AAI Response to Charlottesville

Posted by Arab American Institute on August 14, 2017 in Blog

AAI Statement in Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville

We are devastated but sadly not surprised by what we all witnessed on Saturday in Charlottesville. Whether these extremists are called white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis or fascists – they have no legitimate place in the dialogue of our nation. Hate is not a view or position; it is an evil that must be fought. 

We stand in solidarity today with allies who demand that we speak and act with moral clarity against hatred, bigotry and racism. That includes demanding...

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Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 29, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:  “We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career...

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AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit

Posted on June 29, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:  “We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career...

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Statement on Passing of Longtime AAI Friend and Ally Fred Rotondaro

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 29, 2017 in Blog

Fred Rotondaro, an Italian American leader, died on June 26th. He was, by every measure, a remarkable man. What many may not realize is that he was also responsible with providing Arab Americans political access at a time, in the 1970s and 1980s, when many in Washington refused to work with our community. Fred always led by example and took the time to teach Arab American leaders the nuts and bolts of ethnic politics. He gave our community a boost when others would not. He was there for the...

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Statement on Sebastian Gorka

Posted on June 23, 2017 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 23, 2017

Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve as Deputy Assistant to President Trump:

“Sadly, Gorka’s views are all too well known to us. He has made demonization of Muslims his full-time job regardless of the title he holds or who he is speaking to. Although he’s never hid his horrific...

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AAI Statement on Sebastian Gorka

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

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 23, 2017

Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve as Deputy Assistant to President Trump: “Sadly, Gorka’s views are all too well known to us. He has made demonization of Muslims his full-time job regardless of the title he holds or who he is speaking to. Although he’s never hid...

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Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

Posted on June 23, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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Statement: Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

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

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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Statement: AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 12, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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