Arab Americans

Posted on December 11, 2009 in Arab American Institute

We are a diverse community of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, three and one-half million strong, who have come from throughout the Arab world. We are Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Jordanians, and Yemenis – from North Africa to Southwest Asia. We are Christians and Muslims.

Arab Americans’ history illustrates how the immigrant experience has shaped the United States. We are part of the American success story, showing what can be achieved when an ethnic constituency becomes fully engaged in the political and economic life of this country.

Since the first wave of immigrants arrived here more than century...

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Fayrouz Saad: Special Assistant, Office of Director for CRCL at DHS

Posted by on December 02, 2009 in Blog
Arab American community activist and public servant Fayrouz Saad is moving on from her position as Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), to assume the position of Special Assistant in the Office of the Director for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.
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Amir Omar: City Councilman, Richardson Texas

Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Blog

Of Palestinian and Iranian decent, Republican Amir Omar became the first Muslim to be elected to the Richardson, Texas City Council last May. Omar earned a victory over incumbent Dennis Stewart to occupy the 7th seat of the Richardson City Council. This Texas A&M University graduate is an active member of his community and is involved in over ten local groups and associations. He is a proud member of the Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation board and was honored in January with a Richardson Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Award. His achievements have brought a great sense of pride to both...

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Suzanne Sareini: A Voice for those Unheard

Posted by on July 27, 2009 in Blog

It has been said that no matter where a person goes, there is no place like home. Whether it is the family, friends or traditions, there is no telling of the comforts and joys that a person’s home has to offer, and nobody knows these simple pleasures better than Dearborn City Councilwoman Suzanne Sareini. A life time resident of Dearborn, Michigan, Sareini’s public service began by spending time in her parent’s restaurant. “Their restaurant quickly became a place for members of the community to gather, and a place to help new Americans get on their feet.” Sareini recalls....

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Nick Kahl: Home Is Where the Vote Is

Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Blog

Having spent his adult life volunteering for candidates within the Democratic Party, Nick Kahl decided “it was about time [he] ran, instead of working for candidates who didn’t fully represent the interests of [his] district.” Currently, Kahl is a Precinct Committee Person and Recording Secretary of the Mulnomah County Democratic Party in Oregon and his expansive political background makes him more than qualified to take on the big issues.  Born and raised in East County, Kahl has a deep connection to his hometown and an unwavering commitment to its residents. While he realizes that his district has been held by...

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Only in America: Majid Al-Bahadli, Iraqi Delegate 2008

Posted by on September 15, 2008 in Blog

Majid Al-Bahadli, Obama delegate from Washington State, danced on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, cheered on by members of his state’s delegation, this past August. How he came to be there, the only Iraqi delegate on the floor, is an inspiration to us all.

Born and raised in Iraq, the budding political activist knew the risks of opposing Saddam’s regime: in 1980, his uncle and cousins, and many other family members, were executed for it. When Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1991, Majid heeded the United States’ call to rise up against him. But when the U.S. withdrew and...

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Rashida Tlaib: Service Politics in Southwest Detroit

Posted by on September 03, 2008 in Blog

Rashida Tlaib might be running for State Representative for the first time, but she’s no newcomer to the area or to the issues. Residents know her by name, she’s visited their homes on her door-to-door campaign, and she’s part of a growing group of those who work in “service politics”. A self-described “daughter of the community” and “product of the culturally vibrant community of Southwest Detroit”, Rashida Tlaib is looking to represent Michigan’s 12th District, the district she grew up in.

Tlaib’s history of working in public policy and legal services is a natural fit for this position. She worked...

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David-Imad Ramadan: Republican Activist since 1989

Posted by on August 20, 2008 in Blog

David-Imad Ramadan has been a Republican activist at both a grassroots and national level since he moved to Washington, DC in 1989.  Over the last twenty years, he has worked on every presidential campaign on the Republican side and has been involved in several gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns.  He is currently the Precinct Captain and Outreach Chair for Loudoun County Republicans, and is involved with the Republican Party of Virginia, the Arab American Coalition for McCain, and the Lebanese American Coalition for McCain. “This is a very important election for me because of its implications in the Middle East,...

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2008 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on June 19, 2008 in Arab American Institute

800 guests from across the United States and the globe gathered on Wednesday, April 23 for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 10th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the black-tie affair heard Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas address the gala in person and saw organizations and individuals honored for their service and efforts to address problems that too often go overlooked.

AAIF presented Kahlil Gibran Awards to Refugees International (Award for International Commitment) and Reporters Without Borders (Award for Institutional Excellence). The Foundation also honored Congressman Ray LaHood of...

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2006 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on June 02, 2008 in Arab American Institute

WASHINGTON – More than 800 diplomats, dignitaries and Arab Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2006, for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 8th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala.

General Wesley Clark presented Former President of Poland Lech Walesa with the Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his life-long efforts to bring freedom and democracy to his country.

“For his part, Walesa describes himself as a ‘Polish worker from the Gdansk shipyard.’ He was, of course, so much more,” said General Clark. “As a courageous fighter for freedom, he, together with Pope John Paul...

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