Rima Nashashibi receives the Nagi Daifallah Social Justice Award

Posted by Shadi Matar on June 16, 2015 in Blog

At the 15th annual Orange County Flag Day celebration on June 13, Rima Nashashibi received the Nagi Daifallah Social Justice Award.

Nagi Daifallah was a young Yemeni man who was an active member of the labor union, United Farm Workers, who was killed by a police officer for his participation in the 1973 California Grape Strike.

A leader in the Arab American community both in her home state of California and internationally, no one is more fit to receive this award than Rima Nashashibi. Nashashibi has over two decades of experience and dedication working with...

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Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
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Arab American-led initiative promotes Nile River cooperation

Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman Winter Intern, 2015

On Monday, March 23rd the leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan signed a preliminary agreement approving Ethiopia’s hydroelectric project and provide the framework principles for building the dam that would impact the entire region. The construction of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is projected to be completed in 2017 and will cost $4.2 billion dollars.

The dam is designed to generate 6,000 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy for the region and advance Ethiopia’s development. At 1,780 meters wide and 145 meters tall, it will be the largest dam on...

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Make Sure You’re Counted - Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Checkbox

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Action Alerts

Last month, the US Census Bureau announced that it will be testing the MENA category for inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a vitally important measure to correct the problematic under count of our community. Now that the Census Bureau has officially announced it's plans to test the category over the course of 2015, the Bureau is soliciting public opinions on the MENA category's inclusion.

Please join our campaign to support the MENA category's inclusion on the 2020 Census by contacting the Federal Registrar now.

To read more about our efforts to include the MENA category on the 2020...

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Defrosting the Ice: Rolling Back the Secure Communities Program through TRUST

Posted by on October 09, 2014 in Blog

By Eddie Bejarano Fall Intern, 2014

On October 5, 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown signed eight immigrations laws into effect as thousands of Americans across the country demonstrated in support of pushing national immigration reform. One of the eight pieces of legislation signed into law was the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act.

The TRUST Act will ensure that undocumented immigrants would have to be charged with or guilty of a serious offense to be eligible for a 48 hour hold and potential deportation. Reshma Shamasunder, the Executive Director for the...

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For Obama and ISIL, Twitter is the New C-Span

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blog

By Dina Salah-ElDinFall Intern, 2014

From Washington, D.C. to Cairo to Hong Kong to Kiev, posting updates from a city square where tens, hundreds, or even tens of thousands are marching for or against a cause or a government has almost become the driving force for much of the activity on social media.  Over the past month, Twitter became the center stage from which the militant group known as the Islamic State declared its territorial gains in Iraq and its executions of two American journalists.

Last week, as President Barack Obama delivered a prime-time speech...

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Yalla Vote 2014 Voter Guides

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Arab American Institute




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#YallaVote: California 2014 Election Overview

Posted by on September 04, 2014 in Blog

Our 2014 California state voter guide is online! AAI's Voter Guides are designed to help you before going to the polls and contain brief overviews of many of the key issues of concern to Arab Americans, detailed descriptions of key races in your state, and important candidate information.

November elections will be held for California’s Governor, each seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as state legislature. Our Yalla Vote Guide covers the first two.

In the gubernatorial race, three term incumbent Jerry Brown (D) faces a challenge from Republican Neel Kashkari. Brown finished first...

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Garcetti: ‘My support of Israel is kind of an unshakable thing’ An interview with L.A.‘s mayor

Posted by on August 27, 2014 in News Clips

In late June, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his one-year anniversary in the job, local media outlets gave him only passing reviews.

The Los Angeles Times characterized his governance style thus far as “low-risk,” while the L.A. Daily News said his policies have been “free of drama.” He was also criticized by one UCLA professor in the L.A. Times for being more focused on day-to-day things such as infrastructure repairs and 311 wait times than on big-picture items like the city’s poorly performing public schools.

So it may have come as a surprise to mayoral observers when, on...

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Welcome to the Jungle

Posted on June 05, 2014 in Countdown
Let the pontificating begin. Some say that Arab countries have "warmed to President Obama." Others are saying Arabs have given the President a "negative 2014 report card." This can only mean one thing – a new Zogby Research Services poll is out. This week, ZRS released a comprehensive poll conducted in 7 Arab countries that looks at how Arabs view President Obama and U.S. policy in the region.
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