U.S. to shut down the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is just another example of how champions of censorship are willing to throw the baby out with the bath water. The petition New York State Senators handed to the City University of New York just last week typifies this. On the charge of BDS advocates creating a “hostile environment” on campus, the petition’s backers are signing up to sacrifice freedom of speech and undermine the very...


No, the “C” in CVE doesn’t stand for yet another convening

Posted on April 07, 2016 in Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

It’s been a tough two weeks for our government’s salesmanship of “Countering Violent Extremism” programs. CVE’s first foray into actual programming at the federal level was a disaster, but the Department began “beta-testing” something called “Shared Responsibility Committees,” (SRCs) last week and they are what CVE is really about. And because CVE lacks rationality in the first place, SRCs have been roundly criticized because they’re a disaster in the making. The intellectuals and pundits  in the counter terrorism community are beginning to catch on to one of CVE’s many problems—CVE is trying to solve a problem that...


Trouble Comes, As Trouble Goes Vol. 14 No. 10

Posted on March 16, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: South Carolina's Sheheen Family

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 23, 2016 in Blog

On Saturday, Republican voters had the chance to make their voice heard in the South Carolina Presidential Primary. Donald Trump won the state by 10 percentage points, sweeping all 50 delegates, in the winner-take-all delegate system. Unlike the Republican delegate system, Democrats will vote this Saturday, February 27th, and South Carolina’s 53 delegates will be awarded to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders proportionate to the primary vote count. Black voters will play a powerful role, as they did in the 2008 primary, comprising 55% of voters in the Democratic Party...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted on February 22, 2016 in Action Alerts

This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase. Representative Cicilline is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.   Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law...

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