AAI at the Michigan Response to Hate Conference

Posted by Heba Mohammad on September 07, 2017 in Blog

If you are the victim of a hate crime, you are more likely to remain silent than to report it to law enforcement authorities. That is a highlight of the most recent Department of Justice Hate Crime Victimization Report, and the context in which the Michigan Response to Hate Conference occurred last week. Marking its tenth year, the conference, orchestrated by the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC), has drawn invested community partners annually to share strategies for preventing hate crimes, supporting victims, and encouraging reporting of hate crimes. On September 6th, I joined representatives of community organizations, law...

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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...


The Portland Stabbing: Labelling Domestic Terrorism in Trump’s America

Posted by Guest on June 07, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

Thirty-five-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian boarded a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail train in Portland, Oregon last Friday. What follows is a disturbing image of the ways in which anti-Muslim bigotry has permeated the experiences of American Muslims in every aspect of their daily lives, including their commutes home from work or school. Christian reportedly verbally assaulted two African-American teenagers, one who was wearing a hijab. Among other racist insults, he told them to “pay taxes” and “go back to Saudi Arabia.” As Christian continued with his outburst, several bystanders, most notably Micah Fletcher, 21, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche,...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017: Expert panel on hate crimes

Posted by Guest on May 04, 2017 in Blog

By Sam Leathley

Jonathan Smith, from Muslim Advocates, spoke on the issue of hate crimes. He began by emphasizing that hate crimes have risen dramatically since the election (Smith’s organization, Muslim Advocates, has been one of the organizations tracking this rise). Smith highlighted three main points regarding hate crimes: underreporting, the necessity of holding institutions accountable, and the narratives surrounding hate crimes.

Hate crimes are grossly underreported—a phenomenon which can largely be attributed to affected communities’ distrust of law enforcement. Underreporting has worrying consequences: if we do not have an...

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Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 14, 2017 in Blog
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to #DumpBannon
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Advocacy Road Map

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 20, 2017 in Blog

The worsening trend of the U.S. government treating Arab Americans and American Muslims as communities solely defined by national security is a trend that stands  to accelerate under the incoming Trump administration. There is a way that the 3.7 million Arab Americans, 35% of whom are Muslim, can strategically fight back on key issues where national security drivers infringe on our civil rights: Policy_Buttons_16.jpg

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AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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Combating the Trend of Hate: AAI Brings Together Rights Groups For Hill Briefing

Posted by Guest on December 12, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar On Thursday, December 8th, the Arab American Institute held a briefing to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting, and potential reporting and policy solutions. The panel, which attracted a standing room only crowd, included Arjun Singh Sethi, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Madihha Ahussain, Staff Attorney for Muslim Advocates, and Nadia Aziz, Government Relations Director of the Arab American Institute. These...

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Combatting the Trend of Hate, Experts Examine Underreporting of Hate Crimes, Uptick & Solutions

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 07, 2016 in Blog

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Dec 8, the Arab American Institute will hold a briefing at 10:30AM to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting considering the 2015 hate crime data and potential reporting and policy solutions. This panel provides an excellent opportunity for congressional staffers who are preparing for 2017 legislative priorities and confirmation hearings to learn first-hand from community experts about what they are witnessing and what policy solutions they envision. “Our nation has witnessed an...

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Despite Underreporting, Hate Crimes Increase

Posted by Ali Albassam on November 18, 2016 in Blog

Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a video statement Friday (Nov. 18) on the FBI’s 2015 hate crime report and media reports of increased hate incidents and harassment across the country. Calling on individuals to report hate incidents to local law enforcement and the Justice Department, Lynch noted that despite tremendous progress, there still remains a lot of work to be done. She noted that the work in protecting all Americans from violence is not just about enforcing the law, but it is about “staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles." The FBI’s 

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