Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Ismael Ahmed was Born to Serve

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

“I really believe that public education is the way forward for Michigan’s working people. If activists are going to concentrate energy somewhere, why not education? That’s where I want to put my energy, in public education, to make sure our children and youth have meaningful opportunities in the future,” Ismael “Ish” Ahmed said. Ahmed is a prominent Arab American activist in the metro Detroit area and a candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education. Looking at his past advocacy, time teaching, raising five children with his wife,...

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Paterson Community Dedicates New School to Arab American who Left a Lasting Mark

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 28, 2016 in Blog

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Nearly 650 Paterson, New Jersey students began the semester in a newly built school earlier this month. The school is dedicated to Arab American Dr. Hani Awadallah. 

Dr. Awadallah, was a leader in the Arab American community, heading up the Arab American Civic Organization.  He also passionately supported education for children. Of Palestinian descent, he graduated from Cairo University with a BA in chemistry and geology, and taught in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States to earn a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Awadallah moved to New Jersey to further his career but made it his home and played a key role in building the Arab American community. He was hired as a professor of chemistry at Montclair State University, and even worked to create the chemistry department at MSU in 1970.

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Meet California's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
An AAI alumnus and current student at the University of California, San Diego, Shadi is looking forward to reconnecting with Arab Americans across California.
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Meet Pennsylvania's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
Meet your Pennsylvania Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Summar Elgogari! A student at Temple University, Summar is working with AAI through the election to connect with Arab Americans in Pennsylvania.
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Arab Americans turn out for National Voter Registration Day

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans across the country took part in National Voter Registration Day, September 27, with the goal of getting as many voters registered ahead of fast-approaching state deadlines. Working with the official National Voter Registration Day effort, and partners like the League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote, AAI’s #YallaVote campaign, coordinated with more than 30 local community partners on the ground who registered people and raised awareness about the upcoming national elections. Arab American community organizations, centers, student groups and places of worship hosted registration drives outfitted with their #YallaVote swag and...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Education and Politics Mix for Fahim Abedrabbo

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 27, 2016 in Blog

For Fahim Abedrabbo, the importance of family and education are inseparably intertwined. This Arab American is so connected to both that it has inspired him to run for the Clifton Board of Education this year. Abedrabbo, who is of Palestinian descent, was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents left the town of Al Jib, just south of Ramallah, to create a better life for their growing family in America. Although Abedrabbo’s parents...

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What to Do If You Are Stopped at the Israeli Border

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 20, 2016 in Blog

Read stories of Americans stopped at the Israeli border Share your own story of harassment, detention, and/or deportation at the Israeli border View and Download the flyer here

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Sheriff Joe Hanna Wears his Heritage as a Badge of Pride

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 13, 2016 in Blog

Crediting his heritage and the way he was raised with making him the person he is today, Sheriff Joe Hanna said, “You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going.” This statement could not be more fitting for Hanna’s professional career. Hanna, who was elected last November as Sheriff of Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, is half Syrian and half Italian. He identifies strongly with his Arab American heritage, wearing it as a “badge of pride.” Like many Arabs who immigrated to the...

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Join AAI for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...

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Talking Politics and Rights with AAI President Jim Zogby and Palestinian Israeli Knesset Member Basel Ghattas

Posted by Joan Hanna on August 24, 2016 in Blog

unnamed.jpgOn Monday evening, the Palestinian American Congress hosted a special dinner in Clifton, New Jersey with AAI President Jim Zogby, and Dr. Basel Ghattas. Dr. Ghattas is a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset as a member of Balad party, which is part of the Joint List alliance. They both spoke to a packed room of community leaders and activists about issues important to the Arab American community

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