Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 18, 2015 in Blog
Posted on November 18, 2015 in Action Alerts
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on November 18, 2015 in Blog
There have been various efforts from politicians to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. 32 governors have announced that they will temporarily, or permanently, reject the settlement of Syrian refugees in their state. Even worse, some presidential candidates are suggesting that for the first time ever we impose a religious test. And even before the attacks in Paris and Beirut, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim groups like the Center for Security Policy have published material making outlandish claims against Syrian refugees, specifically claiming that "migration is jihad." This is the familiar Islamophobia we’ve seen before, but this time lives hang in...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on November 17, 2015 in Blog
Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 16, 2015 in Blog
The heinous terrorist attacks recently perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris resulted in the heart-wrenching loss of over 120 individuals. Yet again, ISIL has demonstrated to the world that it is willing to disregard human life in the name of its warped worldview. Here in the United States, the fallout of this recent attack has been swift and robust. Most notably, some politicians, presidential candidates, and pundits are using the recent attacks to call on the U.S. to close its...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on October 29, 2015 in Blog
The second day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan focused largely on developing political platforms ahead of the 2016 election. In particular, the domestic policy discussion touched on programs and initiatives that have direct impacts on the lives on Arab Americans. The topics discussed were profiling, Countering Violent Extremism programs and effectiveness, and hate crimes.
Sakira Cook of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights discussed how profiling is one of the practices that disproportionately impacts minority communities. Giving context to the Department of Justice’s Guidelines on Profiling, she...Read more
Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog
The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform.
In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.
Over the course...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 23, 2015 in Blog
Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 18, 2015 in Blog
The Arab American Institute joined over 100 organizations in signing a letter to President Obama calling for the United States to accept 200,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2016, including 100,000 Syrian refugees. The letter calls on the US to show solidarity with our close allies in Europe and to continue to increase the amount the US gives in response to the humanitarian crisis.
In stark contrast to the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the White House announced earlier this month, and the 65,000 Syrian refugees that Presidential candidate Governor O’Malley...Read more