Posted by Joan Hanna on November 08, 2017 in Blog
Over the past year, we have seen an increase in hate and bigotry towards Arab Americans and American Muslims. Despite the rhetoric and heightened xenophobia, 26 Arab Americans chose to seek public office in the hopes of making a difference in their communities. They spanned the country from California to Massachusetts and Georgia, running for everything from Clerk to State House. Here, we highlight the candidates who ran for office in 2017. There were 21 Arab Americans who made it to the...Read more
Posted by Guest on October 25, 2017 in Blog
by Sydney Roeder
As the first intern for the Middle Eastern American Advisory Group (MEAAG), Nour Oubenali has been able to bring her love of service into the workplace to make an impact in her community. What is even more amazing is that Nour is only a high school senior, and already tackling major challenges facing the Arab American community.
Nour’s mother is Tunisian and her father is Moroccan. Both of her parents never finished high school and because of that, she says they have striven to give her a better...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 23, 2017 in Blog
Born in southern California to a Mexican mother and a Palestinian father, Ammar has lived at the crossroads of cultural identity: half Latino, half Middle Eastern, and an all American boy. He spent some of his formative years in Gaza, reconnecting with his estranged father. Living in Gaza as a young boy, Ammar admits, was a menacing and gut-wrenching experience at times. “I saw war and violence and a lot of loss and death—just things better left imagined than described,” he said.Life in Gaza gave Ammar thick...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on October 19, 2017 in Blog
“My earliest memories of civic engagement are volunteering for my oldest sister, Samar, who actually worked with AAI in Michigan. Samar, my other sister, Mariam, and I would go to naturalization ceremonies and register people to vote. Those experiences were very powerful as a teenager. And it must have had an impact on me given the direction in which my career has progressed and the things I’ve worked on, because I believe our vote is...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2017 in Blog
Nadeen Hayden has never run away from a challenge, on the contrary, she’s embraced them with enthusiasm. This is due, in part, to characteristics that her parents taught her and her siblings: hard work and the importance of education. “There was no other priorities in our home except diligence and education. Because my father was a refugee, he lived under the impression that you could have nothing in an instant. He stressed that we had to...Read more
Posted by Guest on October 02, 2017 in Blog
by Sarah Seniuk Founded in 1963 by direction of President John F. Kennedy, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law fights to ensure the equal protection of and justice under the law, particularly for marginalized and under-protected groups. Following the election of President Trump and the ensuing rise of hate crimes across the country, the Lawyers Committee expanded their work to target hate crimes, both responding to reports of hate and attempting to prevent the crimes and incidents entirely. The new Stop Hate initiative seeks...Read more
Posted by Guest on September 27, 2017 in Blog
by Sydney Roeder
“Any day upholding American democracy... is a day well spent.” Zane Alkoor with Davidson College noted about the #YallaVote campaign launched by the Arab American Institute Foundation last week.
September 26th was National Voter Registration Day. Like every other year since #YallaVote’s conception in 1998, AAIF took to the streets to register eligible voters. Nearly 30 organizations across 20 states followed suit, hosting their own #YallaVote tables or events.
Alkoor’s sentiment about voter registration was felt across other organizations as well. The Middle Eastern Cultural Organization at Denison University registered...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 26, 2017 in Blog
Posted by Arab American Institute on September 17, 2017 in Blog
Download our #YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Here! Launched in 1998, the #YallaVote campaign is the foundation of our grassroots voter mobilization and education programming. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states – including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia – we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. That’s why it’s important for our community to be registered and at the polls...Read more
Posted by Heba Mohammad on September 07, 2017 in Blog
If you are the victim of a hate crime, you are more likely to remain silent than to report it to law enforcement authorities. That is a highlight of the most recent Department of Justice Hate Crime Victimization Report, and the context in which the Michigan Response to Hate Conference occurred last week. Marking its tenth year, the conference, orchestrated by the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC), has drawn invested community partners annually to share strategies for preventing hate crimes, supporting victims, and encouraging reporting of hate crimes. On September 6th, I joined representatives of community organizations, law...Read more