The Novel Coronavirus is Not an Excuse for Bigotry

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 13, 2020 in Blog

As concerns rise over the global pandemic COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, so too have racist attacks and discrimination against individuals of Asian descent. Such attacks have occurred around the globe – in public transit, schools, businesses, and even on sidewalks – individuals of Asian descent are being targeted by violence and increased discrimination over an incorrect and bigoted assumption that someone with Asian heritage is likely to carry COVID-19. Indeed, even the Centers for Disease Control released information on stigma and resilience related to...

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One Step Closer to Airline Discrimination Oversight

Posted by Ryan Suto on August 23, 2019 in Blog

Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, “Airline Consumer Protections: Information on Selected Airlines’ Non-Discrimination Training Programs” pursuant to an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 for which the Arab American Institute (AAI) successfully advocated. AAI has long worked with Congressional partners to address airline discrimination and has held events on Capitol Hill highlighting the issue.

Yesterday’s report notes that the GAO met with AAI, along with three other advocacy organizations, in part because of AAI’s “expertise examining racial non-discrimination issues and recommendations.” The report found 828 total complaints...

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