Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Omar Baddar at 202-429-9210.

Zogby Opens Illinois' First Arab American PAC AMVOTE's Inaugural Dinner on January 28

Posted on January 21, 2016

Judge William J. Haddad (Retired), Chairman of AMVOTE-PAC (first Arab-American Political Action Committee in Illinois history) announced that AMVOTE is hosting its Inaugural Dinner at the Marriott-Oak Brook on January 28, 2016 with Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab-American Institute in Washington D.C. Judge Haddad is invites our community to come out and support AMVOTE-PAC: "The reason politicians humiliate our people with hate speech these days is that they don't pay a political price for it. AMVOTE is the answer!"

AMVOTE-PAC was organized by community leaders to harness "voting clout" to  open  new opportunities in politics, government,...

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PRESS RELEASE: Open Letter to the Center for American Progress

Posted on November 09, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Contact: Naomi Dann, Jewish Voice for Peace

 naomi@jvp.org 

 845-377-8745Kristin McCarthy, Arab American Institute

 kmccarthy@aaiusa.org 

 202-652-4978

Progressives tell Center for American Progress: “You’ve made a mistake.”

Over 100 progressive leaders and organizations, including Naomi Klein, Avaaz, Center for Constitutional Rights, and others joined Jewish Voice for Peace and the Arab American Institute expressing concern over Netanyahu’s visit to the Center for American Progress

Washington DC (November 9, 2015)–A letter to the Center for American Progress circulated by Jewish Voice for Peace and the Arab American Institute and signed by dozens of progressive leaders and organizations was released today...

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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted on October 16, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Nadia Aziz

naziz@aaiusa.org

864-506-5509

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform.

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders...

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Other Officials Stand Against Bigotry

Posted on October 01, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Waseem Mardini (202-429-9210)   Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Other Officials Stand Against Bigotry                            Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf(center) and (clockwise from left) AAI Community Relations Associate Joan Hanna, AAI National Policy Council Member Jack Hanna, Arab American Community Member Hala Mahran, AAI...

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Arab American Institute to Host Congressional Briefing on Voting Rights

Posted on September 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Waseem Mardini (202-429-9210) Arab American Institute to Host Congressional Briefing on Voting Rights Thursday, October 1, 2015 9:15 – 10:30 am 2226 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. – The Arab American Institute will convene a discussion on voting rights with speakers Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Jasmyn Richardson, staff attorney at the Advancement Project. AAI Government Relations Manager Nadia Aziz will serve as moderator.  

Two years after the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Congress has yet...

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Arab American Leaders to Meet with Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and other State Officials to Discuss Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Posted on September 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Waseem Mardini (202-429-9210) September 28, 2015

  Arab American Leaders To Meet with Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and other State Officials to Discuss Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Bigotry "Regrettably, we've already seen a troubling level of bigotry from the Presidential candidates in this election cycle so far" – Maya Berry, Executive Director, Arab American Institute

  "It's heartening to see Pennsylvania officials are responding to the concerns of the Arab American community, we wish the same could be said at the national level" – Marwan Kreidie,...

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AAI Calls on Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate to Reject Bigotry

Posted on August 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2015  

AAI Calls on Philadelphia Mayoral Candidate to Reject Bigotry

Today, the Arab American Institute (AAI) joins the Arab-American Community Development Corporation (AACDC) in calling on Philadelphia Mayoral candidate, Mrs. Melissa Murray Bailey, to return a campaign contribution from Philadelphia resident Andrew Terhune. Mr. Terhune recently publicly posted a video promoting racist opinions and violence against Arab Americans and American Muslims. This blatant act of fear-mongering is dangerous and it has no place in the political discourse of Pennsylvania or anywhere in the U.S. Mr. Terhune is well known for his racist and anti-Muslim...

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President Obama Reappoints James Zogby to Commission on International Religious Freedom

Posted on June 09, 2015

Contact: Waseem MardiniPhone: (202) 429-9210

WASHINGTON, DC – 6/9/2015 – President Barack Obama has reappointed Arab American Institute President Dr. James J. Zogby to serve on the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said "Jim's reappointment is testament to his valuable and critical in support of justice and in defense of religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad" 

Comprised of nine members, USCIRF is charged with monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership...

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Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Posted on April 29, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 28, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT

Jennifer Bell, Bluelight Strategies, jennifer@bluelightstrategies.com, 202-265-3000

Susan Rice to Deliver Keynote Address at

Arab American Institute Foundation Gala Wednesday

Salma Hayek, Lawrence Wright, Michael Baroody,

and John Sexton to receive Kahlil Gibran Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will deliver the keynote address Wednesday evening, April 29, at the 17th annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event at 6:30 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel will honor four exceptional individuals for their...

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Arab American Institute Welcomes State Department Statement on Israel Visa Waiver

Posted on March 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Arab American Institute Welcomes State Department Statement on Israel Visa Waiver

Washington, DC - March 26, 2014 - At the State Department’s daily press briefing last Friday, March 21, DoS Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters “unequal treatment that Palestinian Americans and other Americans of Middle Eastern origin experience at Israel's border and checkpoints” precludes Israel from admittance to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Psaki’s statements come amid proposed legislation in both houses of Congress that would admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program without meeting a number of statutory requirements. Those pieces of...

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