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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AAI's Questions for General John Kelly at Senate Confirmation Hearing

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

General John Kelly will appear before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, January 11th at 2:00pm. Watch online here General John Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who served as the commanding officer in Iraq of the Multi-National Force—West from February 2008 to February 2009, then as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009. Kelly became the Commander of United States Southern Command in November 2012 where he served until January 2016. In that...

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AAI's Questions for Rep. Mike Pompeo at Senate Confirmation Hearing

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

Rep. Mike Pompeo will will appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:00am. Watch online here Mike Pompeo is a Congressman of Kansas’ 4th district since 2011. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After leaving active duty, he graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Pompeo serves on two major committees: Energy and...

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Arab Americans On Front Lines of Combatting Classroom Hate & Harassment

Posted by Joan Hanna on December 20, 2016 in Blog

Amidst the alarming trend of increased hate crimes and harassment in classrooms across America – Arab Americans are stepping up to help educate students and teachers in an effort to temper the problem. 

Shadi Matar, an AAI alumnus and current member of our National Policy Council, recently presented on Arab and Arab American culture at Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, California last week. The presentation was part of the school’s student-led Cultural Diversity Club. Alexandria Frank, a co-founder of the club, said her aim was to create a space for...

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Tech Entrepreneurs Affirm Commitment to Civil Liberties & Community Partnership Ahead of Trump Meeting

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 14, 2016 in Blog

The Trump transition team held a much anticipated discussion on Wednesday with technology leaders regarding a litany of issues at the intersection of technology, national security, and the economy. Ahead of the meeting, 50 tech entrepreneurs signed an open letter stating their commitment to civil liberties and a "categorical refusal" to build tools that could threaten them. The letter is a not so subtle condemnation of some of Trump’s national security plans that were laid out on the campaign trail – including reinstating NSEERS...

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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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Arab American Comedy Counters Bigotry at Trump's RNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 20, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans pushed back against talk of "bans" on Arab Americans and American Muslims, "patrols" for so-called "Muslim neighborhoods" and religious litmus tests on Tuesday, July 19, at a packed comedy show for delegates, attendees and community members during the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

While the Arab American Institute Foundation normally does programming around the RNC and DNC presidential nominating conventions aimed at raising awareness around issues of concern, this election cycle created a special challenge. One that AAIF chose to meet with humor.

“BANNED:...

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Letter: Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from Bridge Conference

Posted on July 06, 2016 in Press Releases
The Arab American Institute wrote five members of Congress asking them to withdraw from an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim conference.
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Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference

Posted on July 04, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2016

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210  Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference Arab American, Christian and Muslim Groups Join to Counter Bigotry

Washington, DC – Today, July 6, the Arab American Institute joined with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the Muslim Public Affairs Council in asking five members of Congress to withdraw from participating in a conference featuring well known anti-Arab and anti-Muslim speakers. “The Bridge: The Annual Conference on the Persecuted Church,” is being held...

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Comedic Relief for Communities Targeted by Hateful Rhetoric

Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Today, more than ever, Arab Americans and American Muslims are suffering because of negative rhetoric that undermines American values. As anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry rises, many people are asking if this fervor will cease. In the meantime, creative and positive responses are helping uplift targeted communities. On March 7th the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYMTA) debuted posters in its subway stations produced by American Muslim comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah. The ads "poke fun" at Muslims in an effort to dispel negative stereotypes of the community. One of the ads boldly proclaims “Beware The Muslims are Coming!” then...

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