Posted on December 04, 2009

Our scope of research includes polls, publications and demographic data. Some publications are produced annually, whereas others are published as needed. The opinion polls found in this section span a number of years and include polls conducted here in the US as well as abroad. Also available are links and resources for studying Arabs in America, as well as related fields such as Islam and the Middle East.

AAI’s demographic research is comprised of data from the US Census, the American Community Survey, and private polling. Demographic data on Arab Americans is available online, and AAI’s Census Information...

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Posted on December 04, 2009

Like all ethnic constituencies, Arab Americans have a myriad of issues that they are concerned with. As our nation debated changing our health care system and passing financial reforms, Arab Americans were fully engaged. Arab Americans are also engaged on policy debates about education, unemployment and the environment.

But there is a set of specific issues that remain at the forefront of Arab American advocacy work. The cornerstone of all our foreign policy work is a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will result in two states, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace...

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About Us

Posted on December 03, 2009

The Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. through two primary focus areas:  campaigns and elections, and policy formulation and research.

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) was founded by the Arab American Institute in 1995.  AAIF supports programs that promote greater awareness of Arab Americans in the U.S., demographic research and international outreach.  AAIF serves as the primary national resource on the Arab American experience for the media, academia, government agencies and the...

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2009 Arab American Service Day

Posted on May 19, 2009

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Around 30 Arab Americans came together on Saturday, May 16 to help the residents of Freedom House establish their garden and work to beautify the area surrounding the building. Residents plan to share the garden’s produce with each other.

This community service project, part of the fifth annual Arab American Service Day, was organized by AmeriCorps members who are part of the Arab American Resource Corps. Arab American Service Day is an all Corps Service...

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Posted on May 06, 2009

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2008 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on June 19, 2008

800 guests from across the United States and the globe gathered on Wednesday, April 23 for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 10th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the black-tie affair heard Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas address the gala in person and saw organizations and individuals honored for their service and efforts to address problems that too often go overlooked.

AAIF presented Kahlil Gibran Awards to Refugees International (Award for International Commitment) and Reporters Without Borders (Award for Institutional Excellence). The Foundation also honored Congressman Ray LaHood of...

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2006 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on June 02, 2008

WASHINGTON – More than 800 diplomats, dignitaries and Arab Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2006, for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 8th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala.

General Wesley Clark presented Former President of Poland Lech Walesa with the Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his life-long efforts to bring freedom and democracy to his country.

“For his part, Walesa describes himself as a ‘Polish worker from the Gdansk shipyard.’ He was, of course, so much more,” said General Clark. “As a courageous fighter for freedom, he, together with Pope John Paul...

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2007 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on June 02, 2008

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) hosted a sold-out Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala on April 25 in Washington, D.C. Guests gathered at the ninth annual black tie dinner to pay tribute to individuals and organizations whose actions and deeds embody the words of Arab American poet and author Kahlil Gibran.

AAIF presented Gibran Awards to Search for Common Ground, Global Impact and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Teresa Isaac, the former mayor of Lexington, KY, received the fourth annual Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, presented each year to an Arab American who has excelled...

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