2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 20th

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on July 24, 2015 in Blog
Campaign Finance Laws are Still Bending A new poll revealed just 1 in 10 Americans think the climate around campaign fundraising has improved since the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling. Florida’s Republican Voters Have Options – Many Options The races that Florida is faced with this election season are putting the spotlight almost exclusively on Florida’s Republican voters. With two big name Floridian politicians running for President, early polls of Florida’s registered Republicans indicate a large preference for their former governor Jeb Bush over their present Senator Marco Rubio. Pennsylvania Gets Even More Messy The Pennsylvania Democratic party, which is playing host to the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia next year, had a bad week. Chairman Jim Burn announced his resignation as Chair of the state party, a leadership position that put him toe-to-toe with Governor Tom Wolf over staffing decisions last year.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 6th

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on July 10, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state.

Florida Supreme Court Invalidates Congressional Redistricting

The Florida Supreme Court threw out parts of the state’s congressional map on Thursday, ruling that state lawmakers violated...

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Posted on June 16, 2015 in States

Florida Arab American Population

U.S. Census Estimated Arab American Population: 100,627Source: 2005-2009 American Community Survey Rolling 5-Year Average – U.S. Census Bureau

Florida Demographic Sheet 

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Yalla Vote Registration Tool

Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
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Laura Blundy: Committed to Justice and Civil Rights

Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Blog

Two weeks ago, the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) appointed Arab American Laura Blundy to its Florida State Advisory Committee. Laura will be the only Arab American and American Muslim serving on the Florida committee. The USCCR is an incredibly important body, one that is required to fill its advisory committees with a balanced, diverse representation of political and philosophical viewpoints; Laura’s appointment is a huge step forward in giving official capacity to the Arab and American Muslim communities. USCCR is charged with “studying issues relating to discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex,...

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Jay Farhat: Moving Jacksonville Forward

Posted by on February 03, 2015 in Blog

When you speak to Jay Farhat you can feel how deeply he cares for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. His dedication and commitment to public service is evident in his 23 year history with the city. It is no wonder that when his family and friends insisted he run for Sheriff, Farhat took it as an even greater opportunity to serve his community. 

Jay’s father immigrated to Jacksonville from Ramallah, Palestine in 1947. He quickly established their family grocery store as a staple business in the community. It was in his family’s grocery store...

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Make Sure You’re Counted - Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Checkbox

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Action Alerts

Last month, the US Census Bureau announced that it will be testing the MENA category for inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a vitally important measure to correct the problematic under count of our community. Now that the Census Bureau has officially announced it's plans to test the category over the course of 2015, the Bureau is soliciting public opinions on the MENA category's inclusion.

Please join our campaign to support the MENA category's inclusion on the 2020 Census by contacting the Federal Registrar now.

To read more about our efforts to include the MENA category on the 2020...

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These Candidates Are Courting the Muslim Vote

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in News Clips

There actually are a few places in America where pols court the Arab American vote. It’s nice, but it hasn’t translated into real power.

Typically news stories about American politicians and the Muslim community run along the lines of: “Republican Official Demonizes Muslims.”   For example, recently we were treated to Oklahoma Republican State representative John Bennett calling Muslim Americans a “cancer” that must be cut of America. 

And over the last few years we have seen Republican officials fan the flames of hate toward Muslims by championing anti-sharia legislation. Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were...

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Posted on September 10, 2014 in Arab American Institute




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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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