2020 Presidential Candidate Profile: John Delaney

Posted on June 26, 2019 in 2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles

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The Hon. Julián Castro served as the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration. Castro was also the Mayor of his hometown San Antonio, Texas. After law...

2020 Presidential Candidate Profile: Tim Ryan

Posted on June 26, 2019 in 2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles

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Key Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.

Scroll on for our take on these 12 issues, and why they are so central for our community.


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The Damaging Legacy of Shelby v. Holder

Posted by Guest on June 24, 2019 in Blog

Lately, the integrity of our democracy, including the fundamental right to vote, is regularly under fire. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) plays an integral role in the protection, or lack thereof, of the democratic rights of citizens. Next week, June 25, 2019 marks the anniversary of the landmark Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Six years later, the decision continues to have a lasting impact on voting rights and the disenfranchisement of voters nationwide.


For almost five decades, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 protected the...

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2020 Candidate Watch

Posted by Tess Waggoner on June 21, 2019 in Blog

Earlier this week the New York Times published an online interactive feature in which they asked twenty-one participating 2020 Democratic candidates 18 different questions, including, "Do you think Israel meets international standards of human rights?"

We were glad to see candidates asked about the issue of Palestinian human rights. 

Here's how each candidate responded:

  I have great concerns about the role Netanyahu is playing in Israel and their relationship with the Palestinians. As I’ve said many times, I believe 100 percent...

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Machinery of Democracy: The Supreme Court’s term on election law

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 20, 2018 in Blog

The past term the Supreme Court took on a number of important election-related cases. Several of these decisions have major implications for how Americans can vote and how districts can be created for the upcoming midterm elections and beyond. Discussed below are each of the Court’s holdings in the following cases, and what they mean for the future of U.S. elections: Husted v. Randolph Institute, Gill v. Whitford, Benisek v. Lamone, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, and Abbott v. Perez.

The Purge: Husted v. Randolph Institute

The Court upheld, 5-4, the legality of an Ohio law which removes voters from the voter registration...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 23: The Worst is Yet to Come

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 247 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Posted on February 16, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: Jennifer Salan, Arab American Institute

jsalan@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210 (desk) 202-494-9857 cell

For Immediate Release:

February 16, 2018

Arab American Institute Response to DOJ Indictments on Election Meddling & Social Media Responsibility

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry

(Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Indictments Regarding Election Meddling: While today’s indictments confirm what any observer of the 2016 presidential election already knows, it remains difficult to accept the nature of the attack on our political system and the impact it had on our election, and the...

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Retirement Party

Posted by Guest on November 17, 2017 in Blog

by Hanna Saba

The 2018 midterm elections are a year away and members of Congress–Republicans in particular—are deciding they want no part of it. Thus far, 12 Republicans in the House and two in the Senate have announced that they plan to retire from Congress at the beginning of 2019. Three others have either resigned or plan to resign soon, and another 10 have announced that they’re running for a different office. On the opposite side of the aisle, four Democrats in the House and zero senators plan to retire from Congress, which is a pretty dramatic partisan disparity.


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Washington Watch: President Trump Wasn't on the Ballot. Nevertheless, He Lost. 

Posted on November 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby With all due respect to the gubernatorial candidates who won their elections on November 7th, there can be no doubt that their road to victory was paved, in part, by voter's rejection of Donald Trump and Trumpism. The president wasn't on the ballot, but his presence was felt by an energized electorate intent on sending him a message of rejection.   Much attention, of course, was focused on Democratic wins in the high-profile contests for governor in Virginia and New Jersey. The margins of these victories were larger than expected and were correctly attributed...

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