2016 Election News Roundup: Week of September 21st

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 25, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

It’s National Voter Registration Day – but Where are the Young Voters?

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 24th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on August 28, 2015 in Blog
In this week's Yalla Vote election news roundup: expanded voting rights in California, races to watch in New York, decommissioned voting machines in Virginia, and all the drama around DNC and RNC debates.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 3rd

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on August 07, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at#YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state.

Illinois Senate Race Is One to Watch

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is up for reelection next November and the race is an important one in the much-hyped Democratic...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 24th

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2015 in Blog
Swing State Gerrymandering Loses in Florida, Elsewhere Illinois Is the First State to Sign Anti-BDS Bill into Law Virginia Voter Registration Changes Seek to Simply Form Grayson Heats Up Democrat’s Senate Primary in Florida
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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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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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