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, where there’s so much diversity, not only in...

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Arab American Heritage Month Kicked Off With Style in DC

Posted by Heba Mohammad on April 06, 2017 in Blog

An energized crowd turned out for the kickoff of National Arab American Heritage Month hosted by ArabAmerica.com on April 5. As attendees enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food and a surprise dabkah performance, they reveled in the uniqueness of their shared Arab heritage while celebrating the community’s many achievements. Several special guests were in attendance to deliver messages of unity and hope. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her support for Arab Americans at the event, calling the community an invaluable asset to the city, and...

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For #IWD Here's a Few Arab American Women Who've Made a Difference

Posted by Guest on March 08, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib Women have made significant contributions worldwide and in all aspects of daily life. Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of women everywhere. Here’s a few Arab American women who’ve made a difference. Christa McAuliffe, who was of Lebanese descent, was a teacher from New Hampshire and a participant in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. On January 28, 1986 Christa and the rest of the crew aboard the Space...

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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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AccessCal Empowers Those in Need

Posted by Guest on January 31, 2017 in Blog

by Raneem Alkhatib Access California Services (AccessCal), is a nonprofit that was founded in 1998 to help those struggling in southern California. Arab American Nahla Kayali, who serves on the board of AAI, founded the organization to cater to the needs of refugees and immigrants. Nineteen years later, AccessCal continues to make sure that those who are struggling or in transition have support. AccessCal offers many services to the community including professional help, referrals, and immigration. They also help provide employment, financial and health assistance, and even educational classes. All their...

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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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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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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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