Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: South Carolina's Sheheen Family

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 23, 2016 in Blog

On Saturday, Republican voters had the chance to make their voice heard in the South Carolina Presidential Primary. Donald Trump won the state by 10 percentage points, sweeping all 50 delegates, in the winner-take-all delegate system. Unlike the Republican delegate system, Democrats will vote this Saturday, February 27th, and South Carolina’s 53 delegates will be awarded to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders proportionate to the primary vote count. Black voters will play a powerful role, as they did in the 2008 primary, comprising 55% of voters in the Democratic Party...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted on February 22, 2016 in Action Alerts

This presidential election season has seen an increase in hate crimes. We believe the hateful and inflammatory rhetoric that some of our public officials are engaging in is a contributing factor to this increase. Representative Cicilline is introducing the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” this week. This legislation is crafted to address the increase in hate crimes and prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.   Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 43,000 hate crimes committed in the U.S. that involved a gun. According to the Southern Poverty Law...

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Ask your Representative to Co-Sponsor the Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 22, 2016 in Blog
Contact your Representative and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the “Hate Crimes Prevention Act” to prevent individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from buying or possessing firearms.
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Apple CEO’s Letter to America

Posted by Kevin Hack on February 22, 2016 in Blog

Apple CEO Tim Cook entered into a high stakes fight with the government last week when he released a letter to customers outlining his opposition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand that Apple grant the government access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

Cook highlights the importance that customers place on the security of their data and the popularity of Apples end-to-end encryption of devices, primarily in protecting it from hackers and criminals, and the similar importance that Apple places on providing that security. He...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No.4: Let’s Get In Formation

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: New Hampshire results are in and they are surprising; FBI debuts new CVE computer game to serious criticism; Egypt's Foreign Minister was in DC; DOJ files suit against Ferguson, MO; Beyonce shows us what a powerful formation can be.
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Leadership or Pandering: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Blog

One of the many ways we are ghting intolerance is by holding public of cials accountable for the rhetoric they espouse. The Arab American Institute’s “Leadership or Pandering” series examines statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no of cial can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope that it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of “Leadership or Pandering” examines xenophobia and...

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Celebrate Human Rights Day

Posted by Nadia Aziz on December 10, 2015 in Blog
On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every year on December 10th, the world commemorates this occasion by celebrating Human Rights Day.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 40: Who's the Leader?

Posted on December 10, 2015 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: POTUS addresses the nation, an omnibus bill in Congress, Donald Trump and more
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Another Mass Killing, More Hate

Posted on December 07, 2015 in Washington Watch
Just as there are so many unanswered questions about why Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, massacred 14 people at an office party in San Bernardino, California, there is so much that is tragically clear.
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On the Post-Paris Surveillance Frenzy

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on November 30, 2015 in Blog

As we saw in the wake of the  9/11 terrorist attacks and now in the aftermath of ISIL’s attacks in Paris, governments respond to these heinous terrorist operations with legislative efforts that seek to restore a sense of security by increasing government surveillance powers. Here in the U.S., we are still fighting to reign in many of the surveillance powers that were enshrined in the PATRIOT Act immediately following 9/11, under which counter-terrorism surveillance programs like the NYPD spying unit operated and under which the bulk collection of US citizen and non–citizen data expanded rapidly. 

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