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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Abdullah Hammoud Proves Age is Only a Number

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan's 15th District State Representative
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Wrap Up: AAI's Daily Dispatches from the RNC & DNC Conventions

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 09, 2016 in Blog

AAI's Yalla Vote campaign provided extensive coverage live from the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Use the links below to read our analysis and meet many of the Arab Americans who participated in the convention events we hosted!  DNC Daily Dispatch Archives: DNC Day 4 DNC Day 3 DNC Day 2 DNC Day 1 RNC Daily Dispatch Archives:

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Wrap Up: Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 09, 2016 in Blog

In 2016, Arab Americans were more engaged than ever in American electoral politics. Below are some of the original features AAI wrote to highlight the work of individual activists, candidates, organizations, and voters who made a difference this election year.  Patterson, New Jersey Councilman Andre Sayegh Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen Iowa precinct captain Newman Abuissa Michigan candidate for the 15th District, Abdullah Hammoud The Middle Eastern Student Center at the University of California, Riverside Swing state Pennsylvania’s millennial Arab American voters...

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Election Results - 2016 Arab American Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 09, 2016 in Blog

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. In 2016, there were 38 Arab American candidates who ran for elected offices across the United State. Below are the general election results which saw 14 Arab American candidates secure office. For a full listing of all 2016 Arab American candidates (primaries...

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