Arab American Comedy Counters Bigotry at Trump's RNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 20, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans pushed back against talk of "bans" on Arab Americans and American Muslims, "patrols" for so-called "Muslim neighborhoods" and religious litmus tests on Tuesday, July 19, at a packed comedy show for delegates, attendees and community members during the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

While the Arab American Institute Foundation normally does programming around the RNC and DNC presidential nominating conventions aimed at raising awareness around issues of concern, this election cycle created a special challenge. One that AAIF chose to meet with humor.


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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 2

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 20, 2016 in Blog

We were back at it yesterday on the busy streets of downtown Cleveland. Following a controversy-filled first day, we focused on elevating the issues that we care about most with some much needed laughter, and we kept our eyes on the policy from the Convention podium. Here's what we think was of note on Day 2! 

Arab Americans at the Republican Convention Randa Fahmy, an Arab American Republican, is interviewed at the GOP Convention. We hosted our policy forum in the form of a comedy show. Designed...

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Randa Fahmy on Attending the Trump Convention

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on July 20, 2016 in Blog

Randa Fahmy is an Arab American Republican attending the 2016 Convention. Ms. Fahmy owns and operates a government relations and strategic consulting firm specializing in international issues and the energy sector. Ms. Fahmy supported Governor Chris Christie in the primary.  

Q: Describe your history with the Republican Party?

I’ve been with the party since I could vote at 18. I cut my teeth with Ronald Reagan during the Reagan campaign and have worked on many presidential, senate, and congressional campaigns throughout the years. I was a political appointee and...

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 1

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 19, 2016 in Blog

Beyond the dramatic headlines, Day 1 of Trump's Convention in Cleveland got off to a raucous start. Your friendly AAI staff was on the ground to bring you the latest on what this means for the policies we care about, the Party many in our community are a part of, and the sideshows which warrant their own coverage. Here's your Day 1 Dispatch.

Arab Americans at the RNC Convention INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Sam LaHood on Attending the Trump Convention An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome...

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An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome to the RNC

Posted by Hannah Locop on July 19, 2016 in Blog

The Republican National Convention is officially underway in Cleveland, Ohio this week. People from across the country will be pouring into the city for the festivities, and Clevelanders are their welcoming party -- Arab Americans included. Recently, AAI interviewed Michael Faddoul, a local Arab American, small-business owner, and Cleveland Cavaliers fan to get his thoughts on the election and how the RNC impacts his community.  

Michael Faddoul is a proud first-generation Lebanese American and Cleveland resident. He is also an ardent basketball fan, describing...

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Sam LaHood on Attending the Trump Convention

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 19, 2016 in Blog

Sam LaHood is an Arab American Republican attending the 2016 Convention. Mr. LaHood serves at the International Republican Institute as the Deputy Director of the Asia division. Mr. LaHood supported Marco Rubio in the primary; this interview reflects his personal views and not that of his employer.

Q: What has been your history with the Republican Party?

I was a full time staff for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008 and had worked as a volunteer in almost every election cycle before then.  In this...

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2017 Arab American Candidates

Posted on July 11, 2016 in Arab Americans in Political Life

    The Arab American Institute proudly recognizes Arab Americans running for elected office across the country. From local school boards, to the United States House of Representatives, Arab Americans are serving their communities and our country in innumerable capacities. Head over to our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life for a list of those currently in office. 2017 Arab American Candidates


Former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac Portrait Unveiling

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 24, 2016 in Blog

We congratulate former Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac on the unveiling on her portrait yesterday, June 23rd. The portrait, painted by Versailles artist Steve Sawyer will reside in the council chambers. Isaac, who was mayor from 2003 to 2006, is well known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of her constituents and the Arab American community. During her time as mayor she supported initiatives to enhance public housing, create youth and senior programs, increase pay...

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Together We Came: Mona Yacoubian

Posted by Hannah Locop on June 19, 2016 in Blog

Mona Yacoubian is one of Washington’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts. You've probably heard her analysis on C-SPAN or PBS NewsHour, or read her numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy magazine. A Fulbright Scholar and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Yacoubian is currently  Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID). With a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy from Duke University, Yacoubian began her...

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Together We Came: Richard Hanna

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

Known for his community and work experiences, voting transparency and willingness to put partisan politics aside, Richard Hanna has represented New York’s 22nd district in the House of Representatives since 2011. Of Lebanese descent, Hanna was born and raised in upstate New York. After his father’s sudden death when Hanna was just twenty years old, he became the primary supporter of his mother and four sisters, a responsibility that required Hanna to put his education on hold. After eight years of taking care of his family and paying...

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