Sen. Lautenberg Remembered as Friend of the Community

Posted by on June 05, 2013 in Blog

By: Matt Haugen

Summer 2013 Intern

When New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday, the national media lauded his legislative achievements, from banning smoking on airlines to raising the drinking age. However, what the octogenarian will be remembered for most in his hometown of Paterson may be the ties and openness he kept with the community he was raised in. While Lautenberg’s comments regarding the Dubai Ports World controversy are infamous, his legacy Arab Americans is a much deeper one.

New Jersey Democratic Party member Samer Khalaf recalls Senator Lautenberg as a friend of the...

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Your State Senator SB 58 is not Right for Florida

Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Blog

By Jennine Vari

Spring 2013 Intern

In March, the Florida State Senate introduced an anti-Sharia bill “Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases,” or SB58. The Florida House version of this bill (HB 351) has already passed, and the Senate Rules Committee could vote on SB58 any day. As it stands right now, if SB58 passes the Rules Committee and gets to the Senate floor, it will likely pass the Senate.

We can’t let that happen.

Here is a bit more about SB58 and the implications it has...

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Congress Votes Tomorrow on Reauthorizing Warrantless Wiretapping

Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Blog
Tomorrow congress will vote on the five-year reauthorization (H.R. 5949) of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), the 2008 law that legalized the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
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AAI Hosts Chicago Town Hall on US Foreign Policy & Syria

Posted by on August 06, 2012 in Blog

The Syrian uprising has gone through many phases since the first mass protests in March 2011. It has evolved – though some might say devolved – from a popular movement similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia, into a full-scale armed insurrection more reminiscent of the situation in Libya. In the past few weeks alone, Syrian security forces have laid siege to the city of Aleppo, mortar shells have fallen on the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, a bomb exploded inside a TV station in Damascus, and several high level Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab, have defected to the opposition....

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Take Action: Investigate Unconstitutional Racial Profiling

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Blog
The tide is finally turning against racial profiling and Islamophobia, but it won’t happen without your help.
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“60 Minutes” Under Fire for Coverage of Israeli Occupation

Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Blog
If you haven’t done so already, please take two minutes today to email "60 Minutes" to thank them for their brave coverage and urge them to resist pressure to distort it.
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Take Action: Take Indefinite Detention of Americans out of the NDAA

Posted by on January 04, 2012 in Blog
A measure put forth yesterday by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) aims to rectify some of the most glaring abuses of the NDAA, and to ensure that the bill “does not authorize the indefinite detention�without charge or trial�of U.S. citizens who are apprehended domestically.” The bill would protect the rights of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and would “state unequivocally that the government cannot indefinitely detain American citizens or lawful U.S. residents without charge.”
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Take Action - Congress Sends Letter To Lowe’s

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Blog

The controversy around Lowe’s decision to pull its advertisements from TLC’s All-American Muslim has ignited an inspiring response from tens of thousands of Americans who were dismayed by the corporation’s willingness to succumb to the pressure of hate groups and Islamophobes.

Yesterday, California State Senator Ted Lieu blasted Lowe’s for their “bigoted, shameful, and un-American” actions.

Today, the United States Congress is weighing in.

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) have circulated an inspiring Dear Colleague letter to all members of the House of Representatives, asking them to sign a letter to Lowe’s...

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Take Action - Tell the RNC to Dissociate from Gingrich’s Remarks

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Blog

Last week, Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich said that the Palestinian people were “an invented people.” Once confronted with those remarks in Saturday’s Republican debate in Iowa, Gingrich did not backtrack, but actually took it a step further, describing the Palestinians as “terrorists”:

Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists.They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, if there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left? We pay for those textbooks through our aid money.It’s fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to...

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Take Action: Say No to Indefinite Detention of Americans

Posted by on December 09, 2011 in Blog
Last week, the Senate passed a dangerous piece of legislation. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, as its name implies, finances most defense expenditures for the year, but this year’s bill also contains what we believe to be unconstitutional additions.
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