AAI Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s third try at the Muslim Ban:  The Trump Administration’s attempt to window dress their Muslim Ban by presidential proclamation doesn’t fool anyone. The proclamation expands the xenophobic policies that discriminate against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. It’s no surprise that facing Supreme Court arguments the Trump Administration would try to play one more shell game to circumvent a potential ruling. Shamefully though, this third iteration of the Muslim Ban goes farther than the second version adding yet another Muslim-majority...

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AAI joins 80+ organizations in letter to DOJ on hate crimes

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 22, 2017 in Blog

To read the letter AAI signed onto with over 80 other organizations to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, click here.

We live in a nation bent on progress at the outset, and yet so often we fall short of our founding principles. For reasons abound, we have made promises we have not kept. 

On Thursday, June 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department made a promise. Speaking before dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations at the Department’s Hate Crimes Summit, Sessions vowed to take action: 

“I pledge to you: As long as I...

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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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Fight Bigotry in the Classroom & #DefendDACA

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 06, 2017 in Blog

We like you have just heard the breaking news of the administration's intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions). More than 800,000 young people, including Arab Americans, will be devastated by this policy change. To keep our families whole, we need Congress to ACT NOW! Please take a moment to stand up for these families by asking your members to support the DREAM Act. You can do so by clicking here. Of course, as we stand up for DACA, we also need to prepare our students to...

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#DefendDACA now by supporting the Dream Act

Posted on September 05, 2017 in Action Alerts

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions) was the response to a broken political system that failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was a way to provide relief to more than 800,000 young people who are American in every way but their papers. The decision by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA demonstrates that instead of leading and doing what is best for our country and these young Dreamers, the administration is treating them as political bargaining chips. We need you to take a few minutes now to demand that Congress act to pass the Dream Act S.1615/H.R.3440.

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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...

Washington Watch: Charlottesville and Beyond: The Never-ending Struggle

Posted on August 19, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby The tragic and deeply disturbing events in Charlottesville last week provoked a debate as old as America, itself. Our nation watched as a motley collection of bigots descended on that town, ostensibly to "save" the statues of their Confederate heroes. Some were armed, and many chanted Nazi-era slogans about racial purity and their definition of "true Americanism". They were confronted by opponents who responded with affirmations of what they called "American values" of diversity and tolerance. As the confrontation devolved into horrifying violence, we asked, "what did all this say about who we...

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Don’t Fall for Anti-Immigrant Scare Tactics on Sanctuary Cities & Gangs

Posted by Guest on August 18, 2017 in Blog

By Celia Katz-Zogby By repeatedly invoking the threat of MS-13 gang activity, and maligning sanctuary and 4th Amendment cities, the Trump administration seems to be doubling down on its irrational and possibly illegal approach to undocumented immigrants. In an executive order released January 25, 2017, the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal tax dollars from counties and cities with sanctuary or welcoming policies. The administration accuses sanctuary communities of ignoring detainers issued by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and violating 8 U.S. Code 1373....

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