Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 24, 2017 in Blog

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement...

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Washington Watch: Trump/Netanyahu Meet: an Exercise in Fawning, Fantasy, and Anti-Palestinian Incitement

Posted on February 18, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with US President Donald Trump was overshadowed by dramatic and unsettling events that preceded and followed their perfectly bizarre press conference.   The week began with the forced resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and revelations of extensive communications between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence—revealing a White House in disarray, operating under a dark cloud of suspicion. The day after the Trump/Netanyahu joint press event was dominated by reactions to Trump's solo press conference—an unprecedented incoherent and, at times, paranoid affair that left...

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Advocate Locally During this Congressional Recess

Posted on February 13, 2017 in Action Alerts

Please take this Congressional recess to connect with your Member of Congress face-to-face, either through a constituent meeting or at a public event.

On February 18 – 26, Members of Congress will be in their home districts in order to connect with constituents like you. This is an important time to start advocating locally on the issues you care about most.

There are so many issues that your Member of Congress needs to know that you care about, but most especially he/she needs to hear your voice opposing the Muslim Ban...

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Washington Watch: It’s Not Just a Muslim Ban, It’s Much Worse

Posted on February 04, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby With a stroke of the pen on a misdirected and, I believe, malicious Executive Order (EO), President Donald Trump unleashed a dynamic that will, I fear, have consequences as far-reaching and damaging to my country and my community as the Bush Administration's wrong-headed responses to the 9/11 terror attacks.   What the various provisions of the EO have done is deepen Arab popular anger at the United States, provide ISIS with a public relations gift, fuel Islamophobic fear here at home, while, at the same time, exacerbating sectarian tensions within the Arab community....

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How Your Local City Can Oppose the Muslim Ban

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog

There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...

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Washington Watch: Trump Justifies Executive Orders with Exaggerations Grounded in Bias

Posted on January 28, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby By now, Donald Trump's penchant for exaggeration and self-promotion has become well-established. Whether born of a form of pathological narcissism or just plain hucksterism, his need to claim that everything he does is the biggest and best is unsettling and, at times, embarrassing. Most troubling is the concern that Mr. Trump may actually believe his non-factual boasts –that because his ego is so needy he cannot accept reality. This is clearly not a comforting quality for a Commander-in- Chief. During his first week in office, this weakness has been on full public...

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Posted on January 25, 2017 in Arab American Institute
Learn how we can fight to keep immigrants and refugees safe. We have THREE LOCAL ACTIONS you can take.
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Washington Watch: What Will Donald Trump Do?

Posted on January 21, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby When Donald Trump shows up for work next week, it's anyone's guess as to what he will do. Over the past month, many reporters have asked me "what do you think Trump will do and what are you most concerned about?". My simple answer has been "I know what worries me most, but I have no idea what he'll do because I don't think he knows either".   During the campaign, Trump promised a boatload of dramatic initiatives and actions. After winning, many have been substantially changed or just disappeared. Hillary Clinton isn't...

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Washington Watch: What Kerry Did

Posted on December 31, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Secretary of State John Kerry's valedictory speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unleashed a firestorm of criticism from the very same folks who had just finished hyperventilating over the US abstention on a Security Council resolution a few days earlier.   The speech, itself, was divided into three parts. Kerry opened with an accounting of all that the Obama Administration had done for Israel in the past eight years. And he closed with a list of principles he said should serve as the basis for a future Israeli-Palestinian peace. The largest part, the middle, was...

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