Summer Brown Bag Series Kicks off With Reflections from AAI President

Posted by Guest on June 11, 2019 in Blog

On Friday, June 7, 2019, AAI interns sat down with AAI President and Co-Founder Dr. James Zogby for the first brown bag lunch of the summer. His talk gave us insight on the treatment of Arab Americans 50 years ago, the advancements made in community activism during that period, and the work still needed to be done. 

Dr. Zogby began the lunch by introducing his background and history. As a young, first-generation Arab American, Dr. Zogby’s emergence as an activist began with the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. At a time when nearly every major advocacy organization refused to...

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Defendant Convicted for Targeting of AAI President James Zogby and AAI Staff

Posted by Tess Waggoner on May 09, 2019 in Blog

From May 3 to May 7, 2019, current and former employees of the Arab American Institute (AAI) were called to testify in the federal hate crime trial, United States v. William Patrick Syring, at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The defendant, who was indicted in February 2018, was found guilty today on all fourteen counts, including seven federal hate crime charges. Four of these charges involved threats against AAI employees because of their race or national origin and because of their employment at AAI, and the remaining three involved threats against AAI staff because of their efforts...

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