Khalil & Da Mayor!

Posted by Makeda Saggau-Sackey on April 24, 2010 in News Clips

The awards honor those who enhance the lives of Arab Americans and promote peaceful coexistence in all walks of life. We snapped Syrian Ambassador Imad Moustapha with his wife Rafif Elsayed.

Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley received the Award for Individual Achievement for convening the first US-Arab Cities Forum with Chicago’s sister cities. (Plus after showing Rahm yesterday, it's an equal time thing.) Hizzoner is with Randa Fahmy Hudome, who runs an eponymous government relations firm.

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Your privacy is assured

Posted by AAI- Helen Samhan on March 31, 2010 in News Clips

As census forms arrive in households across the country, arguments are surfacing that aim to frighten people — in South Florida and throughout the nation — from participating. They must be corrected. The consequences of avoiding the census are real, because an undercount costs those areas millions of dollars in lost federal assistance that is tied to population totals.

One fear is that individual census responses will not be kept safe. Every Census Bureau employee has taken a lifelong oath to protect the confidentiality of census responses. Any employee who reveals any personal census information is subject to...

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Census to Count Arabs as White, Despite Write-In Campaign

Posted by Suzanne Manneh on March 25, 2010 in News Clips

The Census Bureau says it doesn’t matter if Arab Americans write their race in on their Census questionnaire. Even if they check the “other” box and write in “Arab,” as many community groups advocate, the Census will still count them as racially white. “Anyone from Europe, North Africa or the Middle East [will be classified] as white,” said Roberto Ramirez, chief of the ethnicity and ancestry branch at the Census Bureau. Ramirez said that will be the case no matter how many people write in “Arab,” because the Census Bureau is required by law to...

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Census 2010 Seeks Partnerships with Arab American Organizations

Posted by Arab Detroit on March 22, 2010 in News Clips

Arab American Institute’s Helen Samhan shares the benefits of partnering with the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census outreach efforts. The Census Bureau seeks over 100,000 partnerships for the 2010 Census with organizations, religious institutions, businesses, schools, etc. to increase the reach of the Census, especially in small hard-to-reach communities.

The Arab American Institute (AAI), the lead organization representing Arab Americans’ policy and community interests, was founded in 1985 by James Zogby. Samhan is the Executive Director of AAI and has been working alongside the Census team to encourage Arab American participation in the Census for the past...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Helen Samhan, MJ Rosenberg, Rob Sobhani

Posted on March 19, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: March 18, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby, Helen SamhanExecutive Director, Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF); MJ Rosenberg, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow at Media Matters Action Network
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2010 Census PSAs

Posted on March 17, 2010 in Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute (AAI) launched on February 25th a nationwide Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to promote the 2010 Census 2010 in the Arab American media in advance of Census Day on April 1, 2010.

The PSA campaign includes a 30-second television spot, a 60-second radio spot, and a print ad—each available in Arabic and English. The Ad campaign was endorsed by 19 organizations representing tens of thousands of Arab Americans across the country. to produce a census media campaign that is specific to our community and utilizes trusted Arab American leaders to spread the message...

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Census 2010 Public Service Announcements

Posted on March 13, 2010 in Arab American Institute

The Arab American Institute (AAI) launched on February 25th a nationwide Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to promote the 2010 Census 2010 in the Arab American media in advance of Census Day on April 1, 2010.

The PSA campaign includes a 30-second television spot, a 60-second radio spot, and a print ad—each available in Arabic and English. The Ad campaign was endorsed by 19 organizations representing tens of thousands of Arab Americans across the country. to produce a census media campaign that is specific to our community and utilizes trusted Arab American leaders to spread...

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Helen Samhan on Detroit Today (NPR audio file)

Posted by NPR on October 01, 2009 in News Clips

AAI Executive Director Helen Samhan discusses the 2010 Census in an interview with Detroit Today WDET 101.9.

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Take Your Census Form and Fill It

Posted by Rashad Al-Dabbagh on September 01, 2009 in News Clips

The hilarious yet misguided article titled “Take Your Census Form and Shove It” by Ray Hanania, which has recently been circulated online and published in some Arab American publications, including The Independent Monitor, shouldn’t discourage our community from participating in the 2010 Census.

Yes, Arabs still don’t have our own box, and continue to fill in the blank next to the “Some Other Race” box that we check every decennial, but avoiding the Census is like demanding a change in U.S. foreign policy under the condition of opting out of voting, lobbying and campaign contributions.

Let’s face...

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2010 Census data will affect your voice; some call it discrimination

Posted by Zeyad Maasarani on August 12, 2009 in News Clips

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — The United States Census has raised uproar in minority communities around the country, particularly amongst Arab-Americans.

"Don’t sit back quietly and accept this!" Ray Hanania, an Arab-American radio personality from Chicago, told IFN. "As a community, we should be screaming discrimination at the top of our lungs and demand our share!"

A comedian and a journalist, Hanania is very vocal about his grievance with the upcoming Census, and thinks Arabs should opt out from filling out next year’s questionnaire.

The 2010 Census, which will define the nation’s demographic landscape...

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