The Deeply Flawed Watch Listing Process and "No Fly, No Buy" Debate

Posted by Leila Elaqad on August 31, 2016 in Blog

Following the June 2016 shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, a new debate over gun control measures was sparked in Congress. The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, had previously been under FBI investigation on two separate occasions, and at one point had been placed on a government terrorist watch list. In light of this, many Democrats called for what they nicknamed, a “No Fly, No Buy” gun control bill, suggesting this measure would have prevented Mateen from purchasing the weapon he used to kill 49 innocent people in Orlando. “No Fly, No Buy” proponents advocated...

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Tell President Obama to Investigate the Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan

Posted on August 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
To date, the U.S. government has not condemned the killing of one of its citizens, nor has it called for a transparent and fair investigation into Mahmoud’s tragic death. Mahmoud’s family deserves to know what happened to their beloved son, as does every family who loses a child. It is time for Mahmoud's government to demand information and an investigation.
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Khalid Jabara: Victim of Hate and Negligence

Posted on August 22, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby One week ago, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stanley Vernon Majors murdered his next door neighbor, 37 year old Khalid Jabara. He shot Khalid dead on the front porch of the Jabara home. It was a horrific crime, but it could have been prevented. As I have reflected on the developments leading up to this murder, I have been both saddened and outraged, because while there is no doubt that Majors pulled the trigger, there are others who share varying degrees of culpability for this violent act.   Majors was a sick hate-filled man who for...

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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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