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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Newman Abuissa

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 04, 2016 in Blog

  Newman Abuissa, a Syrian American who has resided in Iowa for over 30 years, has made a name for himself – at the Iowa Department of Transportation as a Transportation Engineer, as an advocate for Syrian refugees and smarter U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, and in statewide and national politics. During Iowa’s caucus on Monday evening, he had a special role to fill.  As Precinct Captain, Abuissa organized upwards of 460 caucus-goers. With the help of his wife...

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Dr. Zogby addresses Iowa Crowds ahead of the Caucus

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on January 29, 2016 in Blog
Just a few days before the “first in the nation” Iowa Caucuses, AAI President Dr. James Zogby headed to Iowa City in order to speak to Iowans about the significance of political discourse regarding the Arab world and Islam. On Wednesday, January 27, Dr. Zogby addressed an audience at the University of Iowa on the 2016 Presidential Candidate’s failures to address issues that are critical to Arab Americans.
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AAI Launches the Arab American Leadership Council Study Tour: Arab American Public Servants Connect with Arab World

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 28, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is proud to launch its first annual Arab American Leadership Council Middle East Study Tour as part of our Arab American Generations programming. Six Arab American elected officials traveled to the Gulf, North Africa, and the Levant to learn about key US foreign policy issues and hear from the region's leaders.
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A Network of Aspiring Arab American Leaders

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on January 22, 2016 in Blog
Each month, as part of our Arab American Generations program, we hold an event in the Washington, DC area for Arab American young professionals, aspiring politicians, public servants, or individuals who want to be at the heart of politics. The young Arab American community in Washington, DC represents a future generation of public servants, thought leaders, journalists and more, and we at AAI strive to provide a platform for our future leaders.
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Arab Americans React to the State of the Union

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 14, 2016 in Blog
We asked young Arab Americans to share their reaction to the President’s final State of the Union address. Did he discuss the issues most important to them? Did he fulfill their expectations in his last address to the nation before a new president is inaugurated in 2017? Here are some of their responses.
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Arab American Elected Officials Face Bigotry for Their Background

Posted by Shadi Matar on January 14, 2016 in Blog
The past November the City of Hamtramck, Michigan elected three new members to their city council, Saad Almasmari, Anam Miah, and Abu Musa. All three won from a pool of six candidates who ran very competitive campaigns to earn the city council seats. With their additions to the city council, Hamtramck is now the first city in the United States with a majority Muslim city council and this has caused a flurry of anti-Muslim rhetoric to be directed toward the newly elected councilmembers and the city of Hamtramck.
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How One Syrian American Became My Trump Antidote

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 07, 2016 in Blog
2015 brought many challenges for the Arab American and American Muslim communities. The presidential primary season kicked into gear, and along with it came a fresh wave of bigotry. In the face of so much hate, it's hard not to become discouraged. But, even when faced with this climate of hate and fear, I'm not discouraged from engaging in the 2016 election. In fact, I am excited.
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