Immigration reform bill falls short on banning all profiling; Rep. Jim Moran keeps the pressure on to close Guantanamo; Joe Lieberman testifies on PC at Boston hearing; AAI welcomes AP to the club.
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After a drone strikes his village, Yemeni activist Farea Al-Muslimi comes to Washington to have a word with the Senate; physicist Stephen Hawking joins the academic boycott of Israel; former SC Governor Mark Sanford finds redemption; and if you've been harassed at Israel's border, we want to hear from you.
Countdown is AAI’s weekly take on what’s happening and what’s being said by candidates, officials, and pundits—here in DC and around the country.
Thursday May 16, 2013
Today, AAI learned that an amendment (see below) that would eliminate federal funding for bigoted federal law enforcement training programs and materials has received bipartisan support, and will be inserted in the annual Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The amendment was drafted by Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) who has been a steadfast advocate of minority rights on Capitol Hill. Read More »
Wednesday May 15, 2013
Despite a disappointing loss in his bid to become Mayor, former Richardson, Texas City Council member Republican Amir Omar said he “would not change a thing” about his campaign, and vowed to stay involved in community service. In an email to supporters over the weekend, Omar wrote, “I sincerely want what is best for our City and you can count on me staying very involved by giving back to our community.” Read More »
Monday May 13, 2013
By Jade Zoghbi
Jim Coury, Arab American and Georgetown University student at the School of Foreign Service (Class of 2015), has made it to the Semi-Finals of the Jeopardy! “College Championship.” Coury will be competing against other students from University of Wisconsin/Madison and Washington University in the Semi-Finals on May 15, 2013. The competition is part of the two-week “College Championship” in which college students are quizzed on issues from a variety of categories. Read More »
Monday May 13, 2013
On Saturday, May 11th, Arab American organizations in 13 cities across the country took part in the 9th annual National Arab American Service Day. Organized each year by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), National Arab American Service Day brings together Arab Americans for a day of giving back to their communities and building bridges with local charities and organizations. Read More »