Letter: Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from Bridge Conference

Posted on July 06, 2016 in Press Releases
The Arab American Institute wrote five members of Congress asking them to withdraw from an anti-Arab, anti-Muslim conference.
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Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference

Posted on July 04, 2016 in Press Releases


Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210  Congressmen Asked to Withdraw from anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Conference Arab American, Christian and Muslim Groups Join to Counter Bigotry

Washington, DC – Today, July 6, the Arab American Institute joined with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the Muslim Public Affairs Council in asking five members of Congress to withdraw from participating in a conference featuring well known anti-Arab and anti-Muslim speakers. “The Bridge: The Annual Conference on the Persecuted Church,” is being held...

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Together We Came: Jamie Farr

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 28, 2016 in Blog

A veteran of American television, Jamie Farr entertained audiences as a homesick Army Corporal in the 1970s television series M*A*S*H. Born Jameel Yusuf Abud Farah in Toledo, Ohio, Farr is one of many Arab Americans who have graced both the silver and the small screen. Raised in a Lebanese community, Farr is not only proud of his heritage, but he makes sure to incorporate his own life experiences into his work.   Farr’s mother, Jamelia Maalouli Abidili Abud Farah, was a seamstress. His father, Saleem Abud Farah owned...

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Dangerously Funny Arab Americans

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on June 26, 2016 in Blog

Join us for a one-time-only comedy experience for RNC delegates as we use humor to break down cultural barriers and humanize ethnic and religious minorities. By coming together to laugh, we are laying the groundwork for dialogue that celebrates our commonalities rather than exploiting differences. CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE COMEDY SHOW

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Former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac Portrait Unveiling

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 24, 2016 in Blog

We congratulate former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac on the unveiling on her portrait yesterday, June 23rd. The portrait, painted by Versailles artist Steve Sawyer will reside in the council chambers. Isaac, who was mayor from 2003 to 2006, is well known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her constituents and the Arab American community. During her time as mayor she supported initiatives to enhance public housing, create youth and senior programs, increase pay...

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Together We Came: Hala Gorani

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 24, 2016 in Blog

Photo courtesy of CNN Hala Gorani, who considers her role to be the "eyes and ears of the people who are not there" has been able to galvanize global empathy for some of the world’s most tragic events. In her 22 years of journalism and field reporting, Gorani has reported from every country in the Middle East, and is often among the first reporters on the ground. Her coverage has resulted in many honors including an...

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Together We Came: Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 22, 2016 in Blog

Wildly successful economist, academic, journalist, author and consultant, Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, was no match for his 10-year-old daughter who revealed to him in an astute letter the one job where he wasn’t exceeding expectations: being her dad. This letter poignantly listed 22 milestones, “from her first day at school… to a Halloween parade,” that her father had missed that year due to his demanding work schedule. And just like that, El-Erian went from overseeing the management of almost $2 trillion of assets for PIMCO to co-scheduling a private father-daughter holiday with a...

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Together We Came: Mona Yacoubian

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 19, 2016 in Blog

Mona Yacoubian is one of Washington’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts. You've probably heard her analysis on C-SPAN or PBS NewsHour, or read her numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy magazine. A Fulbright Scholar and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Yacoubian is currently  Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID). With a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy from Duke University, Yacoubian began her...

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Together We Came: Richard Hanna

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 15, 2016 in Blog

Known for his community and work experiences, voting transparency and willingness to put partisan politics aside, Richard Hanna has represented New York’s 22nd district in the House of Representatives since 2011. Of Lebanese descent, Hanna was born and raised in upstate New York. After his father’s sudden death when Hanna was just twenty years old, he became the primary supporter of his mother and four sisters, a responsibility that required Hanna to put his education on hold. After eight years of taking care of his family and paying...

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Together We Came: Robert George AKA the White House Santa

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 12, 2016 in Blog

For many, Christmas represents a time of hope and joy, and for those who knew Robert George, Christmas did not just come once a year. Born in 1924 to Lebanese parents, George was inspired with a vision in 1949 to “become Santa Claus”. When he moved to Los Angeles a few years later, George transformed his home into a year-round Christmas display, decked with Styrofoam snow, twinkling lights, a toy train, and thousands of donated toys. In 1956, word of George’s Christmas “Dreamland” reached President Eisenhower...

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