INTERVIEW: Arab American Democrat Ayla Kadah

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 28, 2016 in Blog

Ayla Kadah is an Arab American delegate from Washington, where she supported Senator Bernie Sanders. Ayla is 21 years old, making her the youngest ever delegate from Washington State, and the youngest Arab American delegate at the 2016 Democratic Convention.  Q: When and why did you immigrate to the United States?  Though I was born in California, I was raised in Damascus, Syria. I moved back to the US in 2013 to attend the University of Washington in Seattle.  Q: What about Senator Sanders...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 3

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

It was a packed night last night. The Convention was bursting from the seams with Democrats eager to salute the Party's top elected officials - Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. We also got a first hand look at Hillary Clinton's pick for Vice President, Senator Tim Kaine. There's a lot to cover on all fronts, so here is your DNC Day 3 dispatch: Arab Americans at the Convention In addition to throwing a pretty spectacular party on Tuesday night, we're here at the DNC convention to educate delegates and inform...

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AAI Talks Palestine at the Democratic National Convention

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

"Palestinians and Israelis on the ground are paying the price with human life and massive destruction for the inability of the U.S. not only to hold Israel to account but to follow through on its policy talk with policy action." - Sam Bahour

  AAIF hosted an expert panel to debate how President Obama and the next President of the United States can end the occupation of Palestine. The panel featured AAI President Dr. James Zogby, Palestinian American businessman Sam Bahour, columnist and author Peter Beinart, and President of Americans for Peace Now Debra DeLee....

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 2

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 27, 2016 in Blog

What's done is done and our 2016 presidential race officially has nominees from the two major US political parties! In a history-making moment, the Democratic Party has nominated it's first female candidate for President last night. Here's your DNC Day 2 Daily Dispatch! Arab Americans at the Convention Our block party - Ahlan Wa Sahlan Philly! - was a huge success! We had music, dabke, food, hookah, some stand up comedy, and a ton of fun saluting the nominee! Check out some early pictures and stay tune for our wrap up of...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 1

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 26, 2016 in Blog

Ahlan wa sahlan Philadelphia! Your slightly rested and ready to go AAI staff arrived in Philadelphia to continue our coverage of the 2016 nominating conventions and to highlight the role Arab Americans are playing this election cycle. Keeping on theme with the Republican convention, Day 1 of #DemsInPhilly was punctuated by drama. However, there Democrats seemed to come through the other end of it by the end of the night thanks to many powerful speeches. Here's your Day 1 Dispatch. Arab Americans at the Democratic Convention AAI President Dr. James Zogby spoke at a panel,...

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Democrat Fay Beydoun

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 26, 2016 in Blog
Fay Beydoun is the Vice President of the Michigan State Democratic Party. Ms. Beydoun is the Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce based in Dearborn, Michigan and the CEO of Tejara Global Business Development Center. Fay supported Secretary Hillary Clinton in the primary.
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Arab Americans at the 2016 Conventions!

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 22, 2016 in Blog

Every four years the Arab American Institute Foundation hosts events at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to put Arab Americans front-and-center on a national platform. Together, the local Arab American community and Arab Americans at the Conventions help us insert our own narrative into the policy discussions taking place at the heart of the election process.

We are excited to announce the following events, please click on each event to RSVP. Contact Nadia Aziz with any questions (naziz@aaiusa.org) Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia, PA

July 25-28, 2016  Click to RSVP

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 4

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 22, 2016 in Blog

That's a wrap here in Cleveland, but before we head out for Philadelphia (no rest for the weary or the AAI staff), here's a quick rundown of what happened when Donald Trump accepted the 2016 Republican nomination.

Arab Americans at the Convention Read a great feature on AAI's RNC comedy show by the Daily Dot. In Case You Missed it: Michael Faddoul shares his perspective as a local Clevelander Randa Fahmy Hudome gives us her take on the 2016 convention

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Conservative and Cleveland Native Jacob Saliba

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 21, 2016 in Blog

Jacob Saliba is an Arab American Conservative from the Cleveland area. Jacob is a rising senior at the Catholic University of America where he is studying World Politics and Islamic World Studies. Jacob supported John Kasich in the primary, and will not be supporting Mr. Trump in November.  Q: What is your history with the Republican Party? I’ve always identified as a Republican or conservative. In 2013, becoming disheartened with the party, I became a registered independent, however, up until this date, I have only voted for a Republican candidate.

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 3

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 21, 2016 in Blog

The intensity really picked up on Day 3 as the estimated 50,000 convention-goers anticipated a night packed with speakers. Here’s your Day 3 dispatch.

Arab Americans at the Convention Arab American Comedy Counters Bigotry at Trump's RNC Convention On prime time TV, Eric Trump mentioned his charitable support of St. Jude's Research Hospital, which we hope you know was founded by Arab American Danny Thomas! Read all about it here. Donald Trump Jr. meets Arab American Ramy Youseff and learns about #YallaVote...

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