Voting Rights Threatened in 27 States

Posted by on July 03, 2012 in Blog

Protecting the voting rights of disadvantaged and minority Americans has been a challenge in the United States since its first elections, and despite widespread laws to prevent racism and discrimination at the polls, the problem of voter suppression persists today. In 2011 and 2012, 27 states around the country saw legislation introduced with the purported goal of combatting voter fraud. However, the Brennan Center for Justice, among other groups, has pointed out that these laws could disenfranchise as many as 5 million eligible voters who don’t have easy access to things like government-issued photo IDs or voter...

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Gov. Rick Scott Declines, Then Agrees, to Write Letter

Posted by on June 07, 2012 in Blog

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Federation of Ramallah-Palestine recently mobilized after Governor Rick Scott declined their request for a letter welcoming participants to their national convention. Each year the Federation requests a letter from a high-level elected official welcoming the participants to their state. Ron Salem, a member of the AFRP Steering Committee, wrote a letter to the editor at detailing the incident and questioning why Gov. Scott declined. Scott’s office later called to apologize and said it was an “oversight”, issuing the requested letter on Tuesday afternoon. This is a great example of how community organizations can effectively...

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Gov. Rick Scott Declines, Then Agrees, to Write Letter

Posted by on June 07, 2012 in Blog

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Federation of Ramallah-Palestine recently mobilized after Governor Rick Scott declined their request for a letter welcoming participants to their national convention. Each year the Federation requests a letter from a high-level elected official welcoming the participants to their state. Ron Salem, a member of the AFRP Steering Committee, wrote a letter to the editor at detailing the incident and questioning why Gov. Scott declined. Scott’s office later called to apologize and said it was an “oversight”, issuing the requested letter on Tuesday afternoon. This is a great example of how community organizations can effectively...

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Laura Hammad: An Arab American Voice in Florida

Posted by on April 04, 2012 in Blog

By Dalal Hillou

2012 Spring Intern

Anti-Muslim rhetoric has lately become rampant within the political sphere. With politicians such as Newt Gingrich stating that “Sharia is a moral threat”, Rick Santorum saying “there is no ‘Palestinian’”, and the recent anti-Sharia bill that passed in the Florida House and almost made it through the Florida Senate, many American Muslims or Arab Americans are beginning to feel that politics may be a useless and painful task. However, that is the opposite of what the community should feel – it should be more involved with politics to combat such bigotry....

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An Interesting Twist on Representative Democracy

Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Blog

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Representative No to SB1360

Yesterday, the Florida Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Subcommittee pushed through SB1360, the Sunshine State’s own anti-Sharia bill in a 5-2 vote. The next step is a vote by the full Senate.

There is much to be troubled about in this legislation—including the fact that it is yet another bill modeled after David Yerushalmi’s legislation, and that it has the unqualified support of the Florida Family Association—the organization that convinced Lowe’s to pull its funding from TLC’s “All American Muslim” because the show “riskily hides the Islamic...

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Florida’s In, But All Remaining Candidates Fight On

Posted by on February 01, 2012 in Blog

While the candidates performed in the expected order in Florida’s Republican Primary results, the wide gaps between them were a bit surprising. Romney won by a very comfortable margin, earning over 46% of the vote. Gingrich came in at second place with 31.9% of the vote. Santorum had a mere 13.4%, while Paul came in with a shabby 7%.

Newt Gingrich was unhinged by Romney’s easy victory, and printed “46 states to go” signs for his second-place victory rally, indicating that he’ll be fighting on for a long time. He is also now embracing the underdog...

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We do exist

Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Blog

by Abraham Hassan

The great Ronald Reagan said it best when he addressed the world from the base of the Brandenburg Gate. “Today I say: As long as this gate is closed, as long as the scar of a wall is permitted to stand, it is not the question alone that remains open, But the question of freedom for all mankind.”

A wall cannot forever be used to keep evil out for it also cages in the good. A solution must be brought that insures that the people of Palestine and Israel are guaranteed the simple fundamentals of human rights....

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Let’s Get Serious About Islamophobia

Posted by on December 12, 2011 in Blog

A few days ago, a right-wing group in Florida protested the TLC series “All American Muslim” on the grounds that “the show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks” and not violent jihadists, demanding that advertisers pull their ads from the show. The result? Advertisers, including the national hardware chain Lowe’s, pulled their advertisements.

Now, let’s do a quick thought experiment: imagine if a white supremacist group called advertisers on the Bill Cosby show demanding they pull their ads because the show only featured African-Americans who “appear to be ordinary folks” and not gangsters and...

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Millions May Lose Their Right to Vote

Posted by on December 08, 2011 in Blog

By Jane Kaddouri

In mid-November, AAI warned members in Florida and Texas that their states are actually trying to prevent them from voting. It’s a curious project, given that only about 55% of Americans vote anyway. But in fact, states around the country are passing legislation making it harder for people to register and vote, and most Americans don’t know anything about it.  The laws impact minorities, students, and senior citizens most profoundly, but to be sure, they’ll impact everyone. Yesterday, this same attack on voting rights was the subject of an article on CNN’s website.

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