Rediscovering Nagi Daifallah 43 Years After His Death

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

Courtesy: Happy Arab News I had never heard the name Nagi Daifallah before. Not growing up. Not in school. Not in my history books. Never. Yet his story is distinctly American as it reflects our history of immigrants who came to this country with few profitable skills, but have had a lasting impact on the social and political fabric of American society. As a Yemeni immigrant who was a leader in the United Farm Workers (UFW), Nagi was fighting in solidarity with...

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Fayrouz Saad Pours Her Passion Into Serving Community

Posted by Joan Hanna on August 08, 2016 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...

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Yalla Philly Welcomes Delegates to DNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Kicking off a week of outreach and education programming, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted Arab American delegates to the Democratic National Convention for Arabic food in Philadelphia on Tuesday. With nearly 50 delegates to the DNC in 2016, the room was filled to capacity with old and new friends alike along with the local Arab American Philadelphia Host Committee. Delegates and guests shared their stories of how they became involved in activism and public service while sharing their advocacy on behalf of Palestine, civil liberties, and other...

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An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome to the RNC

Posted by Hannah Locop on July 19, 2016 in Blog

The Republican National Convention is officially underway in Cleveland, Ohio this week. People from across the country will be pouring into the city for the festivities, and Clevelanders are their welcoming party -- Arab Americans included. Recently, AAI interviewed Michael Faddoul, a local Arab American, small-business owner, and Cleveland Cavaliers fan to get his thoughts on the election and how the RNC impacts his community.  

Michael Faddoul is a proud first-generation Lebanese American and Cleveland resident. He is also an ardent basketball fan, describing...

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2016

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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