AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census

Posted on January 26, 2018 in Press Releases


January 26, 2018


Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Rejection of the “Middle Eastern or North African” Category from the 2020 Census:

Today’s announcement from the Census Bureau that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern or North African” category or use a combined question format is an egregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision comes after the Office of Management and Budget...

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The Right to Party: The Legacy of One AAIF Scholarship

Posted by Guest on January 24, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmad

Leah Haidar received a 2017 AAIF Helen Abbott Community Service Award for her outstanding youth leadership and community service. Now in college, we caught up with Haidar, getting details on her groundbreaking Party Project and what she’s doing now.

The Party Project

Haidar started the Party Project as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award possible for Girl Scouts. Haidar explains, “My troop hosted Halloween parties for...

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What Moves People to Action? A Talk with Dr. Dana Fisher

Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...

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Good enough for government work? Joint DOJ/DHS terrorism report presents misleading data.

Posted by Kai Wiggins on January 18, 2018 in Blog

At yesterday’s White House press briefing, Edward O’Callaghan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, discussed some of the findings published in Tuesday’s joint DOJ/DHS report on terrorism and immigration. The long-overdue report was released amidst an immigration debate on Capitol Hill that has seen spasmodic eruptions in recent days. Questions regarding the timing of the release, which a senior administration official assured was merely “coincidental,” aside, the 11-page report has been the subject of many more...

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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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