Hannah Risheq: an Intersectional Candidate for Virginia’s 67th District

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 17, 2017 in Blog

Hannah Risheq has made national headlines over the past few months -- for all the right reasons. Risheq is an accomplished 25 year-old, who is proudly half Arab American, half Jewish American and running to be the Virginia Delegate in the 67th District. Virginia’s House of Delegates is predominately male and over the age of 35. Risheq is hoping to change that. “I’m happy to be seen as a face of this new generation. In an area like northern Virginia, where there’s so much diversity, not only in...

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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Arab American Service Day 2017

Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog

As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Press Release: Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukayu, Arc of the US, Biden Intiative's Greg Simon, journalist Steve Coll & artist Kamal Boullata

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 24, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION For immediate release: Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with Spirit of Humanity Awards 19th Annual Event Honors: Hamdi Ulukaya, The Arc of the U.S., Greg Simon, Steve Coll & Kamal Boullata April 24, 2017 (Washington) – On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 19th annual Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion...

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AAI Intern Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
AAI Intern Alum Nicole Khamis Awarded Fulbright
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It’s Unanimous! Montgomery County Ed Board Declares #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 07, 2017 in Blog

Montgomery County in Maryland is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the state so it comes as welcome news that the county’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Smith, and the Board of Education, declared April “Arab American Heritage Month.”

In the proclamation, Dr. Smith recognizes the many achievements of Arab Americans from the local to the national level: “For decades, Arab Americans have made valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American life: science, medicine, education, business, culture, and government…Arab Americans have added to the...

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Arab American Heritage Month Kicked Off With Style in DC

Posted by Heba Mohammad on April 06, 2017 in Blog

An energized crowd turned out for the kickoff of National Arab American Heritage Month hosted by ArabAmerica.com on April 5. As attendees enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food and a surprise dabkah performance, they reveled in the uniqueness of their shared Arab heritage while celebrating the community’s many achievements. Several special guests were in attendance to deliver messages of unity and hope. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her support for Arab Americans at the event, calling the community an invaluable asset to the city, and...

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AAI's National Policy Council Briefed on Hate Crimes

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Hate crimes have tragically been on the rise over the past few years. In particular, there has been a surge in hate crimes against Arab Americans and American Muslims. During our monthly National Policy Council (NPC) call, two Department of Justice representatives: acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Wheeler, and Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination for the Civil Rights Division, Eric Treene, joined community leaders to hear concerns and answer questions. Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Treene emphasized their commitment to prosecuting hate crimes while...

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Gibran Gala Celebrates Our Community's Values

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on March 13, 2017 in Blog

For the past 19 years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has hosted the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards every spring to recognize the cultural, political, and civic achievements of the Arab American Community. Since its inception, AAIF has honored individuals and institutions who represent the very best of the arts, sciences, politics, and business. Named in honor of the great poet who hailed from Lebanon, the gala seeks to pay tribute to Gibran’s legacy of love, tolerance, and generosity by honoring those in our community and beyond who embody these values. 

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