2016 Election News Roundup: Week of November 1

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 07, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. Redistricting Reform Wins in Ohio Last Tuesday, Ohio voters took an important stand against political gerrymandering by approving an amendment,...

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Properly Recognizing Salman Hamdani

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 16, 2015 in Blog

The story of Mohamed Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old NYPD cadet and 9/11 first responder who lost his life at the World Trade Center, is well known to many in our community. To this day, Hamdani, a first generation American Muslim from Pakistan, is not listed at the 9/11 memorial honoring first responders, despite making the ultimate sacrifice in service of his fellow citizens. Salman Hamdani deserves to be recognized among the other 9/11 first responders who valiantly ran towards disaster. Hamdani epitomized what it means to be a hero – and he should be recognized alongside and in...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 24th

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on August 28, 2015 in Blog
In this week's Yalla Vote election news roundup: expanded voting rights in California, races to watch in New York, decommissioned voting machines in Virginia, and all the drama around DNC and RNC debates.
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Pamela Geller Heads to the Supreme Court with Seattle and Boston Bus Ad Cases

Posted by Joan Hanna on August 28, 2015 in Blog
The longtime saga of Pamela Geller and her organization, The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), to challenge the boundaries of First Amendment rights continues. On August 12th, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied AFDI the right to post advertisements on Seattle buses that falsely claimed an exaggerated FBI reward for wanted terrorists. David Yerushalmi, the group’s attorney, promised to take this matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. This is not the first time that AFDI has clashed with the court system.
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Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
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A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

Posted by on February 09, 2015 in Blog

By Eve SolimanWinter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the past decade, profiling has had a harmful effect not only on the African American community, but the Arab American community as well. Profiling – whether based on race, religion, gender, national origin - is an issue that has brought together a strong partnership between the Arab American, American Muslim, Hispanic, and African American communities...

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Arab and Muslim Americans Had a Rough 2014

Posted by on January 07, 2015 in Blog

With 2015 now underway Arab Americans and American Muslims are hoping that this year will be better for them than 2014. Throughout most of 2014, reports of hate crimes against Arab Americans and American Muslims across the country were frequent and seen on both the micro and macro level. Just last month, a Somali taxi driver was beaten unconscious by three men who accused the driver of being a “terrorist”. This past November the state of Alabama overwhelmingly passed an anti-Islam amendment that was marketed to voters as a ban on “foreign and international laws”. This is

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Make Sure You’re Counted - Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Checkbox

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Action Alerts

Last month, the US Census Bureau announced that it will be testing the MENA category for inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a vitally important measure to correct the problematic under count of our community. Now that the Census Bureau has officially announced it's plans to test the category over the course of 2015, the Bureau is soliciting public opinions on the MENA category's inclusion.

Please join our campaign to support the MENA category's inclusion on the 2020 Census by contacting the Federal Registrar now.

To read more about our efforts to include the MENA category on the 2020...

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The Arab American Comedy Festival Kicks Off Next Week in NYC

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Blog

Through comedy, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid have not only contributed to changing perceptions about Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, but they've also helped redefine how Arab Americans and Muslim Americans view themselves. Obeidallah and Zaid cofounded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, and since then the festival has gone through a remarkable evolvution. In an interview with Time magazing, Obeidallah reflected on how things have changed, saying the festival's comedians have moved past the  “‘We’re not all terrorists [jokes]’” into something that, years later, is now considered an event that celebrates Arab heritage. “It’s saying,...

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Revolutionary Women: Beirut-Based Artist Marwa Arsanios Discusses Art and Jamila Bouhired

Posted by on October 17, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

In the history of the Algerian post-colonial struggle, Jamila Bouhired stands as one of the most striking and pervasive figures of the revolution. Bouhired, who was recruited by her brother to join the National Liberation Front (FLN) in 1956, was among several French-educated Algerian women who strategically donned the veil in order to carry bombs, money, or messages to different areas of Algiers. Bouhired was arrested in 1957 for carrying a bomb, but ultimately released due to pressure from international human rights groups and French intellectuals....

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