How to Report Discrimination

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 12, 2016 in Blog

Federal civil rights laws were put in place to protect our constitutional rights. Yet despite mechanisms to submit complaints of discrimination, instances of discrimination and hate often go unreported.  In order to protect our civil rights and ensure equal protection, it is imperative that we report instances of discrimination to the proper government entities who can, where appropriate, pursue prosecutions. Below are resources and information on where to report various instances of discrimination and hate.

Employment Discrimination The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

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AAI Joins 150 Civil Rights Orgs to Demand Federal Action on Chapel Hill Murders

Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blog

AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th.

 With hate crimes targeting Arab Americans and American Muslims on the rise, we expect our country’s highest elected officials and the Department of Justice to...

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AAI Hosts Emergency Leadership Summit in DC

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog

Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.

The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...

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AAI Hosts Congressional Briefing on Case for Immigration Reform

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog

In all likelihood, comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t stand a chance of passing through House this summer. Despite the growing, bi-partisan consensus that Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary upset had little to do with his support of limited immigration reform, Republicans and Democrats alike are shying away from addressing even the smallest reforms that can help alleviate suffering felt by many immigrant groups.

On Wednesday, AAI hosted a Congressional briefing with panelists from a broad spectrum of ethnic groups which are directly impacted by the US’s failing immigration system. Experts included: AAI President Jim Zogby,...

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AAIF Awards 2013 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is delighted to announce that the 2013 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to Rita Ainane, Ahmed Eissa, and Nadia Aljabi. These impressive individuals come from diverse backgrounds but have one thing in common: a dedication to community service and a drive to create change.
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Arabic Program Offers Middle East Experience for Students

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi Is your child interested in studying Arabic? Would you like your child to get a real sense of Middle Eastern culture while growing in a nurturing environment with other youths? The King’s Academy offers high school students from the United States the opportunity to experience the culture of the Middle East in Jordan while enrolled in an intensive Arabic language study. With fellow students and professional teachers, the program is the gateway to Middle Eastern cultural immersion and experiential learning.
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Supporting Scholars at the Undergraduate Level: Offering Opportunities, Opening Minds

Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi The scholarship will support young adolescents and college students of Arab descent (of any of the Arab League countries) at the undergraduate level.
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AAI Hosts Chicago Town Hall on US Foreign Policy & Syria

Posted by on August 06, 2012 in Blog

The Syrian uprising has gone through many phases since the first mass protests in March 2011. It has evolved – though some might say devolved – from a popular movement similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia, into a full-scale armed insurrection more reminiscent of the situation in Libya. In the past few weeks alone, Syrian security forces have laid siege to the city of Aleppo, mortar shells have fallen on the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, a bomb exploded inside a TV station in Damascus, and several high level Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab, have defected to the opposition....

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AAIF Awards 2012 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is pleased to announce that the 2012 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to Tess Waggoner, Abeer Hassan, and India Williams.
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Helen Abbott Community Service Awards

Posted by on April 04, 2012 in Blog
The Foundation gives up to two $1,000 awards to university students who exemplify these traits, and one $500 award to an outstanding high school student. This year’s applications are due April 13, 2012.
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