You've Got Mail

Posted by Suher Adi on March 23, 2020 in Blog

Have you checked your mailbox lately? Because by TODAY you should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau inviting you to fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire!

While these are trying times, the good news is that you can stay engaged while still doing your best to remain as healthy as possible. Filling out your 2020 Census questionnaire takes just 10 minutes and has a huge impact on the long-term wellbeing of our communities.

You can fill out your 2020 Census form either online, by mail or by phone (844-330-2020). Both online and phone options...

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Yalla Count Me In!

Posted on October 04, 2019 in Programs

Yalla Count Me In is a national, grassroots-led campaign is designed to Get Out the Count (GOTC) of Arab Americans for the 2020 Census.


AAI Welcomes Introduction of Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Press Releases

June 27, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Arab American Institute (AAI) welcomed the introduction of the Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act, which would promote more accurate hate crime data collection and assist hate crime victims and their communities. The bill represents the efforts of a broad coalition determined to improve the federal, state, and local response to hate crime, and is named after Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer, two victims whose murders were prosecuted as hate...

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AAI RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE V. NEW YORK

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Press Releases

June 27, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202)429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org The case, Department of Commerce v. New York, required the Court to consider whether the Trump Administration violated the Constitution or federal administrative law in adding a citizenship question. In the case, the Trump Administration furthered various reasons for adding a citizenship question to the census, but the Supreme Court, like the lower federal courts, found these reasons to be merely pretextual. For these reasons, the Arab American Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief in this case which argued that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a...

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STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION ON GERRYMANDERING CASES

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Press Releases

June 27, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

202-429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

AAI TROUBLED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION IN LAMONE V. BENISEK AND RUCHO V. COMMON CAUSE This term, the Supreme Court heard two consolidated cases asking whether political gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The two cases argued in front of the Court were Lamone v. Benisek, which challenged a congressional maps drawn by Democrats in Maryland who rejected proposals to increase minority representation in favor of a political gerrymander, and Rucho v. Common Cause, which challenged a congressional map drawn by Republicans in North...

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Election Central

Posted by Tess Waggoner on June 26, 2019 in Blog

Presidential debate season is already upon us. This evening, in the first of two nights of back-to-back programming, contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination will face off in a crowded #DemDebate pool to articulate their visions for the future of our nation under their leadership.  

Like the candidates, we will be rolling out new resources and materials as the campaigns get underway to help you keep track of it all. 

We are kicking off debate season with the launch of our 2020 Presidential Candidate Tracker, a tool designed to help inform voters about what statements candidates have made and where...

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#CelebrateImmigrants this June

Posted by Tess Waggoner on June 01, 2019 in Blog

Happy Immigrant Heritage Month!

Each year in the month of June, we collect and share stories about the remarkable contributions Arab Americans from all walks of life have made to our society and our country. 

Arab Americans are doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, singers, actors, activists, researchers, athletes, poets, public servants and so much more; all innovators, in so many ways. You can read about some of the outstanding achievements of Arab Americans here. 

Now’s your chance to share your story! 

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#ArabAmericansLead on the Hill

Posted by Kai Wiggins on May 02, 2019 in Blog
“They will see our community through us in Congress, but they will also see our community through you...be proud of who you are.” - Rep. Donna Shalala
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Yalla, Can We Count You In?

Posted by Suher Adi on April 01, 2019 in Blog

On April 1st the Arab American Institute along with other Arab American groups across the country are participating in the first 2020 Census Day of Action, to ensure that the community is fairly and accurately counted! The national campaign called #YallaCountMeIn has a goal of ensuring that Arab Americans engaging in Get Out the Count (GOTC) efforts in their local communities. This launch corresponds with the National Day of Action hosted by a coalition of civil rights groups who are working to ensure all communities, especially those communities who are designated as Hard to Count by the Census...

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Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in the US

Posted by Omar Baddar on November 13, 2018 in Blog

WASHINGTON, DC – The Arab American Institute expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) 2017 hate crime statistics. As expected, hate crime surged yet again in 2017. However, the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of bias-motivated violence committed last year. And while career officials at the Department of Justice continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving communities and preventing hate crime, we remain dissatisfied with the response from this administration. 

The FBI statistics on hate crime data submitted from law enforcement agencies across the United States are...

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