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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Bethlehem is in grave danger; Attend screening of 'Open Bethlehem' on 12/12

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on December 08, 2017 in Blog

As the world gets ready to celebrate Christmas and sing about Bethlehem, not many actually know about the town where Jesus was born, or the people who live in it today. The town is situated south of Jerusalem in the West Bank, an area that has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

Bethlehem is in grave danger today, as encroachment of illegal settlements and walls, coupled with restrictive military closures, are threatening the ancient city’s vibrancy and diversity. 

On paper, US policy has long opposed the occupation of the West...

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New Poll: American Attitudes Post Trump

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 29, 2017 in Blog

A recent AAI tracking poll shows a significant positive shift accompanied by a deep partisan rift in Americans’ views of Arabs and Muslims. Once more, in the face of a documented increase in hate crimes and just months after the deadly, white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the findings seem to show Americans have a heightened awareness of racism although there remains a strong partisan divide on the extent of its impact. The poll, which includes questions on Americans’ views toward immigration, the Muslim Ban, hate crimes,...

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A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 06, 2017 in Blog


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A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights 

Washington – Some of the nation’s most authoritative experts on voting rights will address current challenges and solutions to advancing voting rights one year after the historic 2016 election. The one hour briefing will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 10AM, at 121 Cannon House Office Building. Panelists will outline the barriers to enfranchisement that impacted the 2016 election, new challenges put in place since, as well as upcoming changes making their way through state legislatures and the courts. Participants...

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The 2017 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Posted on April 23, 2017 in Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

Join us on April 27th in Washington, DC for our 19th annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala.

Combating the Trend of Hate: AAI Brings Together Rights Groups For Hill Briefing

Posted by Guest on December 12, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar On Thursday, December 8th, the Arab American Institute held a briefing to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting, and potential reporting and policy solutions. The panel, which attracted a standing room only crowd, included Arjun Singh Sethi, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Madihha Ahussain, Staff Attorney for Muslim Advocates, and Nadia Aziz, Government Relations Director of the Arab American Institute. These...

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Combatting the Trend of Hate, Experts Examine Underreporting of Hate Crimes, Uptick & Solutions

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 07, 2016 in Blog

Washington, DC – On Thursday, Dec 8, the Arab American Institute will hold a briefing at 10:30AM to discuss the recent post-election uptick in hate incidents, the historic problem of underreporting considering the 2015 hate crime data and potential reporting and policy solutions. This panel provides an excellent opportunity for congressional staffers who are preparing for 2017 legislative priorities and confirmation hearings to learn first-hand from community experts about what they are witnessing and what policy solutions they envision. “Our nation has witnessed an...

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Join AAI for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...

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Arab Americans at the 2016 Conventions!

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 22, 2016 in Blog

Every four years the Arab American Institute Foundation hosts events at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to put Arab Americans front-and-center on a national platform. Together, the local Arab American community and Arab Americans at the Conventions help us insert our own narrative into the policy discussions taking place at the heart of the election process.

We are excited to announce the following events, please click on each event to RSVP. Contact Nadia Aziz with any questions (naziz@aaiusa.org) Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia, PA

July 25-28, 2016  Click to RSVP

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