Arab American Institute v. Office of Mgmt. and Budget

Posted on June 15, 2018 in 2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Background

On January 26, 2018, the Census Bureau announced that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern orNorthAfrican” category or use a combined question format. The decision is anegregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision came after the Office of Management and Budget delayed a planned December release of recommendations regarding the standards for race and ethnicity data for federal agencies, which would affect the categories used in the decennial census. The failure to adopt an approach that we have worked on for more than three decades is irresponsible...


2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Posted on April 26, 2018 in Arab American Institute
There is no ethnic category for Arab Americans on the U.S. Census. This has led to a significant undercount of the community, creating barriers to many basic rights and services. While the Census Bureau estimates the number of Arab Americans in the United States is 1.9 million, the Arab American Institute estimates the total is actually closer to 3.7 million. Federal data on Arab Americans is obtained through ancestry data from the American Community Survey, a yearly survey that collects economic, social, demographic and housing information from a small sample of the general population. While helpful, this approach is incomplete.
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Countdown Vol 17 No. 19: For America's Sake

Posted on April 06, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 212 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

Posted by Ryan Suto on January 23, 2018 in Blog

In November Senator Durbin introduced the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2017. The bill’s Findings section details the extensive problem of “right-wing extremists,” listing mass shootings, murders, and other attacks on US soil going back to 2012. Notably, the bill references a 2009 Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism which was eventually withdrawn “amid an aggressive political attack on the report from the right.” Because of the emphasis on right wing violence and the reference to 2009 DHS report which singles out groups “leveraging the real estate environment, unemployment, and the election of the first African American...

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Section 702 of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Reauthorized in Congress

Posted by Guest on January 19, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

Last week, President Trump took to Twitter to provide his opinions on the reauthorization of Title VII- Section 702 of the FISA act. It seemed that the President was originally unaware of what the act was, or that only Section 702 of the bill was being reauthorized. His first tweet claimed that, “This is the act that may have been used…to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” Immediately following this statement, President Trump was informed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the differences between foreign and...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017: Expert panel on hate crimes

Posted by Guest on May 04, 2017 in Blog

By Sam Leathley

Jonathan Smith, from Muslim Advocates, spoke on the issue of hate crimes. He began by emphasizing that hate crimes have risen dramatically since the election (Smith’s organization, Muslim Advocates, has been one of the organizations tracking this rise). Smith highlighted three main points regarding hate crimes: underreporting, the necessity of holding institutions accountable, and the narratives surrounding hate crimes.

Hate crimes are grossly underreported—a phenomenon which can largely be attributed to affected communities’ distrust of law enforcement. Underreporting has worrying consequences: if we do not have an...

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Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 14, 2017 in Blog
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to #DumpBannon
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Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 27, 2017 in Blog

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement of...

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Support California's Resistance to the Muslim Ban & Muslim Registry

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog

The state of California is taking an early lead in fight back against President Trump's Muslim Ban and any chance of his administration implementing a registry of Arab Americans and/or American Muslims. There are a few bills currently in the state legislature that are strong statements against the policies of the administration that are targeting Muslims. Here’s a quick rundown with links to take action today. AAI commends the ACLU-Northern California’s statement about President Trump’s shameful Executive Order and support of these bills. You can find their statement here.

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Oppose Virginia Bills that are Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Refugee, and Anti-Free Speech

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog

In Virginia, there are several ways Arab Americans can organize against problematic anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies that are coming down from the Administration and from the Virginia state legislature. Indeed, Virginia bills are actually outflanking Trump to impose discriminatory immigration policies at the state level. While AAI continues to work nationally to challenge the legality, practicality, and implementation of the Muslim Ban – we're calling on Arab Americans in Virginia to work against these what's happening in their state. Please join the ACLU-Virginia's action alert to express your opposition to the following bills (analysis via the ACLU): ...

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