Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2017 in Blog
Nadeen Hayden has never run away from a challenge, on the contrary, she’s embraced them with enthusiasm. This is due, in part, to characteristics that her parents taught her and her siblings: hard work and the importance of education. “There was no other priorities in our home except diligence and education. Because my father was a refugee, he lived under the impression that you could have nothing in an instant. He stressed that we had to...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 26, 2017 in Blog
Posted on September 12, 2017 in Arab Americans in Political Life
The Arab American Institute proudly recognizes Arab Americans running for elected office across the country. From local school boards, to the United States House of Representatives, Arab Americans are serving their communities and our country in innumerable capacities. Head over to our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life for a list of those currently in office. 2018 Arab American 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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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,...Read more
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...Read more
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....Read more
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...Read more