Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210   Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice 170+ in DC for Hill & Administration Meetings   April 22, 2016 (Washington) As part of its 18th Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, the Arab American Institute organized its annual advocacy days on Capitol Hill and the White House. This year, AAI partnered with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NAAC), and the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) to host...

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Airline Bigotry: Comical and Real

Posted by Nadia Aziz on April 21, 2016 in Blog

Reports of discrimination against Arab Americans and American Muslims on flights have become so common they are becoming comical, literally. Major outlets online and on air are now using the incidents as skit material. (Well worth checking out if you haven’t already.) But one U.S. Senator doesn’t see the incidents as a laughing matter and we agree.  Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) has written to President and CEO of Airlines for American (A4A), the trade organization representing U.S. based airlines. Expressing concern over several reports of...

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AAIF Awards 4 Students with the Helen Abbott Scholarship

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on April 21, 2016 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is happy to announce the 2016 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to four phenomenal Arab American students; Catherine Kilada, Omar Mansour, Tamara Matar and Nour Sulaiman. For the past 17 years, AAIF has been awarding exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made...

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California Delegate Applications to DNC, RNC Up 5X

Posted by Shadi Matar on April 06, 2016 in Blog

As the primary season continues, many voters in California are gearing up to register as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July. California’s Democratic Party has already received 4,600 applications for 317 district level delegate spots. The state’s Republican Party has received over 1,000 applications for its 172 delegates to their convention. The number of applicants so far is already five times the number in 2012.

If you want to apply, April is the month to do it. The parties have various deadlines in the coming...

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Syrian Violinist Mariela Shaker to Perform at Gibran Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 01, 2016 in Blog
Syrian refugee and violin virtuoso Mariela Shaker will perform at our 18th annual Gibran Gala.
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Sally Shaheen Joseph: From Rebel to Lawyer

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on March 30, 2016 in Blog
Sally Shaheen Joseph has always thought of herself a rebel. Even as a child, she did not hesitate to go against the grain. Her unwavering tenacity and independence often conflicted with expectations others had for her as an Arab American woman. Now in her 80s, Sally is undoubtedly still a rebel but is also many more things – a jazz singer, high school dropout turned lawyer, proud mother, and devoted public servant in Flint Township, Michigan. While Shaheen Joseph has been an impactful member of her community for many years, her road to public service began in an unlikely way.
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Comedic Relief for Communities Targeted by Hateful Rhetoric

Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Today, more than ever, Arab Americans and American Muslims are suffering because of negative rhetoric that undermines American values. As anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry rises, many people are asking if this fervor will cease. In the meantime, creative and positive responses are helping uplift targeted communities. On March 7th the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYMTA) debuted posters in its subway stations produced by American Muslim comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah. The ads "poke fun" at Muslims in an effort to dispel negative stereotypes of the community. One of the ads boldly proclaims “Beware The Muslims are Coming!” then...

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Young Arab Americans Sit Down with Journalist Hannah Allam

Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 21, 2016 in Blog

For the Arab American Generations program, AAI arranged a gathering and discussion with journalist Hannah Allam of McClatchy Newspapers. Over 50 attendees gathered at our office in Washington, DC, where they networked and enjoyed some great Arabic food like falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabbouleh.  Our Executive Director, Maya Berry kicked off the discussion with engaging questions to Ms. Allam who shared stories on her dream job growing up (which just so happens to be the same one she has now), memories of her role model, the late Anthony Shadid,...

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2016 Leadership Day Schedule

Posted on March 14, 2016 in 2016 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

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Arab Literature From the Nahda to the Pen League & Today

Posted by Jacob Saliba on March 11, 2016 in Blog

No person can truly comprehend the Arab experience through the lens of a textbook, history is as sensory as it is factual and ancient as short-lived. Modern Arabic literature has pioneered new fleets for a language with age-old roots and a sacred past. Arab Americans have contributed greatly to this literary rebirth ever since immigrants began arriving in the U.S. in the 1800s.

Emerging out of the Nahda, Arabic for renaissance, new found interest in art, literature and flourishing cosmopolitanism brought great wealth to the streets of Cairo, Beirut, Jaffa and elsewhere in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ...

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