Washington Watch: The Struggle for the Idea of America

Posted on April 21, 2018 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This week I traveled to Dearborn, Michigan to speak at the 15th annual "Images and Perceptions" Diversity Conference. The focus of my remarks were the challenges we are facing today. Dark forces have been unleashed in our society that are threatening the very meaning of the America that we have fought to create and that we must now fight to protect.    Before discussing this issue, I want to reflect on how important it is that Arab American leadership brought together this convening of elected officials, law enforcement, educational institutions, social service agencies and a broad...

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#YallaVote in California Celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

Posted by Guest on April 16, 2018 in Blog

By: Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: California

Unanimous! That was how the California State Senate adopted the Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 123, proclaiming the month of April as "Arab American Heritage Month." To mark the achievement, I took part in Southern California community events celebrating the month as a Yalla Vote Field Organizer.

Having the Yalla Vote program present at community events is crucial now more than ever. The stakes this election year couldn’t be higher. In terms...

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NBC News Reporter Vivian Salama joins AAI at #Gibran20 as MC

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 03, 2018 in Blog

We have some exciting news.

NBC News Reporter Vivian Salama will be joining us at 2018 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala as our Master of Ceremonies.

Ms. Salama got her start as production assistant at WNBC TV in New York city. After the 9/11 terrorist attack and the resulting conflict in Iraq, her intrepid nature took her from her home in New York back to her roots in the Middle East. As a freelance reporter in...

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Playing the Part: Teresa Isaac and Her Vision for An Inclusive Kentucky Community

Posted by Guest on April 02, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Teresa Isaac always dreamed of serving her community after watching her father serve as Mayor of Cumberland. While her father chose the political route, the Isaac family has inextricably linked itself to the history of eastern Kentucky through the arts. Emigrating from Lebanon, her grandparents arrived during the peak mining years in eastern Kentucky to pursue a better livelihood. In an effort to entertain the community, the family used their creative strengths and talents to open a theatre, which proved to be an immediate hit with...

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Meet Our #YallaVote Field Organizers!

Posted by Haley Arata on March 12, 2018 in Blog

Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer in California:

Johanna is a Palestinian American, raised in Jordan. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society from the University of Southern California. Johanna is a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellow at the Arab American Civic Council. Before joining the AAI Yalla Vote team, she was a Development & Outreach and Children’s Rights intern with Human Rights Watch-Los Angeles, a Research Intern with California Strategies, and a Congressional Intern with Representative...

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Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba to receive Gibran Award at 20th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 07, 2018 in Blog

Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala Thursday, April 26, 2018 J.W. Marriott1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C.5:30 Reception

6:30 GalaBlack Tie  Tickets 

 Sponsorships 

 Accommodations

 About the Awards 

 

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 22, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with most of...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted on February 22, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 13: Misrepresented Realities

Posted on February 02, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 150 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on Voter Suppression Efforts

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 30, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

For AAI’s monthly National Policy Council meeting, Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, was invited to speak on voter suppression efforts. Ho discussed the various voter purge cases including the Ohio case which is headed to the Supreme Court and updated the group on the disbandment of President Trump’s “Voter Fraud Commission.” The meeting also included a brief discussion of the Census Bureau’s decision not to implement a Middle East and North Africa category on the 2020 Census.

NPC members raised questions about the issues Ho discussed, as well as concerns about...

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