Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference

Posted on July 04, 2016 in Press Releases


Contact: / 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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Ted Cruz: Israel, Islamophobia, and then Liberty

Posted by Kevin Hack on March 24, 2016 in Blog

As his nomination to be the Republican Party’s candidate of choice becomes increasingly more likely, critics of Donald Trump have continued to emphasize the decidedly bigoted nature of his “security” proposals, specifically as they pertain to Latino and Muslim Americans. Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. Trump’s strongest remaining competition for the Republican nomination, has been gaining reluctant support from the Republican Party. Sen. Cruz’s own record, within and beyond the Senate, has hardly been without its own examples of bigoted behavior. With the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) conference in...

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AAI statement on Senator Ted Cruz’s call for ‘patrolling’ American neighborhoods

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Press Releases

March 22, 2016 With the rest of the world, Arab Americans mourn the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning, we are all traumatized by the violence we are seeing around the world and this is a time for Americans to stand together. We cannot allow ourselves to be divided by pandering political candidates. We cannot turn our backs on what makes us Americans.  Ted Cruz's call for 'empowering law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized’ stands starkly against all that our Constitution embodies and is a rabbit hole we cannot go down. He...

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Ted Cruz Announces Scary Foreign Policy Team Because Ted Cruz is Scary

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on March 18, 2016 in Blog

Headlines are making a big deal out of the list of national security advisors the Ted Cruz campaign announced this week, rightly pointing out that some names on the list including Frank Gaffney easily qualify as “fringe conservatives.” It’s worth remembering that Ted Cruz is very appropriately described as a “fringe conservative” himself.  Since the beginning of his political career, Cruz has sold himself as an defiant outcast and agitator of the establishment Republican Party. A hardline Tea Party man. Unwilling to compromise with anyone,...

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What Else Do I Have to Do to Prove I Love My Country, America?

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on March 14, 2016 in Blog
What scares me more than Trump himself are the thousands of supporters who rally around him and cheer him as he spews his hateful rhetoric and nonsense. There really is no other way to describe the level of pure insanity that comes out of Mr. Trump's mouth not only in regards to Muslims, Arabs or the Middle East, but about many minority groups who frankly just don't look like him.
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Ask RNC Chair Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. Late last  year, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community-based advocacy organizations to write to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office.

Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and to state on...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 3: At Long Last

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Iowa caucus controversy, President Obama's visit to a Baltimore mosque, Flint's water crisis of accountability, New York Times spoof is too good, and O'Malley will be missed after he drops out of the race
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Department of Education Pushes Back Against Discrimination

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 20, 2016 in Blog
The Department of Education (DOE) is urging schools and colleges across the country to thwart any harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. In an open letter to educational leaders, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and acting Secretary John B. King, Jr. discuss the importance of ensuring a safe learning environment for students at a “time when fear and anger are heightened, and when public debate sometimes results in the dissemination of misinformation.”
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Ask Your Representative to Condemn Hateful Rhetoric and Violence Against American Muslims

Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts

In the wake of the tragic San Bernardino attacks, many American Muslims have been the targets of hate crimes and hate speech. While some presidential candidates and public officials have exploited a climate of fear and engaged in hateful rhetoric, Representative Beyer (D-VA-8) introduced House Resolution 569 to condemn the violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.  Representative Beyer has been joined by over 100 colleagues in the House of Representatives who co-sponsor the Resolution to express their condolences for victims of hate crimes, confirm their dedication  to the rights and dignity of all...

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