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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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog
Contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.
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Apple CEO’s Letter to America

Posted by Kevin Hack on February 22, 2016 in Blog

Apple CEO Tim Cook entered into a high stakes fight with the government last week when he released a letter to customers outlining his opposition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand that Apple grant the government access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

Cook highlights the importance that customers place on the security of their data and the popularity of Apples end-to-end encryption of devices, primarily in protecting it from hackers and criminals, and the similar importance that Apple places on providing that security. He...

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Scalia's Passing and the Fight for His Seat

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 18, 2016 in Blog

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has left a large void on the bench for conservatives. A champion of “originalism,” Justice Scalia, changed the way we discussed and debated the Constitution.  Scalia advocated for the original meaning of the Constitution as opposed to treating it as a living, breathing document that slowly evolves with the times. His use of rhetorical extremes, and a form of argument he called “reduction to the absurd,” often shocked, alienated, and offended readers. While his piercing prose will forever remain in the...

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Sanders is Right: Iraq is Important

Posted on February 15, 2016 in Washington Watch
Bernie Sanders has been unfairly criticized for being a "Johnny One Note" on foreign policy because he continually reminds voters of his early opposition to the Iraq War. To explain why he continues to emphasize the importance of his decision to oppose that war, Sanders has pointed to the speech he gave back in October 2002 in which he laid out five important reasons why he feared the Bush Administration's march to war.
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Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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Polling Middle East Views: Opinions on Current and Future Challenges

Posted on December 20, 2015 in Foreign Policy

Download the poll and watch an expert panel discuss its findings.


Celebrate Human Rights Day

Posted by Nadia Aziz on December 10, 2015 in Blog
On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every year on December 10th, the world commemorates this occasion by celebrating Human Rights Day.
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Call on RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on December 08, 2015 in Action Alerts

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. In September, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community based advocacy organizations and wrote 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 state on...

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Making Sense of Congress' Legislative Reaction to the Paris Attacks

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 07, 2015 in Blog

In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Congress has introduced, and in some cases voted on, several important bills regarding Syrian refugees, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and U.S. national security. The most significant bills are H.R.4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, H.R.158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, S.2300, the American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, a bill identical to H.R.4038, and S. 2337, the Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act. These 4 bills...

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