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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Rediscovering Nagi Daifallah 43 Years After His Death

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on August 15, 2016 in Blog

Courtesy: Happy Arab News I had never heard the name Nagi Daifallah before. Not growing up. Not in school. Not in my history books. Never. Yet his story is distinctly American as it reflects our history of immigrants who came to this country with few profitable skills, but have had a lasting impact on the social and political fabric of American society. As a Yemeni immigrant who was a leader in the United Farm Workers (UFW), Nagi was fighting in solidarity with...

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Yalla Philly Welcomes Delegates to DNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Kicking off a week of outreach and education programming, the Arab American Institute Foundation hosted Arab American delegates to the Democratic National Convention for Arabic food in Philadelphia on Tuesday. With nearly 50 delegates to the DNC in 2016, the room was filled to capacity with old and new friends alike along with the local Arab American Philadelphia Host Committee. Delegates and guests shared their stories of how they became involved in activism and public service while sharing their advocacy on behalf of Palestine, civil liberties, and other...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 4

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 29, 2016 in Blog

Last night, Hillary Clinton took the stage to accept the Democratic Party's nomination marking the end of the two-week long infomercial that was the 2016 presidential nominating conventions. Here it is, your last AAI Daily Dispatch from the fourth and final day of the Democratic National Convention:Arab Americans at the Convention INTERVIEW: 21 year old Syrian immigrant Ayla Kadah explains what she thinks it will take to get Bernie supporters united behind Hillary. Arab American PLEO delegate Jack Hanna, was interviewed by Early Returns and highlighted how his Syrian...

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