Canadian Arab Institute Attends NLC

Posted by on October 04, 2011 in Blog
By Raja G. Khouri Canadians have a love-hate, inferiority-superiority, affection-disaffection relationship with America. We know ourselves to be the junior partner, yet we think us the better one; we envy your greatness, yet mock your ignorance; we fear you, yet applaud the prime minister who dares defy you; we love you, yet hate that you hardly take notice of us; we vigorously consume your culture, yet vainly think ours more polished.
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2011 National Leadership Conference

Posted by on October 01, 2011 in Blog

AAI and NNAAC convened over 200 community members at The National Leadership Conference to build community capacity and confront challenges both at home and abroad ahead of the 2012 elections. Arab American leaders from across the country gathered in Dearborn, Michigan to work on three distinct albeit complementary tracks: Advocacy, Community Building and Organizing. Within this framework and with the realization that we can most effectively advocate for change here at home, the conference goals were to: Get Arab Americans involved and their voices heard (Community Building) Promote better understanding of the Arab world (Organizing) Promote the civil rights...

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Immigration Reform Post-9/11

Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Blog
Today in Dearborn Michigan, leaders from across the Arab American community gathered for the 2011 National Leadership Conference hosted by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). The first topic addressed by the conference was immigration reform post-9/11 and its impact on the Arab American community.
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Civil Liberties, National Security, and Immigration Reform

Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Blog
At a Friday morning panel at the National Leadership Conference, a group of distinguished presenters discussed challenges related to civil liberties, national security, immigration reform, and the intersection between these issues.
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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 11

Posted on August 23, 2011 in Countdown
When the House Ethics Committee barred members of Congress from attending Glenn Beck’s nutty rally in Jerusalem (wouldn’t that make for a nice official title?), Beck was furious with John Boehner and the Republican party...
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Ethnic Leaders Push Broader White House Immigration Approach

Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Blog
Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, helped organize a meeting of ethnic American leaders at the White House last week to discuss the urgent need for immigration reform. The leaders represented a great number of ethnic American communities, including Arab, Polish, Macedonian and Irish, Italian and many more. On their website, the White House Office of Public Engagement posted a blog about the meeting with White House Liaison to Ethnic Americans, Kyle Lierman reiterating the President’s dedication to reform the immigration system:
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The Battle Over States’ Rights Wages On

Posted by on August 02, 2011 in Blog
Immigration in this country is considered a national issue with obvious interstate implications. Consequently, it has long been the providence of the federal government to set and maintain U.S. immigration policy. Now, the state of Alabama wishes to crafts its own version of U.S. Immigration Law.
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Provisions of California DREAM Act Signed into Law

Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Blog
California Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed into law Assembly Bill 130, the California DREAM Act yesterday. The Los Angeles Times reports that AB 130 will provide “access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students.” Regarding the political implications of California’s Dream Act, the Times explains that the Governor’s signature on Bill 130 is a “gesture of goodwill toward Latino voters, who helped elect him in large numbers last fall. Legislation providing education funding to undocumented students has been a top priority for many Latino groups, which have found many of their efforts thwarted so far at the federal level.”
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The Innovators of America’s Future: DREAM Students

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Blog
By Maryam Al-Zoubi “I am Undocumented, Unafraid & finally Unashamed!” was the phrase that rang in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on March 10th, 2011. I watched nervously in the crowd as my good friend Alaa Mukahhal, an undocumented Palestinian American, shouted those words from the stage. I was afraid for what might happen to her if she stopped living in the shadows, but as tears streamed down my face, I know I was proud that she had the strength to stand up and fight for her rights.
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A Nation of Immigrants, a Multitude of Stories

Posted by on July 08, 2011 in Blog
Last week, U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke, speaking to a forum on racial profiling, said “I’m the son of an undocumented immigrant�and I’m proud to say that.” Clarke’s father emigrated from pre-partition India in the 1930s, and later settled in Detroit’s lower east side, where Clarke grew up. A Cornell graduate, Clarke began his career in public service on the staff of Wayne County Executive Edward MacNamara, before serving as chief of staff to Rep. John Conyers. Clarke went on to win the seat for Michigan’s 13th District in 2010.
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