A Conversation with Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Blog

In Currents this week, New Yorker correspondent Ray Lizza interviews Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. A proud Arab American, longtime friend of AAI, and winner of the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, LaHood retired from his seat in Congress (R-IL) in 2008.  A well respected voice in Washington, he was confirmed as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Transportation in 2009. His commitment to public service and bi-partisanship are legendary and admirable. Take a moment to hear Secretary LaHood's thoughts on the stimulus package, infrastructure development, and the US economy.

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Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab American Experience

Posted on September 09, 2010 in Arab American Institute

(Chapter in Arabs in America: Building a New Future)

This paper was first presented on April 4, 1997 at a symposium on Arab Americans by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.

Issues of race and identity are certainly dominant factors in American social history. The dual legacies of slavery and massive immigration – and how they have intersected over time – deeply conditioned the ways in which the citizenry relates to race, and how the government intercedes to classify the population.

Throughout the more than 100 years that Arabs have immigrated to the U.S., there has been the...

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Vincent Sheheen: Moving South Carolina Forward

Posted by on September 02, 2010 in Blog

Vincent Sheheen is your friendly neighborhood state legislator, a conservationist, an avid outdoorsman, and a family man – and he just might be South Carolina’s next governor.  On June 8th of this year, State Senator Vincent Sheheen became the official Democratic candidate for Governor of South Carolina.  He intends for November 2nd to be the day he officially takes on that role.  The Sheheen family has a long history in South Carolina.  Vincent’s great grandfather came to the U.S. from Lebanon, arriving in Virginia and walking down to Camden, where he ended up settling down and opening...

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Today is Primary day in Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and Vermont

Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Blog

Elections today in four states. If you live in Arizona, Florida, Alaska or Vermont, make sure you visit your local polling place today. For more information on how and where to vote, click here.  We also have some Arab Americans on the ballot in Arizona -- five candidates in total, including Matt Heinz who we recently featured! Check back for updates on how their races went.  

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Frontline Democracy: Colorado State Representative Joe Rice

Posted by on August 06, 2010 in Blog

The epithet “dedication to public service” is often overused by politicians to the point of cliché. Yet a recent conversation with District 38 Colorado State Representative Joe Rice (D) presented a rare and inspiring image of a public servant dedicated to his country and constituents.  At the age of 17, Rice signed up with the US Army Reserves and has since served on active duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. In public office, Rice first served as a Councilman, then Mayor of Glendale, Colorado, and finally as a State Representative since 2006.

In discussing his heritage, Rice explained...

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Happy 90th Birthday Helen!

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
The great Helen Thomas turns 90 today.
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The Treatment of Shirley Sherrod

Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Blog
"As an Arab-American, I know too well the pain of this scourge, and the consequences many in my community have faced as result of this sordid game."
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Matt Heinz: Healing Arizona with a Superhuman Work Ethic

Posted by on July 02, 2010 in Blog

Working the graveyard shift as a medical professional can be an extremely taxing experience. How about negotiating that with the demands of a daytime job as well? Arab American Arizona State Representative Matt Heinz does just that—legislator by day, doctor by night, Heinz serves his community in a multitude of ways.  Born in Michigan, Heinz is half Lebanese and half German. His grandfather immigrated to Colorado, where his mother was born. Describing visits with his grandfather as a child, Heinz recalls his welcoming nature interspersed with occasional inappropriate remarks in Arabic. Heinz attended Albion College in Michigan...

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Face of AAI

Posted on June 21, 2010 in Arab American Institute

For 25 years, AAI members have been our voice, our face, our support—our raison d’être. Use our interactive gallery below to take a look at the members who have helped us reach this landmark. Click here to share your own story and memories of our first quarter century.  

http://www.aaiusa.org/page/-/Events/25th%20Anniversary/facesofaai.swf

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