2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 24th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2015 in Blog
Swing State Gerrymandering Loses in Florida, Elsewhere Illinois Is the First State to Sign Anti-BDS Bill into Law Virginia Voter Registration Changes Seek to Simply Form Grayson Heats Up Democrat’s Senate Primary in Florida
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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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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 6th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 10, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state.

Florida Supreme Court Invalidates Congressional Redistricting

The Florida Supreme Court threw out parts of the state’s congressional map on Thursday, ruling that state lawmakers violated...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 17: Someday this war's gonna end

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Perpetual war?, Israel's impunity, HRC and voting rights, and another anti-BDS law
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Together We Came

Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Blog

A dedicated servant to public life, Charles “Chuck” Abdelnour was born on February 12, 1938 in the desert town of Brawley, California. Abdelnour would go on to lead a fruitful career centered on putting people and his country first.

Abdelnour is the son of Lebanese Immigrants, his father Gabriel Abdelnour fled Lebanon in 1917 to escape religious persecution. Grateful for his newfound sovereignty, Gabriel reminded his children to hold dear the beauty of democracy and freedom.

From his father, Abdelnour inherited the desire to be part of the democratic nation...

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Voting Rights

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Domestic Policy

President Obama’s 2015 speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama reignited a long fought battle to protect the right to vote for all citizens. As the President noted, voter ID laws and the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder have seriously impeded and infringed on that essential right. The VRA was passed to outlaw discriminatory voting practices that had disenfranchised racial and ethnic minorities in the United States for decades.


50 Years After Selma: Our Past, Our Future

Posted by on March 07, 2015 in Blog

Today, President Barack Obama is in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the iconic marches that turned violent. Aptly referred to as “Bloody Sunday,” the march in Selma was an important turning point in the civil rights movement. Worldwide TV coverage broadcast powerful and shameful images of police officers brutally attacking nonviolent marchers who were attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The resulting media attention and government intervention to protect future civil rights marches helped spur the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) just five months later,...

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AAI Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 19, 2015 in Arab American Institute

Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.

  A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the...

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The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans have been invested in the civil rights movement since its beginning stages in the 1950’s, and continue to be a supportive voice in the shared struggle for human rights. The Arab American community has made significant contributions to the civil rights movement by supporting efforts to end segregation and advance equality and justice in the United States.

Ralph Johns may not be well known, but he is an Arab American who played an instrumental role at a critical point in the civil rights movement. Johns is credited with encouraging the famous...

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Lost In Translation

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Countdown
Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State.
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