AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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Together We Came: Abdullah Hammoud

Posted by Guest on June 07, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

He's young. He's passionate. He's committed to public service. And you can even find him on Snapchat. Meet Michigan State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn). Representing the state’s 15th district, Hammoud is a proactive legislator and consistent advocate for the people of Michigan.

Hammoud draws from a range of academic, professional and civic experiences in his capacity as a lawmaker. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010, which he followed up with a master's in epidemiology and genetics from the University of...

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Together We Came: Tony Fadell

Posted by Guest on June 01, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

Does the phrase, “iPod: 1,000 songs in your pocket!” sound groundbreaking to you? Maybe not today, but it was in 2001 when Apple released the first generation iPod. And you have Arab American Tony Fadell to thank for the development of that first sleek music player (authenticity you can now purchase for the low price of $20,000 on eBay).  Known as one of the “fathers of the iPod,” Fadell is a gadget whiz. A product designer, entrepreneur, and investor, Fadell is a one of the...

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Hannah Risheq: an Intersectional Candidate for Virginia’s 67th District

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 17, 2017 in Blog

Hannah Risheq has made national headlines over the past few months -- for all the right reasons. Risheq is an accomplished 25 year-old, who is proudly half Arab American, half Jewish American and running to be the Virginia Delegate in the 67th District. Virginia’s House of Delegates is predominately male and over the age of 35. Risheq is hoping to change that. “I’m happy to be seen as a face of this new generation. In an area like northern Virginia,...

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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Arab American Service Day 2017

Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog

As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Press Release: Arab Americans Honor Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukayu, Arc of the US, Biden Intiative's Greg Simon, journalist Steve Coll & artist Kamal Boullata

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

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOUNDATION For immediate release: Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with Spirit of Humanity Awards 19th Annual Event Honors: Hamdi Ulukaya, The Arc of the U.S., Greg Simon, Steve Coll & Kamal Boullata April 24, 2017 (Washington) – On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 19th annual Spirit of Humanity Awards. Through the event, Arab Americans recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion...

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AAI Intern Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
AAI Intern Alum Nicole Khamis Awarded Fulbright
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