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____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NNAAC National Arab American groups join forces to register voters in communities across US 26th September 2014, NNAAC DEARBORN, Mich. - The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, along with the Network for Arab American Professionals (NAAP); the Arab American Institute (AAI), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), have joined forces to launch a National Arab American Voter Registration Day this Friday, September 26, on the heels of the National Voter Registration Day which took place earlier this week.

This national day of action will serve to help register voters and raise awareness around the significance of civic participation for Arab Americans.  The message the groups will promote is that voting can be used as a tool to change the policies that directly impact them, including unwarranted surveillance by federal and local law enforcement and lack of access to culturally and linguistically competent social services. Arab Americans will also take to Twitter on Friday, using the hashtag #MyArabAmVote to share experiences and issues that motivate them to get out and vote.

“We have worked for years to build the political power of the Arab American community, and this year is no different. Participation in the democratic process is one way to change the status of our community and address civil rights concerns that impact Arab Americans,” said Nadia Tonova, Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reuters New York Politicians Criticize Anti-Islam Ads Due To Run On Buses 23rd September 2014, Jonathan Allen NEW YORK CITY - New York City politicians and religious leaders on Tuesday criticized a series of anti-Islam advertisements due to appear on 100 city buses, with many critics calling for the campaign to be blocked.

Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the City Council, and Comptroller Scott Stringer joined a rally outside City Hall organized by the Arab American Association of New York and other groups to criticize the display ads sponsored by a group run by Pamela Geller, who writes a blog criticizing Islam...

..."No religion or faith should ever be subject to attack ads, and I'm appalled by this latest attempt to divide our city," Mark-Viverito said at the rally, according to a transcript provided by her office.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Voice of America New York 'Town Hall' Urges Obama to Act Alone on Immigration 30th August 2014, Voice of America Undocumented mothers literally stood up for their rights in New York, calling on President Barack Obama to keep his promise for executive action on immigration reform... ...The town hall's co-host, Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York, rallied the crowd to keep fighting for more substantive and broader reform. “I want you to remember that administrative relief is only the beginning. It is not the end. We will not stop fighting until every undocumented immigrant in this country has a pathway to citizenship and they become voting citizens," she announced to cheering supporters. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Voices of NY Arab American Bazaar in Bay Ridge 5th August 2014, Voices of NY On August 3, Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge was the site of the 8th Annual Arab American Bazaar, a day of music, food, shopping and activities, reports Jaime De Jesus of Home Reporter. But the events were more somber than usual because of the pall cast by recent events in Gaza, noted Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, which organized the event. Holding the Syrian flag at the Arab American Bazaar in Shore Road Park, Brooklyn (Photo by Brooklyn Media Group via Home Reporter) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Thousands Enjoy Arab-American Bazaar in Bay Ridge 5th August 2014, Paula Katinas  Sponsored by the Arab-American Association of New York, a Bay Ridge-based non-profit organization, the bazaar brings together people from all over Brooklyn to show the diverse culture of Middle Eastern residents in the borough.   painted faces         ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Newsday Rifts Open Between De Blasio and Some Progressives August 3, 2014, Matthew Chayes and Emily Ngo Bill de Blasio became mayor with a vow to enact New York City's most liberal agenda in a generation, and he's delivered on several signature campaign pledges. But periodic shifts toward the political center have angered and disappointed some of his core supporters. Bill de Blasio on June 12, 2014. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Metro Interfaith Leaders Denounce Anti-Muslim Harassment in Brooklyn July 22, 2014, Chester Jesus Soria The dust-up is the latest in a series of reported bias crimes towards Brooklyn’s Muslim community currently being investigated by NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
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____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Eyewitness News ABC 7 Muslims in Brooklyn feel backlash from Middle East unrest July 21, 2014, N.J. Burkett Linda Sarsour says the city's Muslim community is facing a new cycle of harassment and intimidation. It's what she believes is the result of the deepening crisis in Israel and Gaza.
Anti-Muslim incidents on the rise in Bay Ridge
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brooklyn Daily Eagle Arab-Americans Distribute Safety Tips for Mosques July 25, 2014, Paula Katinas In the wake of two anti-Muslim attacks outside Brooklyn mosques, Arab-American leaders are urging members of their community to consult a booklet offering tips on keeping religious institutions safe. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, says the anti-Muslim incidents took place a week after a new “Take on Hate” campaign was launched ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Waging Nonviolence Arab-Americans Take on Hate July 19, 2014, Anna Lekas Miller  On Tuesday, several members of New York City’s Arab-American community filed into the Good Shephard’s Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for the launch of the Take On Hate campaign, a media and policy campaign orchestrated around tackling perceptions of Arab and Muslim-Americans in the United States. Arab-American led campaign "Take On Hate" logo ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Metro De Blasio to Sign Off on Country's Largest Municpal ID Card Program July 9, 2014, Chester Jesus Soria  “This municipal ID embodies the true one New York we have always aspired to be,” Executive Director of the Arab-American Association of New York Linda Sarsour said at the hearing. municipal ID nyc immigration undocumented ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ New York Daily News NYPD Seeks Muslims' Help with Counter-Terror Surveillance After End of Controversial Spying Unit June 22, 2014 Tina Moore, Barry Paddock The unit was disbanded in April under criticism that the surveillance was unconstitutional and never resulted in a single terror investigation, but police still need ways to get information, says Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Globe and Mail U.S. House Poised to Pass Act Aimed At Ending Bulk Collection of American Phone Records May 22, 2014 Ken Dilanian The House is poised to take the first significant step to change the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records, a compromise bill that is displeasing many civil liberties activists. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brooklyn PaperArab American Association Helps Clean Up Shore Road Park May 22, 2014 Matt Hanson Call it Arab Spring cleaning! Members of the Arab American Association of New York turned out to clean up Shore Road Park to celebrate the National Arab American Day of Service on May 17. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Guardian 9/11 Museum Readies for Grand Opening Amid Concerns from Interfaith Group May 14, 2014 Ed Pilkington More than 12 years after the horrifying events that it describes, after countless obstacles, disputes and funding problems, the 9/11 memorial museum is finally preparing to open its doors as a historical record of a New York, American and global story that is still unfolding. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Capital New York Mayor to Consult Bratton on Informants May 12, 2014 Azi Paybarah Mayor Bill de Blasio said today he wants to talk to his police commissioner before saying whether he supports the department’s strategy of trying to recruit as informants recently arrested New Yorkers from Middle Eastern and predominantly Muslim countries. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WNYC NewsLocal Muslims React to Ongoing NYPD Counter-Terrorism Tactic May 11, 2014 WNYC Newsroom A detective squad within the New York City Police Department that was formed a few years after the 9-11 terror attacks reportedly recruits Muslims being held on minor charges to become police informants for the purpose of gathering information on other Muslims. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Think Progress Officer Who Killed 16-Year-Old Kimani Gray Declines 'Cop of the Year' Award Due to Community Pressure May 11, 2014 Christie Thompson The two police involved in the shooting, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, have not faced any charges as a result of the shooting. One has, however, stayed on his department’s radar: Mourad was originally named to receive “Cop of the Year” this Thursday by the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. But due to community pressure, Mourad refused the award and did not attend the ceremony. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Newsday NYC Municipal ID Advocates Looking at Fraud Prevention April 30, 2014 Emily Ngo A proposal to offer municipal IDs to New York City residents, including undocumented immigrants, raised concerns about fraud prevention Wednesday at a City Council hearing -- even as legislators and community leaders voiced overwhelming support for the program. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Democracy Now New York Drops Police Unit that Spied on Muslims, But Will It End Broader Profiling & Surveillance? April 16, 2014 The New York City Police Department is disbanding a controversial spying unit that targeted Muslim communities. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Daily Beast Holder's New Rules Aren't Enough - It's Time to End Profiling April 11, 2014 Dean Obeidallah The attorney general’s new rules cleared the way for more inequity, including tracking whole communities based on ethnicity and religion. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ HuffPost Live Women Make News March 31, 2014 Hosted by Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani From one of the country's worst states for women's health to a salary negotiation guide published for women and Chelsea Hander's departure from late night TV; we discuss the latest stories regarding women in the media. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gotham Gazette What Will The New NYPD IG Inspect? March 28, 2014 Kristen Meriwether It was a long, difficult road to get Local Law 70, which created the office of the Inspector General for the NYPD, passed through the City Council. But on Friday, nearly two years after that battle began, Philip Eure was named as the city's first NYPD inspector general (IG). ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The New York Times U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents January 15, 2014 Matt Apuzzo The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Huffington Post Why One Muslim Group Gave The NYPD's Ray Kelly An Award December 17, 2013 Matt Sledge NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly received an award this month from a source that may seem unlikely: a group of Muslim community leaders. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The NY Daily News Lawyers want judge to stop NYPD monitoring of Muslims October 2, 2013 Daniel Beekman Parties participating in a long-running class-action lawsuit against the NYPD gather outside Manhattan Federal Court on Monday. amendment ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The National America's Muslims Share Martin Luther King's Dream August 26, 2013 Taimur Khan For the country's Muslim communities, the struggle of African Americans provides both lessons and inspiration for their own struggle for civil rights and against growing hostility. They have their dream, too. August_26_2013 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Financial Times Magazine Growing Up Muslim in America July 19, 2013 Anna Fifield A generation of Muslim Americans has come of age in the shadow of 9/11 amid a climate of paranoia, verbal abuse and vandalism. faiza article Faiza Ali, community organizer for the Arab American Association, Brooklyn, New York ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The New York Times Candidates Court Muslims as They Break Their Fast July 12, 2013 Mona El-Naggar The NYC Mayoral candidates continue their courting of the Muslim community, promising a crackdown on the police spying and additions of Muslim holidays to public school calendars.
Christin C. Quinn a Democratic candidate for mayor with Dr. Ahmed Jaber at an event on Thursday in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, hosted by local Muslim-American groups.

Christin C. Quinn a Democratic candidate for mayor with Dr. Ahmed Jaber at an event on Thursday in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, hosted by local Muslim-American groups.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Staten Island Live Staten Island Immigrant Coalition Urges House and Grimm to Pass Immigration Reform Law July 2, 2013 Judy L. Randall Immigrant rights groups gather in Staten Island to urge the house and Rep. Grimm to go forward with Comprehensive Immigration Reform to ensure rights for all and the return of loved ones. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Wall Street Journal Surveillance Of Muslims Leads to Suit June 18,2013 TAMER EL-GHOBASHY Coverage of the June 18th Press conference. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WNYC News Muslim New Yorkers Sue over NYPD Surveillance June 18, 2013 Anna Sale Further coverage of the June 18th press conference. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Courthouse News Service Muslim New Yorkers Decry Police Spying June 18,2013 Nick Divito Information regarding the ACLU's lawsuit against the NYPD and instances of police misconduct as experienced by the plaintiffs. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Raw Story NYPD sued over ‘unconstitutional’ Muslim surveillance program June 18,2013 Stephen C. Webster Coverage of the press conference concerning the lawsuit against the NYPD for surveillance of the New York Muslim Community. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ AAANY's Executive Director Linda Sarsour guides NY Times columnist Poh Si Teng on a tour of the sights and sounds of Bay Ridge's Arab American Community, among others. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Village Voice Which NYC Mayoral Candidates Think Spying on American Muslims is Unconstitutional? May 6, 2013 Sydney Brownstone Hundreds of Muslim and Arab community members turned out for AAANY and the Islamic Center at NYU's mayoral candidate forum. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Broadwayworld.com Brooklyn Chamber and NYBDC Launch 'the Brooklyn Fund' Loan Program May 1, 2013 BWW News Desk The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the New York Business Development Center announce loans for small business owners at AAANY. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gotham Gazette New Paths of Opportunity for Immigrants in New York March 17, 2013 Chester Soria and David Howard King Teaming up with the New York State Office of New Americans as one of the 27 statewide "Opportunity Centers," AAANY delivers crucial programs and services to immigrants and new Americans. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Staten Island Advance In Pursuit of Immigration Reform March 16, 2013 Staten Island Advance Board President Dr. Jaber, and Executive Director Linda Sarsour unite with faith leaders to call for comprehensive immigration reform. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Raw Story Protests Mark Supreme Court's Hearing of Challenges to Voting Rights Act February 27, 2013 David Ferguson ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Time Video On Election Day, the Arab Spring Comes to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn A get-out-the-vote campaign in one of New York City's largest Muslim communities targets recent arrivals who are learning the basics of democracy as they vote. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Voices of America: New York Candidates Court Muslim Vote October 23, 2012 Peter Fedynsky AAANY holds a Brooklyn Candidates night to connect the community to local politicians. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brooklyn Daily: "Teens fight ruling Syrian oppression with cupcakes" July 11, 2012 Will Bredderman AAANY Youth hold a fundraiser for Syria at the 6th Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bay Ridge Life: "The Real Women of Bay Ridge: Arab-American Civic Leader Loves Helping People in Need" June 11, 2012 Paula Katinas AAANY director Linda Sarsour discusses leadership and the role of AAANY in the Brooklyn community. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Guardian: "Anti-Islam teachings 'widespread' in US law enforcement, campaigners warn" May 11, 2012 Ryan Devereaux Activists point to past incidents in the FBI and NYPD after military course urged soldiers to prepare for 'total war' with Islam. AAANY director, Linda Sarsour interviewed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 City and State: Linda Sarsour- Profile
February 6, 2012   Jon Lentz Profile on AAANY director, Linda Sarsour. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Tablet: The Stranger January 26, 2012 Boris Fishman A 24-year-old Jewish Upper West Sider helps run the most important Arab-American organization in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, home to 35,000 Arabs _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Democracy Now!: "NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly Urged to Resign After Police Conceal Role in Anti-Muslim Documentary" Linda Sarsour interviewed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ RTAmerica: "NYPD racially profiling Muslims confirmed" Linda Sarsour interviewed.
Febuary 23, 2012
AAANY director, Linda Sarsour speaks with RTAmerican about NYPD surveillance program targeting Muslim communities in New York.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Guardian: "Living with 9/11: the Muslim American
September 5, 2011
Linda Sarsour lives in Brooklyn and is from a Palestinian American family. She has become increasingly involved in community activism since the September 11 attacks
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Raw Story: "Young American Muslims call for Lowe’s boycott"
December 15, 2011
Eric W. Dolan
The Arab American Association of New York released a video on calling for Americans to “boycott bigotry” after retail giant Lowe’s pulled all their advertisements from a TV show about Muslims.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ NY1: One on One with Linda Sarsour
July 25, 2011
Budd Mishkin
Brooklyn’s Linda Sarsour is a rising star as she heads the Arab American Association of New York, raises children, serves as a fellow at the NYU Wagner Graduate School and finds time to win a “do-gooder” award.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Reporter: Star of Brooklyn: Habib Joudeh September 5, 2011 Jesse Lent
Profile on Habib Joudeh, Vice President and Co-Founder of the Arab American Association of New York
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Yahoo News: "Arab American Pushes for Change After 9/11 Discrimination" August 30, 2011 Yahoo News chronicled the AAANY's quest for change and tolerance in the aftermath of 9/11 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Brooklyn Paper: Banned on the Fourth of July
July 15, 2011
 
Dan Macleod
 
AAANY was turned away by organizers of a July 4th event "who said they didn’t want to turn a patriotic celebration into an 'ethnic event'"
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Arab American Bazaar Brings Summer Fun to Bay Ridge  
July 12, 2011
 
"The Fifth Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar, packed with well over a thousand people, featured Middle Eastern singers and dancers, children’s rides and amusements, crafts and lots of great food, with local community organization involvement."
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Huffington Post: NY Senators Clash Over Panel Testimony April 8, 2011 David B. Caruso Linda Sarsour testifies at New York State Senate hearing on "Muslim radicalization in the U.S." Boris Fishman