Posted on September 03, 2012 in Press Releases

Arab Americans at the DNC: A Community's Political 'Coming of Age'

Charlotte, NC - Some 55 Arab American committee members and delegates representing 21 states will join their fellow party members this week at the Democratic National Convention. The number of Arab Americans representing their states at the DNC supersedes any other year. A record nine Arab Americans delegates representing Michigan, an important battleground state where the Arab American population in key districts is likely to have an effect on whether or not the state will go to President Obama or Governor Mitt Romney. For the Arab American community, the the 2012 convention marks an Arab American political "coming of age," and widespread "acceptance of the Arab American community by all levels of the Democratic Party's leadership," said Arab American Institute President Jim Zogby.

Zogby further stated:

Our hard work and perseverance has brought us from exclusion to being respected and recognized as part of the mainstream of the Democratic Party. But we also go to this convention knowing that real challenges remain. Arab Americans still face serious threats to our civil liberties and our voices are desperately needed in the national debate over America's still one-sided and misguided foreign policy.

For information on Arab Americans at the convention, visit AAI's DNC web page:

Arab American Institute Events

Tuesday, September 4
AAI and J Street DNC Policy Forum: Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A U.S. Policy Imperative

Ahead of the policy forum, AAI will release the results of its latest poll on U.S. attitudes toward the Middle East Conflict

The Arab American Institute will co-host a policy forum on Tuesday September 4 with J Street entitled Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A U.S. Policy Imperative. The forum will address the latest political developments regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will explore what role the United States can and should play to overcome the numerous obstacles preventing a viable peace agreement. For logistical information and a list of panelists, click here: This event will be live-streamed on the Arab American Institute website:

Wednesday, September 5
AAI Arab American Delegate Luncheon (this even is closed to press, however, delegates will be available for comment after the luncheon)

AAI will host Arab American committee members and delegates for a luncheon to discuss policy priorities and a strategy planning session heading into November.


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