Affirming Free Speech for Some and At the Expense of Others

Posted by Suher Adi on October 23, 2018 in Blog

While it has been accepted that political speech is protected through the First Amendment, the current political climate is challenging this notion. Anti-BDS legislation has been passed in 25 state legislatures and is also currently pending in 12 other states. There is also legislation on the federal level, both the “Anti-Semitism Awareness” and “Israel Anti-Boycott” acts have been introduced as attempts to silence Palestinian human rights activists. Most recently with the recent appointment of Kenneth Marcus to the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Education (ED), the current political climate has...

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Countdown Vol 18 No 2: Moments That Make You Think

Posted on June 08, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 275 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 07, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education

Posted on June 07, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018

CONTACT: Jennifer Salan

jsalan@aaiusa.org / (202) 429-9210 

Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for Education 

Washington, DC - Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Senate’s confirmation of Kenneth Marcus as the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights for the Department of Education:  "Along straight party lines, the Senate voted today to confirm Ken Marcus as the head of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Education by a narrow...

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URGENT: Call your senators and urge them to oppose the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus

Posted on June 07, 2018 in Action Alerts

The Senate will vote on the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus today at 12:30pm. Marcus has been nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education.

His appointment would be a huge setback for civil rights protections in our academic environment. Marcus has been a longtime advocate for the adoption of an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. This is just one of the many ways his appointment would undermine civil rights protections in academia. See our letter for more details.

Throughout his career, Marcus has:...

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Fight Bigotry in the Classroom & #DefendDACA

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 06, 2017 in Blog

We like you have just heard the breaking news of the administration's intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions). More than 800,000 young people, including Arab Americans, will be devastated by this policy change. To keep our families whole, we need Congress to ACT NOW! Please take a moment to stand up for these families by asking your members to support the DREAM Act. You can do so by clicking here. Of course, as we stand up for DACA, we also need to prepare our students to...

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Hidden Damages: The Lasting Impact of Trump’s Budget on Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Posted by Guest on July 13, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

“One of the most damaging but least talked about components of Trump’s Budget is its proposal to terminate public service loan forgiveness.”

When asked what she was most concerned about with the new administration’s 2018 budget, SurvJustice founder Laura Dunn was clear: the elimination of the program that enabled her to pursue her passion and start a national nonprofit. A survivor of campus sexual assault herself, Dunn explained the lasting downfall of such a proposal during a congressional briefing held by AAI on July 6th. “We cannot have this generation rise up and work in public service...

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Scholarships, Internships – Opportunities Abound

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on February 10, 2017 in Blog

Every year, the Arab American Institute Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 grant to accomplished Arab American students. Known as the Helen Abbott Community Service Awards, these scholarships were made possible through a generous donation by Helen Abbot—a longtime friend of the Institute. Past awardees have been committed to serving their communities, excelled academically, and demonstrated a strong sense of pride in their Arab American identity. A dedicated humanitarian and philanthropist, Ms. Abbott spent her life committed to improving her community and helping others. After moving to Fort Pierce, Florida in 1989,...

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Arab Americans On Front Lines of Combatting Classroom Hate & Harassment

Posted by Joan Hanna on December 20, 2016 in Blog

Amidst the alarming trend of increased hate crimes and harassment in classrooms across America – Arab Americans are stepping up to help educate students and teachers in an effort to temper the problem. 

Shadi Matar, an AAI alumnus and current member of our National Policy Council, recently presented on Arab and Arab American culture at Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, California last week. The presentation was part of the school’s student-led Cultural Diversity Club. Alexandria Frank, a co-founder of the club, said her aim was to create a space for...

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Together We Came: Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 22, 2016 in Blog

Wildly successful economist, academic, journalist, author and consultant, Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, was no match for his 10-year-old daughter who revealed to him in an astute letter the one job where he wasn’t exceeding expectations: being her dad. This letter poignantly listed 22 milestones, “from her first day at school… to a Halloween parade,” that her father had missed that year due to his demanding work schedule. And just like that, El-Erian went from overseeing the management of almost $2 trillion of assets for PIMCO to co-scheduling a private father-daughter holiday with a...

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