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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Andre Sayegh’s Ground Game Wins Him Paterson Council Seat

Posted by Joan Hanna on June 07, 2016 in Blog

Voting is a privilege. Having a voice in how your country is run should not be taken for granted because, in some countries, citizens do not have that right. Yet, some say their one vote will not matter. Some say they do not vote because the system is rigged. Some say they are too busy to do the research required to be properly informed. If a person prescribes to any of those mindsets, do they also consent to having their voice, their...

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Jesse Sbaih: An Arab American Betting on Nevada

Posted by Shadi Matar on May 10, 2016 in Blog

Las Vegas has often been called the “City of Lights” but these days Jesse Sbaih is shining just as brightly. His story is one of hard work, dedication, and giving back to the community. He also could be making history later this year as the first Arab American immigrant and Muslim American immigrant elected to Congress.

Born in Jordan, Sbaih moved to the U.S. at age 11 with his family. They ultimately settled in Virginia where Sbaih was quickly accepted by his classmates. “When my family first moved to Virginia I was in...

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Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210   Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice 170+ in DC for Hill & Administration Meetings   April 22, 2016 (Washington) As part of its 18th Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, the Arab American Institute organized its annual advocacy days on Capitol Hill and the White House. This year, AAI partnered with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NAAC), and the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) to host...

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California Delegate Applications to DNC, RNC Up 5X

Posted by Shadi Matar on April 06, 2016 in Blog

As the primary season continues, many voters in California are gearing up to register as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in July. California’s Democratic Party has already received 4,600 applications for 317 district level delegate spots. The state’s Republican Party has received over 1,000 applications for its 172 delegates to their convention. The number of applicants so far is already five times the number in 2012.

If you want to apply, April is the month to do it. The parties have various deadlines in the coming...

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Sally Shaheen Joseph: From Rebel to Lawyer

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on March 30, 2016 in Blog
Sally Shaheen Joseph has always thought of herself a rebel. Even as a child, she did not hesitate to go against the grain. Her unwavering tenacity and independence often conflicted with expectations others had for her as an Arab American woman. Now in her 80s, Sally is undoubtedly still a rebel but is also many more things – a jazz singer, high school dropout turned lawyer, proud mother, and devoted public servant in Flint Township, Michigan. While Shaheen Joseph has been an impactful member of her community for many years, her road to public service began in an unlikely way.
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Arab Americans in the Sunshine State

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on March 14, 2016 in Blog
As Florida heads to the polls tomorrow, March 15, the Arab American community is ready to leave its mark on one of the country’s most politically, and symbolically, important primaries. 246 democratic delegates and 99 republican delegates are up for grabs. By Wednesday morning, both parties may have a much clearer picture of who their presidential nominee will be and like in Michigan, Arab Americans in Florida are looking to play a vital role in the outcome.
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2016 Leadership Day Schedule

Posted on March 14, 2016 in 2016 Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala

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Half a Million Arab Americans will make a Difference in the Michigan Primaries

Posted by Shadi Matar on March 07, 2016 in Blog

In the lead up to tomorrow’s primary in Michigan, both parties’ candidates have been courting the votes of the sizeable Arab American community, which accounts for at least 5% of the Michigan electorate. With almost half a million Arab Americans in the state, and 147 and 59 delegates on the line for the Democratic and Republican candidates respectively, the community will be a definitive factor in the upcoming primary. Over the last few weeks, many members of the Arab American community have gotten opportunities to meet with Republican and Democratic candidates to engage them on the issues that matter deeply to the nation and the Arab American community.

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