Posted on May 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
Posted on April 19, 2016 in Action Alerts
For those who were unable to join us in D.C. for today's Arab American Leadership Days: Advocating for Justice, participate by contacting your member of Congress.
We're not yet halfway through the year, yet 2016 has shown to be a vital year for Arab Americans. From the campaign trail, to Capitol Hill and the White House — programs that have direct impacts on Arab Americans are being proposed and enacted.
Arab American leaders from across the country are participating in Arab American Leadership Days on April 19th and 20th to advocate for justice both on Capitol Hill and at the White House. ...Read more
Posted on February 22, 2016 in Action Alerts
This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase. Representative Cicilline is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms. Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law...Read more
Posted on January 12, 2016 in Action Alerts
In the wake of the tragic San Bernardino attacks, many American Muslims have been the targets of hate crimes and hate speech. While some presidential candidates and public officials have exploited a climate of fear and engaged in hateful rhetoric, Representative Beyer (D-VA-8) introduced House Resolution 569 to condemn the violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States. Representative Beyer has been joined by over 100 colleagues in the House of Representatives who co-sponsor the Resolution to express their condolences for victims of hate crimes, confirm their dedication to the rights and dignity of all...Read more
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...Read more
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on November 18, 2015 in Blog
There have been various efforts from politicians to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. 32 governors have announced that they will temporarily, or permanently, reject the settlement of Syrian refugees in their state. Even worse, some presidential candidates are suggesting that for the first time ever we impose a religious test. And even before the attacks in Paris and Beirut, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim groups like the Center for Security Policy have published material making outlandish claims against Syrian refugees, specifically claiming that "migration is jihad." This is the familiar Islamophobia we’ve seen before, but this time lives hang in...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on November 17, 2015 in Blog
Posted on November 14, 2015 in Calendar
Click here to read about panels, discussions, and all the candidates that we hosted in Dearborn for our #Yalla2016 leadership conference.
Posted by Joan Hanna on October 14, 2015 in Blog
On September 30th, AAI and the Philadelphia Arab American Development Corporation convened at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA for an Arab American Advocacy Day. The day of advocacy focused on a campaign spearheaded by AAI: the Pennsylvania Accountability Project, as well as other community issues, including the Syrian refugee crisis and increasing the Arab American vote by having Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration page translated into Arabic. This initiative aims to fight anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry at the state and local levels of government in Pennsylvania. Two AAI staff members...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on September 18, 2015 in Blog
Last night, Donald Trump’s exchange at a New Hampshire town hall meeting revealed anti-Muslim bigotry which should have no place in this election or any public discourse in our country. You can watch the whole thing here on CSPAN in case you missed it. The moment captured three things: willful ignorance about the faith and citizenship of the President of the United States; fear mongering about American Muslims; and the growing normalization of anti-Muslim and often anti-Arab bigotry not only in the limited setting of Trump’s town hall, but in the mainstream conversation surrounding regrettable events like this.
We’re pleased to...Read more