Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

James Zogby Condemns President's Remarks

Posted on July 15, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 15, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Monday, July 15, 2019, AAI President James Zogby issued the following statement: 

President Trump's recent two day Twitter tirade targeting four women Members of Congress was nothing more than a frightening racist appeal to what he considers his "base." This is not a racist dog whistle, this is a siren marking the unmistakable intent of this president to make the spread of bigotry and animosity among Americans the centerpiece of his electoral strategy.

On the one hand, we have seen this before:...

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AAI Responds to Presidential Concessions Regarding 2020 Census

Posted on July 11, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 11, 2019

Following the conclusion of a press conference in which President Trump announced the issuance of a new executive order, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement, 

"President Trump's latest executive order is acknowledgement of his failed extralegal efforts to politicize the decennial census. With that, democracy won. He and his administration have failed and despite their best efforts, we will be counted. Arab Americans are a community that understands the threat posed by the misuse of data in violation of our rights, we will work to...

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AAI Celebrates Omission of Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

Posted on July 03, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202) 429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

July 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following news reports that the Department of Commerce has initiated the printing of 2020 Census forms without the citizenship question, which was the subject of a decision by the Supreme Court last week, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

"This news marks a major victory for all advocates for a fair and accurate Census count and for our democracy. We are grateful for the oversight and accountability mechanisms our nation's systems afford us, which will permit us all to move forward with...

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AAI Welcomes Introduction of Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomed the introduction of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act, which would promote more accurate hate crime data collection and assist hate crime victims and their communities. The bill represents the efforts of a broad coalition determined to improve the federal, state, and local response to hate crime, and is named after Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, two victims whose murders were prosecuted as hate...

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AAI RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE V. NEW YORK

Posted on June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202)429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org The case, Department of Commerce v. New York, required the Court to consider whether the Trump Administration violated the Constitution or federal administrative law in adding a citizenship question. In the case, the Trump Administration furthered various reasons for adding a citizenship question to the census, but the Supreme Court, like the lower federal courts, found these reasons to be merely pretextual. For these reasons, the Arab American Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief in this case which argued that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a...

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STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION ON GERRYMANDERING CASES

Posted on June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

202-429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

AAI TROUBLED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION IN LAMONE V. BENISEK AND RUCHO V. COMMON CAUSE This term, the Supreme Court heard two consolidated cases asking whether political gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The two cases argued in front of the Court were Lamone v. Benisek, which challenged a congressional maps drawn by Democrats in Maryland who rejected proposals to increase minority representation in favor of a political gerrymander, and Rucho v. Common Cause, which challenged a congressional map drawn by Republicans in North...

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Time to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Posted on June 25, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202)429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks the six-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder – a decision that eliminated a core element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The Arab American Institute joins other civil rights organizations and allies to mark June 24-30 as a Shelby Week of Action to push Congress to act to restore the VRA and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).  

The VRA aimed to protect the rights of American voters, particularly minority voters, from institutional discrimination and disenfranchisement....

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AAI Statement on Hofeller memo, decennial census

Posted on May 30, 2019
This morning, news of the Hofeller memo brought to light what AAI and other civil rights groups feared from the moment Secretary Ross announced the addition of the citizenship question to the census: that it was politically motivated to suppress the count of various hard to count communities across the country.
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Defendant Convicted for Targeting of AAI President James Zogby and AAI Staff in Federal Hate Crime Trial

Posted on May 09, 2019

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

202.429.9210

May 9, 2019

Defendant Convicted for Targeting of AAI President James Zogby and AAI Staff in Federal Hate Crime Trial 

From May 3 to May 7, 2019, current and former employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) were called to testify in the federal hate crime trial, United States v. William Patrick Syring, at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The defendant, who was indicted in February 2018, was found guilty today on all fourteen counts, including seven federal hate crime charges. Four of these charges...

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Leadership, Poetry, Friendship, and the Pursuit of Justice Echo at Spirit of Humanity Awards

Posted on May 03, 2019

May 3, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202)429-9210 Leadership, Poetry, Friendship, and the Pursuit of Justice Echo at AAIF’s Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards  The Arab American Institute Foundation celebrated the Spirit of Humanity, offering the promise of hope in the face of darkness in recognizing Gus Newport, Lyse Doucet, RAICES, Emel Mathlouthi and the late Miriam Zayed at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards on May 2, 2019. The gala brought together dignitaries, distinguished guests, community leaders, organizations and individuals to celebrate the enormous contributions of this year’s awardees to our common future,...

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