Announcing the 2019 Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Posted on February 13, 2019 in 2019 Gibran Gala Awardees

We are delighted to honor the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet with the 2019 Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism


Announcing the 2019 Recipient of the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

Posted on February 07, 2019 in 2019 Gibran Gala Awardees

The Arab American Institute Foundation is delighted to announce the 2019 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be awarded posthumously to Miriam Khalil Zayed at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards on May 2, 2019.


Take Action: Critical Vote on Free Speech Today

Posted by Omar Baddar on February 05, 2019 in Blog

UPDATE: The US Senate's first bill, S1, which contains Senator Rubio's Act authorizing punitive government measures against participants in American boycotts against Israel or its illegal settlements, will be voted on today. Tell you Senators to vote against it!------------------------BACKGROUND: With every new Congress, the House and the Senate set their biggest priorities for their terms in the very first bills they introduce. Typically, these priorities focus on fundamental American interests. But this year’s first Senate bill, S1, takes aim at the First Amendment in an effort to shield Israel and its illegal settlements from American human rights activism that takes...

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Apply Now for 2019 Summer Internships with us!

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 25, 2019 in Blog

Internships at the Arab American Institute provide an exciting opportunity for undergraduate, masters, and law students or recent graduates to gain experience in civil rights advocacy, public policy, and civic engagement. Each summer, AAI accepts 10 exceptional applicants—four are placed internally at AAI and six are placed externally at partner organizations in Washington, D.C. 

For more details and to access the application form, click here! 

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AAIF Scholarship

Posted on January 18, 2019 in Opportunities

Background

Helen Abbott, friend, humanitarian, and philanthropist, made dreams come true in the Lincoln Park Community of Fort Pierce, Florida. Upon arriving in the community in 1989, Ms. Abbott noticed that most of the individuals needing affordable housing and paying rent were black. The bell of discrimination rang in her head, and her active mind started thinking of ways in which she could become active in her new community. Ms. Abbott donated $500,000 from her personal funds and worked closely with the City’s Housing Authority to secure an...


Take Action: Tell your Senators to Oppose Rubio’s Attack on the First Amendment

Posted on January 07, 2019 in Action Alerts

With every new Congress, the House and the Senate set their biggest priorities for their terms in the very first bills they introduce. Typically, these priorities focus on fundamental American interests. But this year’s first Senate bill, S1, takes aim at the First Amendment in an effort to shield Israel and its illegal settlements from American human rights activism that takes the form of boycotts.

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today introduced the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019

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Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Posted on November 13, 2018 in Press Releases

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November 13, 2018

CONTACT: Omar Baddar

obaddar@aaiusa.org 

(202) 429-9210 Hate Crimes Continue to Surge in America

Underreporting Remains Significant Problem in FBI’s Annual Statistics

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...

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How Arab Americans performed in the Midterm Election

Posted by Haley Arata on November 07, 2018 in Blog

This year, 25 Arab Americans ran for seats in the US Senate or US Congress, or as Gubernatorial candidates. Of those, 12 were on November 6th ballots, and nine were elected by their respective constituencies. A heightened level of enthusiasm surrounded the elections of Ilhan Omar, MN-5, and Rashida Tlaib, MI-13, who are both Arab American and the first American Muslim women to be elected to US Congress.

Two candidates reign victorious in Florida: Donna Shalala in the 27th District and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the 26th

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#YallaVote: Get Involved with the Midterm Elections!

Posted by Haley Arata on October 23, 2018 in Blog

Election Day, November 6th, is right around the corner. We know you all will cast your vote with pep in your step, but what are you doing to make sure others do the same?

Commit to one (or two, three, all) of the following actions to get out the vote leading up to and on Election Day:  1. Make phone calls to registered voters at a Yalla Vote Phone Bank.

Join us at our Washington, D.C. office to make phone calls to voters to make sure they know everything they need to know to get to the polls and successfully cast...

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Trump Can Kill Oslo, But Not Palestinian National Aspirations

Posted on September 15, 2018 in Washington Watch

By James J. Zogby 

In recent weeks, the Trump Administration has taken a series of drastic punitive actions against the Palestinian people. Some analysts have accepted the official White House explanation that many of the actions were done either out of displeasure with actions taken by the Palestinian leadership or as pressure forcing them "to take steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel." I disagree. When added together, the Trump Administration moves are so all-encompassing and far-reaching that I suspect a more ominous intent. Here's what the administration has done:They cut US assistance to UNWRA,...

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