Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Threats Are Now a Daily Event for Many U.S. Muslims

Posted by on September 25, 2014 in News Clips

These are difficult days to be a Muslim in the United States. There was, for example, the drunk man who chased Linda Sarsour and her friend down a New York City street earlier this month calling the two women “f---ing Arabs” and threatening to “chop off your f---ing heads and see how your people like it.”  There was also the gang of young Jewish men who circled her mosque in cars earlier this summer, blasting sirens at worshippers as they arrived and screaming anti-Arab slurs in the pre-dawn darkness. Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association...

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Time After Time

Posted on September 19, 2014 in Countdown
Election season always brings out the best in our government representatives, right?
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Yalla Vote 2014 Voter Guides

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Arab American Institute

                                    

                                           

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Up In The Air

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Countdown
We’re bringing you six topics this week because we can’t neglect talking about the 2014 roller-coaster primary season. “Countdown” is a countdown to elections after all.
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Honoring a Fallen Hero’s Sacrifice: New York to Co-Name Street “Salman Hamdani Way”

Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Blog

Many in our community know the story of 23-year-old NYPD cadet and 9/11 first responder, Mohamed Salman Hamdani, who lost his life at the World Trade Center. To this day, Hamdani, a first generation American Muslim from Pakistan, is still not listed at the 9/11 memorial as a first responder even though he made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his city and fellow citizens. Hamdani’s exclusion from the memorial and his rightful place in history may be linked to a deplorable incident that occurred following his disappearance the day of the attacks...

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Federal Judge Rules NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Legal

Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Blog

In a 10-page opinion filed yesterday in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. District Judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit filed by eight Muslims in 2012 charging that the NYPD’s surveillance on the basis of religion was unconstitutional. Judge Martini denied the plaintiffs’ claims of religious profiling and said “The more likely explanation for the surveillance was to locate budding terrorist conspiracies.”

Equally troubling in the Judge’s decision were his criticisms of the reporting done by the Associated Press team which initially broke the story of the NYPD’s mapping and surveillance of...

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AAI Joins Call for Federal Investigation of NYPD’s Discriminatory Surveillance Practices

Posted by on November 01, 2013 in Blog

By Isaac Levey Legal Fellow

The Arab American Institute proudly signed on to a letter to the Department of Justice this week requesting an investigation of discriminatory practices at the New York Police Department (NYPD), particularly its program of spying on American Muslims. We joined with over a hundred faith, community, and civil rights organizations to request that the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division investigate and bring an end to the disgraceful practices of religious and ethnic profiling that the NYPD has engaged in over the last decade.

We’ve followed news about the NYPD Intelligence Division...

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Bill de Blasio is Leading and Promising to End NYPD’s Spying

Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Blog

By Dena Elian Fall Intern, 2013

The New York Times reported Monday that Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York City, is leading the race against Republican opponent Joseph J. Lhota by 45 points. If that number holds and carries over into the election taking place in a short 8 days, de Blasio will set a new record for the greatest win by a non-incumbent candidate. The record is currently held by Abraham D. Beame, who won in 1973 with a 40-point margin.

De Blasio’s...

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NYPD Corruption Depicted in New Book

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog

By Dena Elian Fall Intern, 2013

The controversy surrounding the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) practices, particularly its “Stop and Frisk” policy that allows officers to detain, question, and search individuals upon suspicion that they have committed or intend to commit a crime, has grown to be a major issue in this year’s mayoral race. In an attempt to bring NYPD’s policies more in line with the Constitution, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has pledged to bring change and transparency to the NYPD. Some may question, though, why a city that has achieved a staggering decline in...

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