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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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.

“BANNED:...

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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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