Posted by Shadi Matar on April 06, 2016 in Blog
As the primary season continues, many voters in California are gearing up to register as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July. California’s Democratic Party has already received 4,600 applications for 317 district level delegate spots. The state’s Republican Party has received over 1,000 applications for its 172 delegates to their convention. The number of applicants so far is already five times the number in 2012.
If you want to apply, April is the month to do it. The parties have various deadlines in the coming...Read more
Posted on April 04, 2016 in Washington Watch
Posted by Joan Hanna on April 01, 2016 in Blog
AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.
Posted by Kevin Hack on March 29, 2016 in Blog
Wouldn’t it be the greatest stroke of irony if the United States Refugee Resettlement Program was shut down by the child of a refugee that resettled in the United States? Senator Cruz doesn’t think so. Or maybe he does and just believes that the universe is guided by ironic twists of fate.
Last week, after calling for the policing and surveillance of all Muslim communities, a statement which out-controversy-ed even Donald Trump, Senator Cruz issued a letter to the Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS) insinuating poor performance on the part of the Refugee Resettlement Program...Read more
Posted on March 28, 2016 in Washington Watch
Posted by Shadi Matar on March 25, 2016 in Blog
AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters. Arizona and Utah Voters Face Troubles on Primary Day This past Tuesday, three key western states (Utah, Arizona, and Idaho)...Read more
Posted by Kevin Hack on March 24, 2016 in Blog
As his nomination to be the Republican Party’s candidate of choice becomes increasingly more likely, critics of Donald Trump have continued to emphasize the decidedly bigoted nature of his “security” proposals, specifically as they pertain to Latino and Muslim Americans. Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. Trump’s strongest remaining competition for the Republican nomination, has been gaining reluctant support from the Republican Party. Sen. Cruz’s own record, within and beyond the Senate, has hardly been without its own examples of bigoted behavior. With the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) conference in...Read more
Posted on March 22, 2016 in Press Releases
March 22, 2016 With the rest of the world, Arab Americans mourn the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning, we are all traumatized by the violence we are seeing around the world and this is a time for Americans to stand together. We cannot allow ourselves to be divided by pandering political candidates. We cannot turn our backs on what makes us Americans. Ted Cruz's call for 'empowering law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized’ stands starkly against all that our Constitution embodies and is a rabbit hole we cannot go down. He...Read more
Posted by Kristin McCarthy on March 22, 2016 in Blog
The following are excepts from speeches given by 2016 Presidential candidates at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Video of each speech is available on CSPAN here. AAI tracks and records candidates' statements on 12 key issues for the Arab American community. Go to our Election Central for candidate profiles.Read more
Posted by Kristin McCarthy on March 18, 2016 in Blog
Headlines are making a big deal out of the list of national security advisors the Ted Cruz campaign announced this week, rightly pointing out that some names on the list including Frank Gaffney easily qualify as “fringe conservatives.” It’s worth remembering that Ted Cruz is very appropriately described as a “fringe conservative” himself. Since the beginning of his political career, Cruz has sold himself as an defiant outcast and agitator of the establishment Republican Party. A hardline Tea Party man. Unwilling to compromise with anyone,...Read more