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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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....Read more