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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Andre Sayegh’s Ground Game Wins Him Paterson Council Seat

Posted by Joan Hanna on June 07, 2016 in Blog

Voting is a privilege. Having a voice in how your country is run should not be taken for granted because, in some countries, citizens do not have that right. Yet, some say their one vote will not matter. Some say they do not vote because the system is rigged. Some say they are too busy to do the research required to be properly informed. If a person prescribes to any of those mindsets, do they also consent to having their voice, their...

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Together We Came: Diana Al-Hadid

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 07, 2016 in Blog

Source: A Brooklyn-based artist, Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981. At the age of five, her family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio. The daughter of a florist and an insurance agent, Al-Hadid pursued a BFA at Kent State University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She later attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Al-Hadid uses a variety of materials such as polymer...

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Together We Came: Rami Malek

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 05, 2016 in Blog

Capturing American audiences as Elliot Alderson in the “compulsively watchable” TV series, Mr. Robot, Rami Malek was born in Los Angeles to Egyptian parents. Malek cherishes his connection to the Arab world and his ability to advance the representation of Arab Americans on television and in the movies. He has received critical acclaim for his performance as a paranoid cyber hacker on Mr. Robot. After the series’ first season, Malek won “Best Actor in a Drama Series” at the Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for a number of other awards, including a Golden Globe,...

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Together We Came: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Posted by Hind Omar on June 01, 2016 in Blog

The “whistleblower” of the Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician recognized as one of the community's key advocates. The daughter of Iraqi immigrants, who first settled in the UK and later moved to Michigan, Hanna-Attisha says her motivation for working with impoverished communities comes from her parents’ experience living through injustice in Iraq. Watching the struggles her parents faced when they first arrived in the U.S. also helped equip her for this work.  She has served as an assistant professor at Wayne State University and associate...

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