Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Posted on February 16, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: Jennifer Salan, Arab American Institute or 202-429-9210 (desk) 202-494-9857 cell

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2018

Arab American Institute Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry

(Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Indictments Regarding Election Meddling: While today’s indictments confirm what any observer of the 2016 presidential election already knows, it remains difficult to accept the nature of the attack on our political system and the impact it had on our election, and the...

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

Posted on February 07, 2018 in Action Alerts

The Senate is about to vote on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus 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. Check out our letter for more details.

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Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Press Releases


For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Learn more about the #ReportHate Project

Posted on August 23, 2017 in Hate Crimes

We're collaborating with community partners across the nation to #ReportHate. Launched in response to the rising tide of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry, and the under-reporting of hate crimes and incidents against our community, #ReportHate establishes working groups in key states consisting of community leaders and organizations from Arab American and allied communities. The Project encourages communities and individuals to work with their elected officials to strengthen hate crime laws and encourage reporting through official avenues.  Our community-driven approach delivers a tailored strategy for each working group based on local needs, an...

Forty Four years ago today, an Arab American from Yemen gave his life for a just cause

Posted by Guest on August 15, 2017 in Blog

by Bob Fitch - Cesar Chaves leads funeral processionfor UFW martyr Nagi Daifullah, 1973 By Annie Riley Farm Workers Join Together “No other segment of our population is so poorly paid yet contributes so much to our Nation’s wealth and welfare,” said the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. This segment is our nation’s farm workers. In the 1960s and still to this day, the majority of the farm workers in the United States have been immigrants,...

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Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism

Posted by Omar Baddar on June 22, 2017 in Blog

The injustice of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is so glaring that it is difficult for its supporters to defend it, so they tend to opt for suppressing the voices exposing it. This was the case a couple of weeks ago, when an event on Capitol Hill on the abuse of Palestinian children under Israeli occupation was smeared by the Israel Project. Not only was the event misrepresented as “hate speech”, but the Congressman whose office reserved a room for the event, Representative Mark Pocan,...

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Faithkeepers: An agenda of hate

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 18, 2017 in Blog

Today, a new, divisive effort is underway to pit religious communities against each other, as the plight of Christians under ISIS and other extremists is being co-opted by a known hate group – the Clarion Project – to promote its anti-Muslim agenda. Unlike the group’s previous, more overtly bigoted films, "Faithkeepers" (their latest film) is a lot more subtle. On its face, it purports to address the absolutely legitimate fears of Christian communities in the Middle East, who are experiencing an alarming increase in violence and intimidation at the hands of extremists....

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Support Adding a MENA Category to the U.S. Census

Posted on April 11, 2017 in Action Alerts

We're asking for your help to address our community’s concerns including access to health and social services and expanding civil rights protection. Support the creation of the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) checkbox as an ethnicity category on the U.S. Census and other federal forms today.

In 2011, the MENA Advocacy Network was established to represent the interest of all communities from the MENA region in the U.S. Census. Since then, the Census Bureau has moved forward with testing a MENA category in time for the 2020 Census. Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is making its final decisions...

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