Join Us: 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted on August 20, 2018 in Calendar

*Due to inclement weather, the September 8th event has been rescheduled by the National Park Service to October 6th.*

The Arab American Institute will be participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. We will be volunteering with the National Park Service, working to preserve our Nation’s most iconic and respected memorials through planting flowers, mulching, painting, or removing litter and invasive species.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the nonprofit 9/11 Day, with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

October 06, 2018 at 9am

Trump’s attack on legal immigration is the latest step in America’s new political direction

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on August 16, 2018 in Blog

Last week NBC News reported that Trump is preparing yet another policy to prevent new Americans from their own pursuit of happiness. This proposal is in line with the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant worldview and reflects a broader normalization of xenophobia in a last-ditch effort to reverse demographic change in America.

The not-yet published proposal, promoted by senior advisor Stephen Miller, would hinder legal immigrants from obtaining citizenship or green cards if they, or their families, have ever benefited from social safety net programs, such as children’s health insurance or housing assistance. The Department of Homeland Security defended the...

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The Politicization of the Census: Arab Americans and the Citizenship Question

Posted by Suher Adi on July 26, 2018 in Blog

The 2020 Census is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. The data collected serves many purposes, for all those residing in the United States. From redistricting and helping Congress appropriate the right amount of funds for various services to helping determine where schools and hospitals should be built, the Census is an avenue for the federal government to support the people as intended.

For years communities have been asking the Bureau to change the race and ethnicity categories used due to the need of providing more categories for a more accurate count of underrepresented communities. This disaggregation of data...

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The Muslim Ban Is Still Not Enough Bigotry For The Roberts Court

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 27, 2018 in Blog

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Hawai’i, the Muslim Ban case. By a vote of 5-4 the Court handed a significant victory to the Trump Administration. The decision willfully disregarded the open bigotry on the part of the president and his administration which formed the foundation to the Muslim Ban.  

For those immediately impacted, this decision means that certain visa holders and applicants from the following countries will continue to be banned indefinitely from travel to the U.S.: Iran, Libya, North Korea (well below 1,000 visitors per year), Somalia, Syria, Venezuela (only certain government...

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Protect Free Speech on Our College Campuses

Posted by Arab American Institute on May 25, 2018 in Blog

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018 (H.R.5924/S.2940), which was introduced in both the House and Senate on May 23, claims to address anti-Semitism on college and university campuses by including criticisms of Israel as examples of anti-Semitism. If passed, the bill would allow the Department of Education to suppress criticism of Israel in higher education, unconstitutionally proscribing legitimate political expression while doing nothing to combat actual hate on college campuses.

While dangerous on its own, this bill would be exacerbated by the confirmation of Ken Marcus. As you may know, Marcus...

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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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