Call on Congress to Increase Support for Refugee Resettlement

Posted on August 29, 2016 in Action Alerts

In September, President Obama and the United Nation’s General Assembly will both host summits to address the global refugee crisis.  The first-of-its-kind UN GA summit aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to address the large movements of refugees and migrants. It will provide the opportunity for Heads of State to create a blueprint for a better international response to the crisis. On September 20th, President Obama is hosting a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis to “galvanize significant new global commitments” to increase funding of humanitarian aid, to admit more refugees...

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Tell President Obama to Investigate the Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan

Posted on August 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
To date, the U.S. government has not condemned the killing of one of its citizens, nor has it called for a transparent and fair investigation into Mahmoud’s tragic death. Mahmoud’s family deserves to know what happened to their beloved son, as does every family who loses a child. It is time for Mahmoud's government to demand information and an investigation.
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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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Act Now to Protect Your Privacy: Require Oversight of the FBI’s Most Extensive Database Yet

Posted on June 13, 2016 in Action Alerts
We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th.
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Help Protect the Youngest Victims of the Israeli Occupation

Posted on May 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
Please write to your member and urge them to support the request for President Obama to create a “Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.”
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Join Us For Arab American Leadership Days and Contact Your Member of Congress

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.  ...

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

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...

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Ask Your Representative to Condemn Hateful Rhetoric and Violence Against American Muslims

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...

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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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Help us say #NoBigotry and yes to Syrian Refugees

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...

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