AAIF Hosts "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion" at the 2016 DNC Convention

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 28, 2016 in Blog

As Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explained, "what you hear from a lot of Americans ever since 9/11 is, 'Don't we have to give up a little liberty in order to be safe?'... as if giving up liberty is going to make us safe." This fundamental question set the tone for the Arab American Institute Foundation's panel,  "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Time of Suspicion" at the Democratic National Convention. As part of an effort to bring civil rights and civil liberties issues to the...

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Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention

Posted on July 12, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        July 12, 2016            Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org/202-429-9210 Media Advisory   Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention Panel to Address Profiling, Surveillance and Due Process Washington, DC – On Wednesday, July 27 at 1PM, the Arab American Institute Foundation will host a panel discussion, “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion.” The session, held at the National Constitution Center at Independence Mall, will outline current policy concerns and offer meaningful solutions for delegates and the Philly community. Panelists...

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Rights Ally Briefs AAI Interns

Posted by Hind Omar on June 17, 2016 in Blog

Community ally Sakira Cook stopped by the Arab American Institute on May 27 to talk with our interns about the fight to advance civil liberties. “I really like how she talked about anti Arab and anti Muslim discrimination. It’s personal for me because my boyfriend is Muslim and he travels a lot for work and he has a significant fear of the lack of repercussions for TSA agents’ unjust practices” said Hannah Locop, AAI’s Government Relations Intern. Cook serves as legal counsel at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and for the Leadership Conference’s Education Fund.  As...

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Standing with our LGBTQ Allies

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Press Releases

At this tragic moment, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families in the Orlando community. Our hearts are with our allies in the LGBTQ community who courageously have called for love in the face of hate. They are right. There should be no place for hatred and we must continue to stand together and for one another.  For those in our community who would like to support the Orlando community, Equality Florida Action, Inc. has launched a “Support Victims of Pulse Shooting”...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 18: A Rally Cry

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Countdown
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Due Process, Gun Control, Watch Lists & the Senate

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on June 16, 2016 in Blog

There are multiple pieces of gun control legislation that have been pieced together in response to the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. All four Senate proposals (and the potential compromise bill) are seeking to “keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” which is hardly a disagreeable goal; terrorists should not have guns, terrorists should be in jail. The Senate is expected to vote on them this Monday. However agreeable the goal of these bills are, the legal method by which the bills will deny constitutionally protected rights...

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Act Now to Protect Your Privacy: Require Oversight of the FBI’s Most Extensive Database Yet

Posted on June 13, 2016 in Action Alerts
We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th.
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For Cuomo, Free Speech Is Negotiable

Posted by Nadia Aziz on June 10, 2016 in Blog

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed an Executive Order that would prevent New York state funds from going to institutions or companies that support the global nonviolent “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement. 

By signing an Executive Order preventing state funds from being allocated to institutions that support BDS, New York is suppressing freedom of speech, expression, and association. On Sunday, Governor Cuomo prioritized the economic interests of a foreign ally over our Constitution’s First Amendment.

Numerous perspectives have been offered on this form of nonviolent advocacy — stirring a national conversation and debate on the merits,...

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Muhammad Ali: The Loss of a Champion

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 04, 2016 in Blog
As the world mourns the passing of civil rights icon and world-renowned athlete, Muhammad Ali, AAI President, James Zogby, remembered some of the special moments Ali shared with our community...
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