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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24th Annual Virginia Candidates’ Night Dinner

Posted by on October 05, 2012 in Blog

By Vieshnavi Rattehalli

2012 Fall Intern

Hosted by the Arab American Republicans of Washington, D.C. and the Arab American Democratic Caucus of Virginia, the 24th Annual Virginia Candidates’ Night Dinner took place this past Sunday, September 30th, at the Tysons Corner Marriot in Virginia.

The political forum featured a host of candidates addressing the packed ballroom, including U.S. Senate candidates Governor George Allen (R) and Governor Tim Kaine (D); 8th district congressional candidates James P. Moran (D) and Patrick Murray (R); 10th district candidates Frank Wolf (R) and Kristen Cabral (D); and 11th district candidates Gerry Connolly (D) and Chris...

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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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Zogby: Poll Shows Arab Americans Are Key Constituency in Several Swing States

Posted on September 24, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik(202) 652-4988 September 24, 2012

Arab American Institute to Release Survey on Arab American Vote in 2012

Washington, DC – On Thursday, September 27 2012, AAI will release the findings of its recently conducted poll on the Arab American vote, a key constituency in important swing states in this election. AAI will also make available data from similar surveys conducted over the past decade on the Arab American vote.

Dr. James Zogby said:

“A significant number of Arab American votes are up for grabs in this election. As our data going back to...

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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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Bad News for Voters in Virginia

Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog

Voting rights activists in Virginia suffered a defeat on Monday, as the U.S. Department of Justice approved Virginia’s new voter ID law. The legislation, which requires voters to bring identification to the polls for the first time, will go into effect in time for Election Day in November.

The law has a more expanded definition of acceptable ID than most other voter identification laws across the country, and according to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the DOJ found that the law does not violate the Voting Rights Act. The Brennan Center for Justice has found that...

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Arab Americans at the Conventions

Posted on August 15, 2012 in Arab American Institute

Arab Americans at the Republican National Convention


Mayor Sam AbedAlternate Delegate, District 50 

Sam Abed, mayor of Escondido, CA, has been an active member of his community ever since immigrating to the United States from Lebanon in 1987. For Abed, becoming a U.S. citizen “was one of the proudest days of my life”. In 2004, Abed ran for city councilman and won. This was only the beginning of his political career. In 2010, he became mayor of Escondido. As mayor, Abed believes “we have come to a crossroads in the...

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Make Your Voice Heard: Arab American Week of Action

Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog

The 2012 elections are heating up, and AAI has been working to keep you informed of key election developments in your state and nationwide. Now, we need your help to ensure that the Arab American community has a voice in the lead up to November.

Join AAI and NNAAC in mobilizing Arab Americans across the country to meet with their representatives in the home district office during our Week of Action from August 13-17. Building and sustaining a relationship with your elected official is one of the most important ways to effectively advocate on your issues. Our...

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Voting Rights Threatened in 27 States

Posted by on July 03, 2012 in Blog

Protecting the voting rights of disadvantaged and minority Americans has been a challenge in the United States since its first elections, and despite widespread laws to prevent racism and discrimination at the polls, the problem of voter suppression persists today. In 2011 and 2012, 27 states around the country saw legislation introduced with the purported goal of combatting voter fraud. However, the Brennan Center for Justice, among other groups, has pointed out that these laws could disenfranchise as many as 5 million eligible voters who don’t have easy access to things like government-issued photo IDs or voter...

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