Yalla Vote Phone Banking

Posted on September 17, 2012

You helped us mobilize the Arab American Vote during the 2008 elections, and we are asking for your help once again this year. Election Day is now less than 25 days away, which means that we need your help now, more than ever, to sign up and make calls for the Yalla Vote phone banks being held across the country. All you need is a little time, a phone and a computer.

Please watch the short video tutorial on how to set up and use the Yalla Vote Virtual Phone Bank....

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Arab Americans and the 2012 Conventions

Posted on August 22, 2012

From the moment the first sizable group of Arab American immigrants began arriving in the United States, our community has sought political inclusion and embraced its civic responsibility. Despite the significant external challenges we face, Arab Americans are moving forward to solidify our place in our country’s political process.Today, we are proudly represented in Mayor’s offices and Governors mansions, in White House cabinets and in foreign service, from the U.S. Capital to statehouses around the nation. In 2012, Arab Americans are on the ballot, to be sure. But we’re also running campaigns and running the parties. We are delegates and volunteers,...

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Arab Americans at the Conventions

Posted on August 15, 2012

Arab Americans at the Republican National Convention

California

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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2012 Democratic National Convention top summary

Posted on August 09, 2012

From the moment the first sizable group of Arab American immigrants began arriving in the United States, our community has sought political inclusion and embraced its civic responsibility. Despite the significant external challenges we face, Arab Americans are moving forward to solidify our place in our country’s political process.Today, we are proudly represented in Mayor’s offices and Governors mansions, in White House cabinets and in foreign service, from the U.S. Capital to statehouses around the nation.

In 2012, Arab Americans are on the ballot, to be sure. But we’re also running campaigns and running the parties. We are delegates and...

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2012 Republican National Convention top summary

Posted on August 09, 2012

From the moment the first sizable group of Arab American immigrants began arriving in the United States, our community has sought political inclusion and embraced its civic responsibility. Despite the significant external challenges we face, Arab Americans are moving forward to solidify our place in our country’s political process.Today, we are proudly represented in Mayor’s offices and Governors mansions, in White House cabinets and in foreign service, from the U.S. Capital to statehouses around the nation. In 2012, Arab Americans are on the ballot, to be sure. But we’re also running campaigns and running the parties. We are delegates...

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Leadership or Pandering II: Grading Our Elected Officials

Posted on August 01, 2012

Attacks on Arab American and American Muslim Public Servants

One of the ways we are fighting intolerance is by holding public officials accountable for the words they use. AAI's "Leadership or Pandering" series examines the statements made by policymakers and candidates as they address divisive issues that provide clear opportunities to stand against bigotry. Though not comprehensive, and while no official can be judged fairly by any single action or statement, we hope it will provide a useful look at the debate and its participants.

This edition of "Leadership or Pandering" takes a look at the unfounded attacks on...

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President’s Circle Update

Posted on July 31, 2012

INSIDE WASHINGTON

Meeting with Vice President Biden Reinvigorates White House Outreach

Earlier this month, I wrote to the White House, advising on the need to broaden and deepen the Administration’s relationships with Arab Americans and the many component groups who define our community. In response, the White House Director of Public Engagement brokered a meeting between Arab American leaders and top Administration officials including Vice President Joe Biden, Tony Blinkin (Biden’s National Security Advisor), and Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications). The 1-1/2 hour meeting was a meaningful exchange on US foreign policy, particularly the situation...

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Petition Test

Posted on July 24, 2012

The massive surveillance program implemented by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in coordination with CIA officials is shredding the Constitution, putting at risk the rights and freedoms of not just Arab Americans and American Muslims, but all Americans. If left unchecked, their behavior will weaken the foundations of our democracy and seriously compromise our values as an open and inclusive society.

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Test Quiz

Posted on July 23, 2012

This quiz tests your knowledge of...  Many of the answers can be found on the AAI website.

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