Check Your Registration

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 01, 2020 in Blog

Are you registered to vote? Check your registration status below!

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COVID-19 Has Impacted Everything

Posted by Ryan Suto on March 23, 2020 in Blog

COVID-19 has impacted everyone, as we have all been inundated with tragedies, statistics, advisories, updates, and new government measures to fight the virus. Congress has moved at lightning speed to address the epidemic. In total, since Feb. 28, 40 pieces of legislation focusing on COVID-19 have been introduced. And while more relief is in negotiation, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act have already been passed, the latter of which is a 43-page law that was introduced in the House on March 11 and signed into law...

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The Novel Coronavirus is Not an Excuse for Bigotry

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 13, 2020 in Blog

As concerns rise over the global pandemic COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, so too have racist attacks and discrimination against individuals of Asian descent. Such attacks have occurred around the globe – in public transit, schools, businesses, and even on sidewalks – individuals of Asian descent are being targeted by violence and increased discrimination over an incorrect and bigoted assumption that someone with Asian heritage is likely to carry COVID-19. Indeed, even the Centers for Disease Control released information on stigma and resilience related to...

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Underreported, Under Threat

Posted on August 11, 2019 in Publications

In a period of increased xenophobia, racism, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of improving our response to hate crime. 

Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans consists of three parts. Part One provides important context to the nature of targeted violence against Arab Americans. Part Two features a compelling selection of case studies that demonstrate the nature of anti-Arab hate crime, the harms inflicted on individuals and communities, and the limitations of existing laws, policies, and their irregular enforcement to address those harms. Part Three retraces...

Intersecting Lines and Legacies

Posted by Tess Waggoner on August 07, 2019 in Blog
Born in Jerusalem in 1942, Kamal Boullata was a pioneer in both the practice of and scholarship on contemporary Arabic art, renown for evocative works across a variety of artistic mediums in addition to his steadfast dedication to the people, history and rich culture of Palestine.  
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Tell Chairman Engel to Not Advance anti-BDS Resolution

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Action Alerts


From the tea boycott of the American revolution to the Montgomery bus boycott of the civil rights movement, political boycotts have been a fundamental part of our country’s progress, and the right to engage in these boycotts is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

In recent years, however, there have been many unconstitutional efforts to punish U.S. citizens who protest Israel’s human rights violations by boycotting Israel or its illegal settlements. For example, a town in Texas once required those seeking Hurricane assistance to certify that they don’t boycott Israel to qualify for such assistance....

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What Do SCOTUS Decisions Mean for Our Democracy?

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 27, 2019 in Blog

This morning the Supreme Court delivered opinions in major cases that AAI has been anticipating for months. The results of these cases are not cut-and-dry, so here is an overview of what they mean and where we go from here.  

In the citizenship question case, Chief Justice Roberts did find that the Voting Rights Act justification for adding the question was a pretext, a false reason used to cover-up the government’s actual intent. But he also wrote that the Commerce Department’s decision to add the citizenship question was supported by evidence, and was not arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative...

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Time to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Posted on June 25, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner


June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks the six-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder – a decision that eliminated a core element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The Arab American Institute joins other civil rights organizations and allies to mark June 24-30 as a Shelby Week of Action to push Congress to act to restore the VRA and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).  

The VRA aimed to protect the rights of American voters, particularly minority voters, from institutional discrimination and disenfranchisement....

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A Narrow Win Against Racial Gerrymandering: Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2019 in Blog

AAI staff and Spring 2019 interns participated in a rally at the Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in the case.

On June 17, 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed the case Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, in which the Virginia House of Delegates tried to appeal a lower court decision which declared the 2011 Virginia House district maps were unconstitutional as a result of racial gerrymandering. 

This case dates back to 2014, when a group of Virginia voters alleged that the Republican-controlled Virginia...

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2019 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Winners

Posted by Tess Waggoner on June 06, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is happy to announce the 2019 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to four remarkable Arab American students:  Shahab Abdullah, Ahmad Abu-Elhaija, Kathleen 'Kate' Joseph, and Sara al-Zubi.  For tow decades, AAIF has been awarding exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made a...

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