AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Posted on January 10, 2018 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute and 169 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Download full letter here

Dear Secretary Ross:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned 169 organizations,...

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Instead of criminalising political speech, pass the NO HATE Act

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on January 10, 2018 in Blog

On 29 December the Jerusalem Post published an interview with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. In that article, Friedman stated that reactions were "largely emotional" to the Trump administration's announcement of support to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He went on to state: "We expected the reaction, although we were disappointed with some of the rhetoric, which was ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic [sic]". The anti-Semitism charge

Friedman does not elaborate how political disagreements with an international policy change constitute bigotry against Judaism as a religion or Jews as a people....

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In 2017 Races, Bigotry is the Loser

Posted by Heba Mohammad on December 18, 2017 in Blog

This year’s election results demonstrated Americans’ resolve to soundly reject bigotry of all forms when choosing representatives. That resolve was on full display in Alabama’s recent special election when former prosecutor Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore with a comfortable margin to become the state’s next Senator. There was surprise at this victory, but, if the 2017 elections are indicative of a larger pattern, these surprise outcomes are becoming more normalized in a country with an increasingly alert and engaged citizenry.

The Alabama race had been written off as a done...

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Rating the Response: Hate Crime Legislation, Reporting, and Data Collection in the United States

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 15, 2017 in Blog

Rating the Response: Hate Crime Legislation, Reporting, and Data Collection in the United States provides a clearinghouse for hate crime-related information pertaining to every state and the District of Columbia. You can use this resource to learn about the relevant legislative and regulatory commitments to address hate crime within your state. To get a better sense of where your state stands, we have developed a rating system to rank and compare states, while identifying weaknesses in their overall response to hate crime.

We have also provided information that will...

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SCOTUS allows Muslim Ban 3 to take full effect

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on December 06, 2017 in Blog

The Supreme Court released two identical, 1-page orders this week regarding Muslim Ban litigation. The effect of the orders is to allow the Presidential Proclamation, widely referred to as Muslim Ban 3, to temporarily take full effect, overruling a district court injunction out of Hawai’i and a restraining order from Maryland limiting the scope of the Ban. The orders came as identical 7-2 decisions with no explanations or reasoning. As a reminder, Muslim Ban 3 includes particular nationals of...

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AAI American Attitudes Poll In the Press

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 06, 2017 in Blog



The Supreme Court just unleashed the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Americans share the president’s critical views of Muslims.

Favorable opinions of Arabs and Muslims are actually rising during the Trump era, according to a new poll published by the Arab American Institute, an Arab interest group, and conducted by Zogby Analytics. The optimistic new data comes “in the face of an atmosphere of...

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Despite mass-underreporting, hate crimes surge again in 2016

Posted by Kai Wiggins on November 13, 2017 in Blog

The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased some 4.6 percent in 2016, this after a 6.8 percent surge in reported incidents the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the FBI in its annual report. Most of that increase occurred between October and December of last year, coinciding with the 2016 presidential election. This fact alone seems to confirm what many civil rights and advocacy groups have signaled in light of their own independent reporting: that perpetrators of hate crime felt emboldened to commit acts of bias and prejudice in the wake of...

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