Arab American Candidates Run Powerful Races in California’s Highly Contested 2018 Primary

Posted by Guest on June 12, 2018 in Blog

By Lela Ali

The nation’s eyes were on California’s primary election last Tuesday, and for good reason. As Republicans were trying to cling to their seats in a deep-blue state, Democrats saw an opportunity to flip several Congressional seats to secure a narrow House majority in the 2018 elections. In most states, the primary simply sends a candidate from each major party to face-off in the general election, but because of California’s unique ”jungle primary,” all candidates run against each other, with the top two advancing regardless of party affiliation, making it one of the most competitive congressional races...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 22: No Reason to Reason

Posted on May 04, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 240 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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2018 Leadership Days Focus on Coalition Building

Posted by Guest on April 26, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer Since its founding, the Arab American Institute has made it a priority to amplify the voices of the Arab American community. In the spirit of this week’s Kahlil Gibran Awards, and the essence of giving back and engaging with the community, the first of our two-day Arab American Leadership Day Conference gathered Arab Americans from across the nation to take part in a series of critical panels and policy discussions. Experts from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Representative Betty McCollum’s office, and USAID, joined us to discuss...

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Arab Americans Celebrate Legacy of Kahlil Gibran with “Spirit of Humanity Awards” 20th Anniversary

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 26, 2018 in Blog

(Washington) – Tonight, the Arab American community will honor the legacy of author and poet Kahlil Gibran during the 20th 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 in all walks of life. The awards are named for the author of The Prophet, whose message of human endurance and triumph was so evident in his life and work. The awards further symbolize Gibran’s pride in his Arab heritage, respect for the freedom he found in...

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Playing the Part: Teresa Isaac and Her Vision for An Inclusive Kentucky Community

Posted by Guest on April 02, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Teresa Isaac always dreamed of serving her community after watching her father serve as Mayor of Cumberland. While her father chose the political route, the Isaac family has inextricably linked itself to the history of eastern Kentucky through the arts. Emigrating from Lebanon, her grandparents arrived during the peak mining years in eastern Kentucky to pursue a better livelihood. In an effort to entertain the community, the family used their creative strengths and talents to open a theatre, which proved to be an immediate hit with...

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Passion and Purpose: Mariam Bazzi Reflects on a Career in Public Service

Posted by Guest on February 28, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

“As cliché as it may sound, I am passionate about helping people. It’s one of the reasons I am drawn to public service,” Bazzi reflected. “The desire to be part of something that is bigger than myself.” Since she was young, Mariam Bazzi always knew she would dedicate her life to service. Originally an outspoken member of her local Michigan school board, she was appointed by Governor Snyder in 2017 to serve as judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court. A Dearborn native, her dedication to...

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AAI American Attitudes Poll In the Press

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 06, 2017 in Blog



The Supreme Court just unleashed the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Americans share the president’s critical views of Muslims.

Favorable opinions of Arabs and Muslims are actually rising during the Trump era, according to a new poll published by the Arab American Institute, an Arab interest group, and conducted by Zogby Analytics. The optimistic new data comes “in the face of an atmosphere of...

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2017 Election Results - Arab American Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 08, 2017 in Blog

  Over the past year, we have seen an increase in hate and bigotry towards Arab Americans and American Muslims. Despite the rhetoric and heightened xenophobia, 26 Arab Americans chose to seek public office in the hopes of making a difference in their communities. They spanned the country from California to Massachusetts and Georgia, running for everything from Clerk to State House. Here, we highlight the candidates who ran for office in 2017. There were 21 Arab Americans who made it to the...

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Meet Ammar Campa-Najjar, the young Latino Arab American who wants us all to be at the table

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 23, 2017 in Blog

Born in southern California to a Mexican mother and a Palestinian father, Ammar has lived at the crossroads of cultural identity: half Latino, half Middle Eastern, and an all American boy. He spent some of his formative years in Gaza, reconnecting with his estranged father. Living in Gaza as a young boy, Ammar admits, was a menacing and gut-wrenching experience at times. “I saw war and violence and a lot of loss and death—just things better left imagined than described,” he said.Life in Gaza gave Ammar thick...

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Fayrouz Saad Pours Her Passion Into Serving Community

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 19, 2017 in Blog

“My earliest memories of civic engagement are volunteering for my oldest sister, Samar, who actually worked with AAI in Michigan. Samar, my other sister, Mariam, and I would go to naturalization ceremonies and register people to vote. Those experiences were very powerful as a teenager. And it must have had an impact on me given the direction in which my career has progressed and the things I’ve worked on, because I believe our vote is...

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