Muslim Advocates Files Lawsuit to End NYPD Profiling

Posted by on June 08, 2012 in Blog

In response to the troubling revelations of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling by the NYPD, a leading national legal advocacy group has made a powerful and impactful response. Muslim Advocates, representing a diverse group of American Muslims, has filed suit against the New York Police Department alleging unconstitutional and discriminatory behavior in its surveillance of Arab American and American Muslim communities.

The lawsuit highlights some of the more absurd components of the NYPD’s surveillance program, which stretches limited counterterrorism resources to encompass effectively all active members of Arab and Muslim communities in...

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NJ-9 Sets New Standard for Arab American Political Participation

Posted by on June 06, 2012 in Blog

Arab Americans came out in large numbers for yesterday’s Democratic primary between veteran Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman. The newly redrawn 9th District of New Jersey pitted the two candidates against each other, with Arab Americans rallying in support of Bill Pascrell. For years Pascrell has courted and made friends of the Arab American community, and in this highly contentious election was paid back in the form of high Arab American voter turnout in his favor.

Ultimately Pascrell emerged the winner of the race by a large margin, revealing that several months of grass roots GOTV and community mobilization made...

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Changing How We Fight

Posted on June 06, 2012 in Countdown
If you find TSA screenings at U.S. airports invasive, wait until you hear this: Arab Americans attempting to enter Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories are now frequently being forced to open up their emails so Israeli border security can go through their messages and chats. When 42-year old Palestinian American Sandra Tamari refused to log into her Gmail to let Israeli border police go through it, she was expelled from the country.
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Arab American Support for Pascrell: It’s About Engagement, not Israel

Posted by on June 05, 2012 in Blog

Sometime between the beginning and end of their busy schedules today, residents of New Jersey's newly-drawn 9th congressional district will cast their ballots for one of two candidates in the Democratic primary. Arab Americans in the district, including residents of Clifton, Paterson, and Passaic counties, will do their civic duty as well. Many of them, however, are unaware of an attempt to question the motives for their political participation in the primary. Arab Americans in NJ-9 are mobilizing for this election and are throwing overwhelming support behind Bill Pascrell, a candidate they’ve known and respected for years. But an attempt to mar...

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Rep. Holt Challenged Over NYPD Spying

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog

In an amendment to an appropriations bill being considered last week, Rep. Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) [pictured left] attempted to strip federal funding from police departments that use ethnic or religious profiling, as the NYPD has done against American Muslims and Arab Americans in and around New York City. Though the amendment ultimately failed, it received support from nearly 200 Representatives, including 16 Republicans. Some on Capitol Hill misunderstood Rep. Holt’s efforts as an attack on the NYPD. Among them are Reps. Peter King and Bob Turner, both Republicans representing New York. After attacking Holt’s amendment...

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Rep. Holt Challenged Over NYPD Spying

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog

In an amendment to an appropriations bill being considered last week, Rep. Rush Holt’s (D-NJ) [pictured left] attempted to strip federal funding from police departments that use ethnic or religious profiling, as the NYPD has done against American Muslims and Arab Americans in and around New York City. Though the amendment ultimately failed, it received support from nearly 200 Representatives, including 16 Republicans. Some on Capitol Hill misunderstood Rep. Holt’s efforts as an attack on the NYPD. Among them are Reps. Peter King and Bob Turner, both Republicans representing New York. After attacking Holt’s amendment...

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Rep. Rush Holt Leads Congressional Efforts to End NYPD Spying Program

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog

While concerned citizens and advocacy groups have been arguing for months that the NYPD’s surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is illegal and counterproductive, the cause has been mostly ignored by political leaders. New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, offered a full-throated defense of the surveillance program after Associated Press reporters discovered its existence, and President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, also defended the program. However, efforts to end the NYPD surveillance program have recently gained an important ally in Congress: New Jersey Democratic Rep....

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Rep. Rush Holt Leads Congressional Efforts to End NYPD Spying Program

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog

While concerned citizens and advocacy groups have been arguing for months that the NYPD’s surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is illegal and counterproductive, the cause has been mostly ignored by political leaders. New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, offered a full-throated defense of the surveillance program after Associated Press reporters discovered its existence, and President Obama’s top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, also defended the program. However, efforts to end the NYPD surveillance program have recently gained an important ally in Congress: New Jersey Democratic Rep....

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The First Annual South Paterson Arab Cultural Street Festival

Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Blog

This Saturday, Paterson, New Jersey will be introduced to a new side of its Arab American community. April is Arab Heritage Month in New Jersey, and on April 28th, the first Annual South Paterson Arab Cultural Street Festival will take over Michigan Avenue with music, food, and dancing from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Organized by the newly-formed United Arab American Coalition, the New Jersey Arab Heritage Commission, and the South Paterson Small Business Association, the festival will feature Arab Folklore Dancing, Arab American singers, Middle Eastern art and calligraphy, and food from more than 20 vendors. There will be...

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New Jersey

Posted on February 29, 2012 in States

New Jersey Arab American Population

U.S. Census Estimated Arab American Population: 85,956Source: 2005-2009 American Community Survey Rolling 5-Year Average – U.S. Census Bureau

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