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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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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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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Fayrouz Saad Pours Her Passion Into Serving Community

Posted by Joan Hanna on August 08, 2016 in Blog

“My earliest memories of civic engagement are volunteering for my oldest sister, Samar, who actually worked with AAI in Michigan. Samar, my other sister, Mariam, and I would go to naturalization ceremonies and register people to vote. Those experiences were very powerful as a teenager. And it must have had an impact on me given the direction in which my career has progressed and the things I’ve worked on, because I believe our vote is...

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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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