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

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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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Nadeem Mazen’s Momentum and David Ramadan’s Passion Embody Local Power

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 01, 2016 in Blog

Today, voters from twelve states will participate in Super Tuesday by casting votes in the 2016 Presidential primary or caucus. This phenomenon will give a broad range of people an opportunity to share their opinions from the ballot box, likely providing unstoppable momentum to the front running candidates for President. In key Super Tuesday battleground states like Massachusetts – where Bernie Sanders hopes for a strong showing against Hillary Clinton - and Virginia – a purple state in the General Election - Arab Americans are playing a critical role. ...

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In Texas, Arab Americans Display Diversity & Electoral Significance

Posted by Shadi Matar on February 29, 2016 in Blog

As the Lone Star State prepares for its upcoming primary election for the 2016 presidential nomination on Super Tuesday, many in the Arab American community throughout the state are choosing different candidates to rally behind. The state’s nearly 300,000 Arab Americans could play an important role in deciding which candidates scoop up more delegates in their bid to secure their party’s nomination. As the case across the country, the Arab American community in Texas does not vote as a monolith but look to key issues and what the candidates are...

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Op-Ed by ALC Delegate Sam Hindi: "An eye-opening study trip"

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 26, 2016 in Blog

by Sam Hindi                                                                                                                          [This story originally appeared in The Daily Journal]

Fourteen days, three countries, eight elected Arab-American public servants, 25 meetings with broad and diverse spectrum of ambassadors,...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: South Carolina's Sheheen Family

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 23, 2016 in Blog

On Saturday, Republican voters had the chance to make their voice heard in the South Carolina Presidential Primary. Donald Trump won the state by 10 percentage points, sweeping all 50 delegates, in the winner-take-all delegate system. Unlike the Republican delegate system, Democrats will vote this Saturday, February 27th, and South Carolina’s 53 delegates will be awarded to either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders proportionate to the primary vote count. Black voters will play a powerful role, as they did in the 2008 primary, comprising 55% of voters in the Democratic Party...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Two Arab American Families Play Prominent Role in New Hampshire Politics

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 08, 2016 in Blog

New Hampshire might be the last place one would expect two Arab American households to establish revered political legacies, and on opposite sides of the aisle no less. But in truth, New Hampshire is not only a key electoral state known for setting the tone for presidential primaries, but it is also the home of two Arab American families that are predominant on the political scene: the Shaheen and the Sununu families. Bill Shaheen is an attorney and former District Court Judge, a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton, married to former...

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