Despite mass-underreporting, hate crimes surge again in 2016

Posted by Kai Wiggins on November 13, 2017 in Blog

The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased some 4.6 percent in 2016, this after a 6.8 percent surge in reported incidents the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the FBI in its annual report. Most of that increase occurred between October and December of last year, coinciding with the 2016 presidential election. This fact alone seems to confirm what many civil rights and advocacy groups have signaled in light of their own independent reporting: that perpetrators of hate crime felt emboldened to commit acts of bias and prejudice in the wake of...

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AAI joins 80+ organizations in letter to DOJ on hate crimes

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 22, 2017 in Blog

To read the letter AAI signed onto with over 80 other organizations to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, click here.

We live in a nation bent on progress at the outset, and yet so often we fall short of our founding principles. For reasons abound, we have made promises we have not kept. 

On Thursday, June 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department made a promise. Speaking before dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations at the Department’s Hate Crimes Summit, Sessions vowed to take action: 

“I pledge to you: As long as I...

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AAI at the Michigan Response to Hate Conference

Posted by Heba Mohammad on September 07, 2017 in Blog

If you are the victim of a hate crime, you are more likely to remain silent than to report it to law enforcement authorities. That is a highlight of the most recent Department of Justice Hate Crime Victimization Report, and the context in which the Michigan Response to Hate Conference occurred last week. Marking its tenth year, the conference, orchestrated by the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC), has drawn invested community partners annually to share strategies for preventing hate crimes, supporting victims, and encouraging reporting of hate crimes. On September 6th, I joined representatives of community organizations, law...

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Learn more about the #ReportHate Project

Posted on August 23, 2017 in Hate Crimes

We're collaborating with community partners across the nation to #ReportHate. Launched in response to the rising tide of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry, and the under-reporting of hate crimes and incidents against our community, #ReportHate establishes working groups in key states consisting of community leaders and organizations from Arab American and allied communities. The Project encourages communities and individuals to work with their elected officials to strengthen hate crime laws and encourage reporting through official avenues.  Our community-driven approach delivers a tailored strategy for each working group based on local needs, an...

The Portland Stabbing: Labelling Domestic Terrorism in Trump’s America

Posted by Guest on June 07, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

Thirty-five-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian boarded a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail train in Portland, Oregon last Friday. What follows is a disturbing image of the ways in which anti-Muslim bigotry has permeated the experiences of American Muslims in every aspect of their daily lives, including their commutes home from work or school. Christian reportedly verbally assaulted two African-American teenagers, one who was wearing a hijab. Among other racist insults, he told them to “pay taxes” and “go back to Saudi Arabia.” As Christian continued with his outburst, several bystanders, most notably Micah Fletcher, 21, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche,...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017: Expert panel on hate crimes

Posted by Guest on May 04, 2017 in Blog

By Sam Leathley

Jonathan Smith, from Muslim Advocates, spoke on the issue of hate crimes. He began by emphasizing that hate crimes have risen dramatically since the election (Smith’s organization, Muslim Advocates, has been one of the organizations tracking this rise). Smith highlighted three main points regarding hate crimes: underreporting, the necessity of holding institutions accountable, and the narratives surrounding hate crimes.

Hate crimes are grossly underreported—a phenomenon which can largely be attributed to affected communities’ distrust of law enforcement. Underreporting has worrying consequences: if we do not have an...

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Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 14, 2017 in Blog
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to #DumpBannon
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Learn How You Can Make a Difference in Your Community

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 20, 2017 in Blog

Download the Advocacy Road Map Here! The worsening trend of the U.S. government treating Arab Americans and American Muslims as communities solely defined by national security has continued with the Trump Administration. There are ways the 3.7 million Arab Americans, approximately 35% of whom are Muslim, can strategically fight back on key issues—surveillance, bigotry, hate crimes, democracy and free speech—where national security drivers infringe on our civil rights.

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AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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