Michigan's 2017 Arab American Primary Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on July 28, 2017 in Blog

As Michigan prepares to head to the polls in a little over a week, AAI is excited to highlight Arab American candidates running for office in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. Local voters will be able to cast ballots for Mayor, the City Council and City Clerk. These local elections are vital because residents have the chance to create personal and professional relationships with their elected officials and discuss issues that most affect them. We’ve provided short biographical profiles on each of the 12 Arab Americans running for office in...

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It’s in his Genes: Bazzi Runs for Dearborn Heights City Council

Posted by Joan Hanna on July 24, 2017 in Blog

Bill Bazzi is a Marine Corps veteran, longtime Michigan resident and a candidate for Dearborn Heights City Council. He is hoping to serve his country again, but this time through public service: “I joined the military because I wanted to do something more. I wanted to serve my community and my country. It’s one of the reasons I am running for City Council. I want to give back and to honor my mother, who believes civic involvement is so important.” With a passion for giving back to his community and engineering,...

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Washington Watch: Poll - Negative Campaign Against Arabs and Muslims Has Consequences

Posted on July 10, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby While, as president, Donald Trump has worked to cultivate a relationship with Arab leaders, the antipathy towards Arabs and Muslims that he and his party have cultivated in recent years continues to have a worrisome impact on American public opinion and policy.   Recent polling conducted three weeks after Trump's summits in Saudi Arabia, establishes the persistence of a deep and disturbing partisan divide in American attitudes toward Arabs and Muslims. On many questions, the views of Democrats and Republicans are exactly the opposite of one another, with Republican attitudes toward the...

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Together We Came: Ray LaHood

Posted by Guest on June 28, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

“Arab Americans have made America a great country. You should never run away from that. You should never be ashamed of it. We should be proud of it,” exclaimed Raymond H. “Ray” LaHood, a proud second generation Arab American and life-long public servant. LaHood represented Illinois’ 18th congressional district in the US House of Representatives for 14 years before serving as the 16th Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. 

Back in 1895, LaHood’s grandparents left their small village of Aitou,...

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From Northwestern Syria to Southwestern Pennsylvania: An Immigration Story

Posted by Joan Hanna on June 26, 2017 in Blog

William "Chad" Hanna, back left; Senator John F. Kennedy, right.

At the age of 14, in 1904, George Hanna emigrated from Mashta al-Helu, Syria to Pennsylvania, settling in the town of Clymer, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. George supported himself as a businessman, selling housewares in a cart to local coal miners. He was charismatic, an astute entrepreneur, and spoke four languages. Through his military service in World War...

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Arab American Representative Leads a Policy Response to Rising Xenophobia

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....

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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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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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