We the People: Obama's Final State of the Union

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 14, 2016 in Blog
On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union (SOTU) address. Outlining his speech with four “big questions” for America to address, he discussed the progress his Administration has made, and where he would like to see America in 10 years and beyond. The speech broke from tradition, appealing directly to the American people and focusing more on the future of our nation and less on future policies of the administration. Below are some of our takeaways from last night’s speech and the Republican response by Governor Nikki Haley.  
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Vote Against H.R.4038/S.2300, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts

On January 20, 2016, the Senate will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France. While this bill seeks to enhance our national security, in reality, it tastelessly takes advantage of the recent tragedies in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California to strengthen the politics of fear, and seeks to enforce additional security requirements on the U.S. admission of Syrian refugees. The reality is that the U.S. already implements the most...

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Obama's Final State of the Union: What to Expect

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 10, 2016 in Blog
President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union (SOTU) address tonight. Teased as a “non-traditional” SOTU by the White House, the President is expected to speak more directly to the American people, as opposed to speaking to Congress as he has done previously. The speech will discuss the progress made on a range of issues during his tenure thus far.
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A Christmas Lesson

Posted on December 29, 2015 in Washington Watch
There are two Christmas stories. There is the romanticized antiseptic tale that has taken hold in our popular culture. It is the "Silent Night"/"Oh! Little Town of Bethlehem" version. Mary is smiling; Joseph is hovering protectively over mother and child. Animals provide warmth; angels are singing; and shepherds come to see the new born "Babe in the Manger". In this version, all is pure and all is bright. It is a comfortable story. But it's not real.
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Collateral Repair Project

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on December 22, 2015 in Blog

The Syrian refugee crisis saw an increase in media attention in 2015, in part due to statistics that demonstrated the crisis contributed to the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Tragic images of refugees fleeing to Europe struck a chord of compassion in many hearts. Rhetoric seemed to change when politicians began using unwarranted and misguided fear-mongering tactics in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. In the United States the dialogue evolved around how many Syrian refugees the U.S. should admit, and the various stages of security screenings...

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AAI Meets with White House Officials for Syrian Refugees Roundtable

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 21, 2015 in Blog
On Friday, December 18, 2015, AAI participated in a Syrian Refugees Roundtable Discussion and a Citizenship Briefing at the White House along with a diverse group of ethnic organizations and organizations helping Syrian refugees resettle in the United States.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 39: An Average Week in America

Posted on December 03, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown shootings in the US, Trump's bigotry, EU out of "peace process" and more
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 38: Who Are We Worried About?

Posted on November 25, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Backlash from Paris impacts refugees, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is released, backdoor encryption is the new toy Congress wants, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back tracks on refugee assistance, France declares war on ISIL.
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We Have Gone Temporarily Mad, Again

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Washington Watch

It has been frightening to listen to the intolerant and near hysterical tone of the debate over admitting Syrian refugees into America. Despite the fact that conflating refugees with terrorism is irrational and bigoted, this notion has spread quickly with: most of the Republican presidential aspirants making frighteningly bigoted statements about refugees or Muslims, in general; more than 30 governors saying that they will not accept Syrians in their states; and 289 Members of Congress voting to restrict the ability of the President to fulfill his goal of increasing the...

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