Act Now: Say No to Drone Surveillance in the US

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Blog

We’ve written a number of times about the lack of transparency around the administration’s drone policy and its constitutional implications. As the administration continues to face scrutiny for its use of drones abroad, state legislators are introducing legislation to combat the use of drone surveillance domestically. More than twenty state, have considered creating laws that would limit or ban the use of unmanned aerial systems, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

AAI, in addition to several civil rights groups, has signed on to a petition calling on the US Bureau of Customs and Border...

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Protecting the Voting Rights Act

Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Blog

Today, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on one of the most important legislative initiatives from the Civil Rights era: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The VRA ensures that all eligible American citizens are able to vote, unimpeded by processes or regulations— from literacy tests and English-only ballots, to moving polling places and redistricting—that could effectively disenfranchise ethnic minorities.

The VRA has been upheld a number of times over the years, upheld by the Supreme Court in 2009 and extended three times by Congress. The most recent extension, through 2031, passed in...

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ACT TODAY: Tell Your Senators the FBI Should Track Hate Crimes Against Arab Americans

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Blog

There is a problem with the way federal law enforcement tracks hate crimes aimed at the Arab American community: they don’t.  

In the past ten years, there have been more than 800 incidents involving “violence, threats, vandalism, and arson against persons perceived to be Muslim or to be of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian origin.” Federal charges have been brought in only a handful of cases, with only 45 convictions as of March 29, 2011.

Two senators are working to change that, and they’re asking their Senate colleagues to help them. You should too.

Senators Dick Durbin...

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Voter Intimidation: Be on the Lookout

Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Blog

A Texas- based group, True the Vote, plans to mobilize millions of poll watchers around the country. But some fear that its real intention is to intimidate minority voters. Their fears were confirmed last month when True the Vote’s national election coordinator told poll watchers that their aim should be to make for voters feel “like [you’re] driving and seeing the police following you.”

The organization, which has openly stated its intention to oust President Obama, has been the subject of media investigations regarding its attempts to purge voter rolls across the country....

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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The Arab American Vote: 2012

Posted on October 01, 2012 in Washington Watch

Arab Americans matter. Well integrated into all spheres of American life, Arab Americans are teachers, medical professionals, auto-workers, and first responders. In communities across the country the Arab American business community is a key to local prosperity. Arab Americans are also a bridge to their countries of origin, providing critical political and business insights into developments unfolding in the MENA region. And Arab Americans have been termed "the weak link in America's civil liberty chain" - because the rights of the community are sometimes put at risk by aggressive unconstitutional law enforcement practices. 

In an election year, in several areas...

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Turning Surveillance on its Head

Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Blog

Turning Surveillance on its Head

The New Jersey ACLU has released a free iPhone app that allows citizens to record their interactions with police. “Police Tape,” which runs off the iOS operating system on iPhones and iPads, disappears from the screen once it starts recording. Users can save a copy of the recorded video and even send a copy to the ACLU. Ed Barocas, Executive Director of ACLU-NJ says, “The technology empowers citizens to place a check on police power directly.”

To date, more than 35,000 people have downloaded a similar app released in July for Android devices.

No...

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AAI, NNAAC Adopt New Logo for Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Blog

The Arab American Institute (AAI) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) have adopted a logo for National Voter Registration Day on September 25. The Logo, designed by Nabil Ahmed Khatri, a high school student from Queens, New York with his own graphic design business, will be worn by thousands of Arab American volunteers across a number of states participating in efforts to register voters for the upcoming November elections. AAI and NNAAC are mobilizing the community by hosting a number of election-related events including town halls, GOTV efforts, and a virtual phone banking system targeting eleven key states...

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Standing Up for Civil Liberties in NY

Posted by on September 13, 2012 in Blog

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to extend the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act through 2017. Civil liberties advocates have long criticized FISA, which authorizes warrantless monitoring of electronic communications – from phone calls to emails – of foreigners as well as U.S. citizens.

One of the 118 Members who voted against the extension was New York’s own Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who said that it is “vital in a free society that we limit government, protect the constitutional rights of Americans here and abroad, and limit warrantless spying to genuine foreign intelligence.” Perhaps referring to New York’s own surveillance scandals,...

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