2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles

Posted on February 19, 2020 in ELECTION CENTRAL 2020

AAI has active profiles for all 2020 Presidential candidates, which are continuously being updated with new information.


Super Bowl Sparks Pride

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 03, 2020 in Blog

Last night’s Super Bowl brought Arab Americana into the homes of many in unprecedented ways. The evening’s roster was a major source of pride for many Arab Americans. 

First, it was a historic night as Robert Saleh became the first Arab American known to coach in a Super Bowl. The Detroit Free Press reported on the mood in Dearborn: 

“It just feels like it’s just one of us, 'cause he went to school with us, he knows people we know,” said Ashraf Dabaje, 35, who celebrated San...

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The Call for Change in Iraq

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 29, 2019 in Blog

Iraq reels from news reports that a masked gunmen fired upon protesters in Karbala earlier today, killing 18 people. The event caps off a dark month of October in country, over 16 years since the U.S. invasion. In total, at least 240 people have been killed and at least a staggering 8,000 people have been injured in widespread protests which have been met by an authoritarian response of violence and repression. This comes as President Trump continues to remove U.S. assistance from counter-terrorism and humanitarian efforts throughout the Middle East, while re-focusing U.S. attention where he...

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Emel Mathlouthi Serenades Washington D.C.

Posted by Tess Waggoner on October 18, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation was delighted to host Emel Mathlouthi in concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in partnership with the Artistic Freedom Initiative, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Tunisia Association. The performance marked the last stop of her North America tour for her latest album, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, released on September 27, 2019 by Partisan Records.

After Mathlouthi’s performance at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards last spring, where we presented her with an...

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Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in Washington, DC

Posted by Anastasia Horn on August 22, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is excited to host Emel Mathlouthi on October 17th, 2019 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.  A Tunisian musician whose songs focus on peace and justice, her work was banned in her home country from 2008 to 2011.  During the 2011 revolution, her song “Kelmti Horra” (My Word is Free) became a rallying cry for the protesters, especially after she was filmed singing it in the streets of Tunis.  In 2015, she performed an awe-inspiring rendition of “Kelmti Horra” in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, where Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was...

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August Recess

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!


Tell your Congressperson to Co-Sponsor, Support H.Res.496

Posted by Tess Waggoner on July 17, 2019 in Blog
H.Res.496 which affirms the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, and that includes advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
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This Weekend's New Immigration Enforcement Raids Are More Institutionalized Cruelty

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 22, 2019 in Blog

For resources on what to do if you fear being approach by immigration officials, in English and Arabic, please see our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Beginning early tomorrow morning, federal immigration officials will begin conducting a mass roundup of migrant families in and near ten cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Mark Morgan, 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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An Introduction to Disinformation, Interference, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

In 2020, for the first time ever, the US Census will allow for online responses. This will be accompanied by an increase in official Census Bureau advertisements, particularly online, including social media. However, Census officials are anticipating targeted campaigns on social media designed to spread disinformation about the decennial census, which will compete with official advertisements for space on timelines and in respondents’ memory.

Ever since the 2016 election, the question of how to deal with disinformation – that is, maliciously spread false information – on social media has made headlines, and social media companies ranging from Facebook...

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