Scholarships, Internships – Opportunities Abound

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on February 10, 2017 in Blog

Every year, the Arab American Institute Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 grant to accomplished Arab American students. Known as the Helen Abbott Community Service Awards, these scholarships were made possible through a generous donation by Helen Abbot—a longtime friend of the Institute. Past awardees have been committed to serving their communities, excelled academically, and demonstrated a strong sense of pride in their Arab American identity. A dedicated humanitarian and philanthropist, Ms. Abbott spent her life committed to improving her community and helping others. After moving to Fort Pierce, Florida in 1989,...

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Communities are Standing Against the Muslim Ban

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 09, 2017 in Blog

From California to New Jersey, and places in between, like Michigan, local governments are standing for immigrants and refugees.   Fahim Abedrabbo was elected in November to the Clifton, New Jersey Board of Education. (BOE) Because Clifton is a diverse, ethnically and religiously rich city, Abedrabbo wanted support the city’s children, regardless of immigration status so he introduced a resolution to that effect. “There has been a [U.S.] law protecting student identities and we as the BOE have an obligation to protect our kids, no matter...

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Kentucky Students Lead Rally Against Muslim Ban in Lexington

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 07, 2017 in Blog

Nine middle school, high school and college students who set out to organize a protest in Lexington, KY around the Muslim ban got a response they never imagined. Some 1,000 people came out to join them in voicing their concerns on Sunday.   Bayan Megariaf, one of the organizers from Tates Creek High School, is Libyan American and has become deeply concerned about the Trump Administration’s policies towards refugees, immigrants, American Muslims and those of Arab descent. “We just want people to know that without immigrants...

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Emad Salem: Taking Advocacy Local

Posted by Joan Hanna on January 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab Americans are taking action locally all across the country. They are calling and emailing officials in their state legislatures, in Congress and the U.S. Senate as well as their Governors' offices. Even better, they are requesting meetings with elected officials and bringing other constituents along to make a greater impact. They’re also hosting community meetings to discuss what can be done on the local and state level to protect sanctuary cities, address hate crimes and fight for free speech. Emad Salem is a 2016 DNC Delegate and Senate District 10 Committeeman for the Texas...

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The Attack on Linda Sarsour is Wrong, But Sadly Not Surprising

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 24, 2017 in Blog

The Women’s March on Washington was a historic gathering of people in support of women’s rights, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTQ rights, Muslim rights, Black rights along with the rights of several marginalized communities. As excitement from the weekend subdued, however, bigots were quick to unleash their fury against one of the co-chairs of the Women's March - Linda Sarsour. An activist and executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, Sarsour is an Arab American Muslim who has a long history of advocating for the rights of marginalized communities as...

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Meet Arab American Members in 115th Congress

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 24, 2017 in Blog

Ralph Abraham (LA-5)

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., was elected to represent Louisiana's 5th District in December 2014. The 5th District is the largest in terms of area in the state, spanning 24 parishes across most of Northeast and Central Louisiana and parts of five Florida parishes in the state's southern "boot." This is his first publicly held office after spending most of his life as a practicing physician, veterinarian, business owner, farmer, pilot and veteran. https://abraham.house.gov/about/full-biography       

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Newman Abuissa Working to Build Bridges in Iowa City

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Across the country, Arab Americans are stepping forward to make change and build support for immigrant rights, religious freedom and justice for disenfranchised communities. In Iowa, Newman Abuissa, a member of AAI's National Policy Council, is no different. As part of his role as an Advisory Board member of the University of Iowa's Center for Human Rights Abuissa worked with fellow members to create a community event that would counter division and hate. The result was Abraham's Walk "inspired by the biblical Abraham, who walked from his hometown to a...

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Philly Arab Americans Create Local Action Plan

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Building on the release of AAI's "Advocacy Road Map," Government Relations Director Nadia Aziz joined activists in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22 to discuss the community's immediate priorities and help develop them into an action plan.  "The November election jolted many in our community, especially given our stance for immigrant rights and religious freedom. So, it's important for us to get together, as a  community, to figure out how to deal with the potential domestic and foreign challenges. This meeting went a long way in developing that strategy," said Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corps and an AAI...

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on NSEERS & Immigration Policies Under a President Trump

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 15, 2016 in Blog

AAI’s National Policy Council was recently joined by Greg Chen, Director of Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), to strategize around President-elect Trump’s immigration proposals that many Arab Americans are concerned about. From reinstating NSEERS to deporting undocumented immigrants and talk of a “Muslim ban”, Arab Americans share concerns and fears with many other immigrant communities. Amidst uncertainty about how the proposals Donald Trump made as a candidate will be manifested once he takes office, there is important work to be done...

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Making a Difference: AAI's National Policy Council

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 13, 2016 in Blog

As we approach 2017, the Arab American community is facing a range of policy challenges both foreign and domestic. One of the ways you can help us have an impact and make a difference is by recommending candidates for AAI’s National Policy Council (NPC).  

NPC members participate in monthly calls with policy experts and AAI leadership around issues facing our community. These monthly briefings help make sure local leaders get the vital information they need on complex and quickly changing policies. For Washington experts and AAI leaders, these exchanges provide much-needed...

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