National Commission for Voter Justice to Hold Hearings, Fight For Voting Rights

Posted by Guest on January 17, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed 

“The National Commision for Voter Justice is a people’s commission and will be one that the people can see, understand and participate in.” That’s how Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes described the transparency and mission of the newly formed National Commission for Voter Justice (NCVJ) during a launch rally on the steps of the Supreme Court on January 17. Speakers included: NCVJ Co-Chairs Barbara Arnwine, Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, John Nichols

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AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Posted on January 10, 2018 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute and 169 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Download full letter here

Dear Secretary Ross:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned 169 organizations,...

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The Arab American Institute responds To President Trump’s Re-Tweeting of a White Nationalist Group

Posted on November 29, 2017 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2017 

Contact: Jennifer Salan, jsalan@aaiusa.org

The Arab American Institute responds To President Trump’s Re-Tweeting of a White Nationalist Group

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director, Maya Berry on President Trump’s re-tweeting of inflammatory ant-Muslim bigotry from a white-nationalist group:

This morning, the President of the United State retweeted three anti-Muslim tweets from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the Britain First Party, a UK-based white nationalist group. As the President’s tweets are official statements of the Administration, these xenophobic retweets cannot be ignored.

The President’s hateful statements toward Arabs,...

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Support Arab American Rights for #GivingTuesday

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 28, 2017 in Blog

We’ve been fighting for Arab American rights all year and need your support to keep the momentum.  

2017 has been full of major policy developments around the Muslim Ban, free speech restrictions, surveillance, and DACA. While responding to these important issues, we’ve launched several new initiatives like the #ReportHate Project to help people report hate crimes, and work with policy makers to strengthen hate crime laws. We also launched #DecodeHate, an interactive website—complete with shareable graphics, videos,...

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What We Don't Know (But Need to Know) About the Arab World Today

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on November 20, 2017 in Blog

American culture oftens dehumanizes and views Arabs in a stereotypical and harmful light. To combat this, it is important that we listen to and work to understand those different from ourselves. On November 14, 2017, Dr. Jim Zogby addressed the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and greater Birmingham community on this topic. His lecture was entitled "What We Don't Know (But Need to Know) About the Arab World Today". The lecture was sponsored by UAB’s Institute for Human Rights and the Birmingham Islamic Society. To an audience of students, faculty, and community members, Dr. Zogby explained the importance...

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2017 Election Results - Arab American Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 08, 2017 in Blog

  Over the past year, we have seen an increase in hate and bigotry towards Arab Americans and American Muslims. Despite the rhetoric and heightened xenophobia, 26 Arab Americans chose to seek public office in the hopes of making a difference in their communities. They spanned the country from California to Massachusetts and Georgia, running for everything from Clerk to State House. Here, we highlight the candidates who ran for office in 2017. There were 21 Arab Americans who made it to the...

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Nour Oubenali: Embracing community activism at an early age

Posted by Guest on October 25, 2017 in Blog

by Sydney Roeder

As the first intern for the Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAAG), Nour Oubenali has been able to bring her love of service into the workplace to make an impact in her community. What is even more amazing is that Nour is only a high school senior, and already tackling major challenges facing the Arab American community.  

Nour’s mother is Tunisian and her father is Moroccan. Both of her parents never finished high school and because of that, she says they have striven to give her a better...

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Nadeen Hayden is Dedicated to Making a Difference

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2017 in Blog

  Nadeen Hayden has never run away from a challenge, on the contrary, she’s embraced them with enthusiasm. This is due, in part, to characteristics that her parents taught her and her siblings: hard work and the importance of education. “There was no other priorities in our home except diligence and education. Because my father was a refugee, he lived under the impression that you could have nothing in an instant. He stressed that we had to...

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Working with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in the Fight Against Hate

Posted by Guest on October 02, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Founded in 1963 by direction of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law fights to ensure the equal protection of and justice under the law, particularly for marginalized and under-protected groups. Following the election of President Trump and the ensuing rise of hate crimes across the country, the Lawyers Committee expanded their work to target hate crimes, both responding to reports of hate and attempting to prevent the crimes and incidents entirely. The new Stop Hate initiative seeks...

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#YallaVote Campaign for National Voter Registration Day a Success

Posted by Guest on September 27, 2017 in Blog

by Sydney Roeder

“Any day upholding American democracy... is a day well spent.” Zane Alkoor with Davidson College noted about the #YallaVote campaign launched by the Arab American Institute Foundation last week. 

September 26th was National Voter Registration Day. Like every other year since #YallaVote’s conception in 1998, AAIF took to the streets to register eligible voters. Nearly 30 organizations across 20 states followed suit, hosting their own #YallaVote tables or events. 

Alkoor’s sentiment about voter registration was felt across other organizations as well. The Middle Eastern Cultural Organization at Denison University registered...

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