Executive Actions on "Wall" & Sanctuary Cities Are Scapegoat Politics

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

The Arab American Institute released the following statement in regards to Executive Orders on the "Wall" and sanctuary cities.  With a stroke of the pen today, President Trump is attempting to wipe away local communities’ ability to welcome all people, including those who may be undocumented. Fourth Amendment, Welcoming Cities and so called "sanctuary cities" are home to large and vibrant immigrant communities that allow them to build their lives and community while advancing public safety because they are free to speak without fear. This action will create a "show me your papers culture" and is in violation of Fourth Amendment protections to be free from "unreasonable...

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The Attack on Linda Sarsour is Wrong, But Sadly Not Surprising

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 24, 2017 in Blog

The Women’s March on Washington was a historic gathering of people in support of women’s rights, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQ rights, Muslim rights, Black rights along with the rights of several marginalized communities. As excitement from the weekend subdued, however, bigots were quick to unleash their fury against one of the co-chairs of the Women's March - Linda Sarsour. An activist and executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, Sarsour is an Arab American Muslim who has a long history of advocating for the rights of marginalized communities as...

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Newman Abuissa Working to Build Bridges in Iowa City

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Across the country, Arab Americans are stepping forward to make change and build support for immigrant rights, religious freedom and justice for disenfranchised communities. In Iowa, Newman Abuissa, a member of AAI's National Policy Council, is no different. As part of his role as an Advisory Board member of the University of Iowa's Center for Human Rights Abuissa worked with fellow members to create a community event that would counter division and hate. The result was Abraham's Walk "inspired by the biblical Abraham, who walked from his hometown to a...

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Philly Arab Americans Create Local Action Plan

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Building on the release of AAI's "Advocacy Road Map," Government Relations Director Nadia Aziz joined activists in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22 to discuss the community's immediate priorities and help develop them into an action plan.  "The November election jolted many in our community, especially given our stance for immigrant rights and religious freedom. So, it's important for us to get together, as a  community, to figure out how to deal with the potential domestic and foreign challenges. This meeting went a long way in developing that strategy," said Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corps and an AAI...

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Learn How the #ArabAmerican Community Can Make a Difference!

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

Download the Advocacy Road Map Here! 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 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:

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SCOTUS Should Affirm Constitutional Rights Are For All

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 18, 2017 in Blog

The Obama Justice Department will spend its final 48 hours fighting against the rights of post-9/11 detainees at the Supreme Court later today in the case of Ziglar v Abbasi. At stake is the ability of the detainees to challenge unconstitutional policies by seeking damages from federal officials. The case itself stems from the post 9/11 roundup of hundreds, often based on nothing more than unfounded reports, discrimination, or outright bias. In fact, a Justice Department IG later rebuked officials for the “indiscriminate and haphazard” way in which they erroneously classified many of these individuals as terror suspects....

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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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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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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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