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.


Pennsylvania Leaders Take a Stand Against Bigotry at Arab American Advocacy Day

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...

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Just to Reiterate, Bigotry Has No Place in the Public Discourse

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...

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Tell Your Member to Support Admitting More Syrian Refugees to U.S.

Posted on September 11, 2015 in Action Alerts
Tell Your Member to Support Admitting More Syrian Refugees to U.S.
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Tell Your Rep. to Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

Posted on July 27, 2015 in Action Alerts
Tell Your Rep. to Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
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Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Action Alerts
Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism
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Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 16, 2015 in Blog
Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations
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Share Your Immigration Story

Posted on June 05, 2015 in Action Alerts

Please join the Arab American Institute in celebrating immigrant heritage by sharing your own "Welcome" story-- it could be about when you arrived in the United States, when your parents made the journey, or the story of a distant relative a few generations ago. We need to hear it.

As Arab Americans, we have always shared these stories with great pride. Now, we need to make them part of this wonderful national conversation in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

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Tell your Representative to strip out amendments that change U.S. policy on Israeli Settlements

Posted on June 05, 2015 in Action Alerts

The U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements. 

The amendments (offered by Senator Cardin and Representative Roskam) are framed as a righteous slap on the hand of the European countries participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). But in truth, they erase the Green Line completely by conflating the Israel and its illegal settlements. When first considered the amendment was heatedly debated because it will in fact...

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Join the Fight Against Surveillance

Posted on June 01, 2015 in Action Alerts

This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation.  If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...

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