Event: DC Rally 4 Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 25, 2016 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will be joining the “DC Rally 4 Refugees” on Sunday, August 28th from 10 AM - 2:30 PM (rain or shine) at the Washington National Monument (Sylvan Theatre) on the National Mall.  The rally seeks to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis and urge the U.S. to take action to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and refugee resettlement. The rally will offer resources for those who wish to help and raise a collective voice against intolerance. 

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“The Outcast of Refugees”: Actor F. Murray Abraham and The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees speak out

Posted by Leila Elaqad on May 31, 2016 in Blog

While Syrian refugees make up 25% of the global refugee population, only .003% of refugees admitted into the U.S. since 2011 have been Syrian. Many congress members, as well as Multifaith Alliance members, addressed this often overlooked disparity to a packed room at a Hill briefing on May 17.      “The worst humanitarian crisis since my parents and I fled Hungary after the Holocaust.” - Georgette Bennett   Bennett is the president and founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. As she described the Syrian refugee situation to congressional staffers, she...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of March 28

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 01, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.


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Ted Cruz Again: Because We Didn’t Talk About Refugees

Posted by Kevin Hack on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Wouldn’t it be the greatest stroke of irony if the United States Refugee Resettlement Program was shut down by the child of a refugee that resettled in the United States? Senator Cruz doesn’t think so. Or maybe he does and just believes that the universe is guided by ironic twists of fate.

Last week, after calling for the policing and surveillance of all Muslim communities, a statement which out-controversy-ed even Donald Trump, Senator Cruz issued a letter to the Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS) insinuating poor performance on the part of the Refugee Resettlement Program...

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Op-Ed by ALC Delegate Sam Hindi: "An eye-opening study trip"

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 26, 2016 in Blog

by Sam Hindi                                                                                                                          [This story originally appeared in The Daily Journal]

Fourteen days, three countries, eight elected Arab-American public servants, 25 meetings with broad and diverse spectrum of ambassadors,...

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The Sweet Smell of Friendship

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on February 25, 2016 in Blog

Lush Cosmetics made headlines recently with the launch of the “Hand of Friendship” soap. Lush, a UK-based cosmetics retailer, is no stranger to what they call “ethical campaigns.” They are well known for standing up for animal rights, environmental protection, and other humanitarian causes. From Feb. 15 to 28, 100% of proceeds from the sale of the $5.95 heart-shaped soap will go into the “Friendship Fund.” The fund then gives the proceeds to groups that welcome refugees and help resettle them in North America. Both Amnesty International Canada and...

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Unite Lebanon Youth Project to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 24, 2016 in Blog
Unite Lebanon Youth Project to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala
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Religious Plurality Is At Stake in the Middle East

Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on February 24, 2016 in Blog

The Middle East is the birthplace of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The three faiths have lived, struggled and overcome many issues throughout history and continue to work through similarities and differences. The fabric of the three faiths are a mosaic of the cultural and ethnic composition that make up the beauty of the Middle East. Everyone in the Middle East is suffering due to ISIL and their savage attempt to rule through violence and oppression. Christian communities in particular are being particularly targeted by ISIL’s barbarism. The communities suffering most acutely, Maronite, Assyrian,...

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UNHCR to Receive Award for International Commitment at the 2016 Gibran Awards Gala

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on February 17, 2016 in Blog

       Award for International Commitment   The amount of courage that goes into the decision to uproot your family from your home to an unknown world is extraordinary. For 65 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has ensured that no one needs to make that journey alone. It is their unflagging dedication to...

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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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