Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: California

Posted by Shadi Matar on October 05, 2016 in Blog
Candidates seeking state, county, and city offices addressed Arab Americans in Anaheim, California during a candidate’s night hosted by the Arab American Civic Council (AACC) last week.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Millennials in Pennsylvania

Posted by Guest on October 05, 2016 in Blog
A lot has been made about the millennial vote in this election - hear from two of ours who will be voting for the first time.
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Yalla Vote's 2016 Voter Guides are Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 05, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute’s 2016 state voter guides cover the basic rules of the upcoming election on November 8th specifically for the 12 states with the highest concentrations of Arab American voters. You’ll find information on registration deadlines, absentee voting, early voting, voter ID requirements, campaigning around the polls and information on poll watching. We’ve also included key demographic information for your state as well as the names of candidates seeking federal office. We hope you find this guide useful as you prepare for Election Day! Yalla Vote!
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Paterson Community Dedicates New School to Arab American who Left a Lasting Mark

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 28, 2016 in Blog

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Nearly 650 Paterson, New Jersey students began the semester in a newly built school earlier this month. The school is dedicated to Arab American Dr. Hani Awadallah. 

Dr. Awadallah, was a leader in the Arab American community, heading up the Arab American Civic Organization.  He also passionately supported education for children. Of Palestinian descent, he graduated from Cairo University with a BA in chemistry and geology, and taught in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States to earn a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Awadallah moved to New Jersey to further his career but made it his home and played a key role in building the Arab American community. He was hired as a professor of chemistry at Montclair State University, and even worked to create the chemistry department at MSU in 1970.

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Meet California's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
An AAI alumnus and current student at the University of California, San Diego, Shadi is looking forward to reconnecting with Arab Americans across California.
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Meet Pennsylvania's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
Meet your Pennsylvania Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Summar Elgogari! A student at Temple University, Summar is working with AAI through the election to connect with Arab Americans in Pennsylvania.
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2016 Arab American Candidate: Matt Heinz for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Hi, I'm Matt Heinz - an attending physician, a former state legislator, and a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about me here: http://www.heinzforarizona.com/

What are you on the ballot for?

To represent Arizona's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What is your ethnicity? 

My grandfather is from the village of Dhour El Choueir in Northern Lebanon. 

What's your immigration story?

My grandfather came over...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Education and Politics Mix for Fahim Abedrabbo

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 27, 2016 in Blog

For Fahim Abedrabbo, the importance of family and education are inseparably intertwined. This Arab American is so connected to both that it has inspired him to run for the Clifton Board of Education this year. Abedrabbo, who is of Palestinian descent, was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents left the town of Al Jib, just south of Ramallah, to create a better life for their growing family in America. Although Abedrabbo’s parents...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Hawaii’s Mark Hashem is Dedicated to his Constituents

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 21, 2016 in Blog

Hawaii State Representative Mark Hashem is the son of a Lebanese father and a Japanese mother. His story is as unique as it is interesting. Hashem’s grandfather had been studying to become a priest in Beirut. Prompted by his four brothers to come with them to the United States, however, Hashem’s grandfather left his studies for America. Arriving in Boston during the turn of the century he settled there and raised a family of seven children. The youngest of those...

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Sheriff Joe Hanna Wears his Heritage as a Badge of Pride

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 13, 2016 in Blog

Crediting his heritage and the way he was raised with making him the person he is today, Sheriff Joe Hanna said, “You have to know where you came from to know where you’re going.” This statement could not be more fitting for Hanna’s professional career. Hanna, who was elected last November as Sheriff of Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, is half Syrian and half Italian. He identifies strongly with his Arab American heritage, wearing it as a “badge of pride.” Like many Arabs who immigrated to the...

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