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 Welcomes NO BAN Act

Posted on April 10, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Tess Waggoner, (202) 429-9210

AAI WELCOMES THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NO BAN ACT

WASHINGTON, DC —  Today, AAI joins a diverse coalition of nearly 400 civil rights, faith, national security  and community organizations in announcing their support for the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (“NO BAN Act”), a historic civil rights bill that would essentially end the Muslim, Refugee and Asylum Bans and prevent discrimination based on faith or national origin in immigration.

AAI signed a joint letter sent to Congress endorsing the bill ahead of its bicameral introduction...

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House Hearing on Hate Crime Becomes a Platform for Hate

Posted on April 09, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, April 9, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on "Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism." Given our work on hate crime prevention and the burgeoning threat of white supremacist violence, the Arab American Institute was encouraged with the announcement of this hearing. Further, we hoped members of the committee would make a clear-eyed, good faith assessment of the evidence at hand.

According to data collected from state and local law enforcement agencies under the federal Hate Crime Statistics Act, 2017 saw the greatest single year increase and first three-year consecutive annual increase of reported hate...

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On National Census Day of Action, AAI Launches “Yalla Count Me In”

Posted on April 01, 2019

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April 1, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

 twaggoner@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210

On National Census Day of Action, AAI Launches “Yalla Count Me In”

WASHINGTON, DC – On April 1, 2019 the Arab American Institute along with a coalition of Arab American organizations formally launches, Yalla Count Me In, a national campaign to Get Out the Count (GOTC) of Arab Americans during the upcoming decennial Census in 2020. This launch corresponds with the National Day of Action hosted by the Census Counts coalition, civil rights groups who are working to ensure all communities, especially those who are designated as 

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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

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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

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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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