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.

AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Posted on March 29, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210

AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, AAI Policy Analyst Kai Wiggins provided written and oral testimony to the Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a public briefing seeking to examine hate crimes in the state. 

During his testimony, Wiggins provided a general overview of the national hate crime reporting and data collection system as it currently operates before turning to a specific case study of the historic and currently-operational legal...

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AAI Responds to New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Posted on March 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4984

WASHINGTON, DC – The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry on the fatal mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 worshippers were killed in horrific acts of xenophobic, anti-Muslim violence:  We are called once more to condemn an unspeakable act of hatred. Today's atrocities in Christchurch are a devastating reminder of the burgeoning, unbridled threat of white supremacist and white nationalist violence.   ...

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James Zogby in Iowa This Week To Speak on U.S. Mideast Policy and the 2020 Presidential Election

Posted on March 12, 2019

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March 11, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

 obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 652-4984

ATTN: James Zogby in Iowa This Week To Speak on U.S. Mideast Policy and the 2020 Presidential Election

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Arab American Institute President James Zogby will speak in Des Moines, Iowa, kicking off a two-day tour: 

“Undoing the Damage We’ve Done Across the Middle East: The Current Situation, And What We Can Do About It.”Held in collaboration with more than half a dozen local peace and justice...

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AAI & J Street Hold Joint Press Briefing in Wake of House Resolution

Posted on March 11, 2019

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March 8, 2019

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4984

On Friday, March 8, Arab American Institute (AAI) President James Zogby and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami held a joint press briefing at AAI’s offices in Washington, D.C. The two took questions from journalists on the aftermath of the controversy surrounding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and the House resolution condemning bigotry which passed on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Jim and Jeremy argued that public debate this week raised important questions about how vulnerable communities can best stand together against anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of...

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AAI Testifies in Support of Maryland Hate Crime Training Bill

Posted on February 27, 2019
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry testified before the Maryland House of Delegates, Judiciary Committee, in support of H.B. 699, which would instruct the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to require law enforcement training on identifying, reporting, and responding to hate crimes.
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Civil Rights Organization Condemns Trump's Fear Tactics

Posted on January 18, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2019

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org 

(202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to messaging from President Trump:

"This morning the President of the United States tweeted that a rancher found “prayer rugs” along the nation’s border with Mexico, claiming that many people are “coming across… from many countries.” This comment echoes the President’s claim from October that “people from the Middle East” have been apprehended at the border by U.S. officials, a claim...

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Statement: AAI Welcomes Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

Posted on January 15, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 15, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 Statement: AAI Welcomes Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomes today’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census form. AAI is the only Census Bureau-recognized Census Information Center dedicated to analyzing data on the Arab American community.

When the citizenship question was first announced, we raised concerns that the...

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Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Posted on November 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Underreporting Remains Significant Problem in FBI’s Annual Statistics

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2017 hate crime statistics. As expected, hate crime surged yet again in 2017. However, the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of bias-motivated violence committed last year. And while career officials at the Department of Justice continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving communities and...

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Arab Americans Outraged by Art Jones’ Bigoted Outreach; Organization Sends Cease and Desist Letter Over Misappropriated Logo

Posted on October 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 24, 2018CONTACT: Ryan J. Sutorsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984Washington, DC — The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) demands that Illinois Republican congressional candidate and self-proclaimed former Nazi Arthur Jones immediately end all use of AAIF’s YallaVote name and logo. AAIF sent Art Jones an official Cease and Desist letter on Tuesday after discovering the misappropriation of the YallaVote name and logo in a campaign advertisement supporting Art Jones. The attempt to co-opt a decades-old, inclusive civic empowerment campaign by a white nationalist who seeks to institutionalize hatred, bigotry, and anti-Semitism is deeply offensive and must not...

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AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

Posted on October 23, 2018

AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

(202) 429-9210

The Arab American Institute (AAI), a non-partisan organization advocating on behalf of the Arab American community, is calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to condemn Duncan Hunter’s bigoted campaign against Arab American challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.

In a letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers, AAI noted Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s rhetoric and campaign ads, depicting...

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