When a Crime is Used to Justify Anti-Muslim Legislation

Posted by Guest on June 21, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

Anti-Muslim hate has spread rapidly through the U.S. over the years. While some politicians are stepping up to promote anti-discriminatory efforts, others are pushing more xenophobic legislation like Michigan’s anti-Sharia bill, HB 4499, proposed in April. This bill joins the ranks of proposed anti-Sharia bills across the country. Since 2010, 35 states have either attempted to outlaw, are in the process of outlawing, or have successfully outlawed the legal application of foreign law in their states’ judicial system. These bills emerge from the desire to limit the freedom of religion for certain groups, a direct contradiction to the First Amendment,...

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Arab American Representative Leads a Policy Response to Rising Xenophobia

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....

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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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It’s Unanimous! Montgomery County Ed Board Declares #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 07, 2017 in Blog

Montgomery County in Maryland is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the state so it comes as welcome news that the county’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Smith, and the Board of Education, declared April “Arab American Heritage Month.”

In the proclamation, Dr. Smith recognizes the many achievements of Arab Americans from the local to the national level: “For decades, Arab Americans have made valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American life: science, medicine, education, business, culture, and government…Arab Americans have added to the...

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Communities are Standing Against the Muslim Ban

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 09, 2017 in Blog

From California to New Jersey, and places in between, like Michigan, local governments are standing for immigrants and refugees.   Fahim Abedrabbo was elected in November to the Clifton, New Jersey Board of Education. (BOE) Because Clifton is a diverse, ethnically and religiously rich city, Abedrabbo wanted support the city’s children, regardless of immigration status so he introduced a resolution to that effect. “There has been a [U.S.] law protecting student identities and we as the BOE have an obligation to protect our kids, no matter...

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American Attitudes on Immigration, Civil Rights, and Surveillance (2017)

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Reports

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll tracking American Attitudes toward immigration, civil rights, and surveillance on Friday, January 27, 2017.


Key Findings 41% of Americans, including 52% of Democrats and 44% of Independents, believe we should proceed with the plan to resettle Syrian refugees. 59% of Democrats and a plurality of Republicans and Independents believe that undocumented immigrants, with no criminal record currently living and working in the United States should have a path to legal status....

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