Posted on February 19, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.
A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color
By Eve Soliman
Winter Intern, 2015
The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the...Read more
Posted on December 15, 2014 in Arab American Institute
Zogby Research Services conducted a November 2014 poll for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, an annual event cohosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, "Today's Middle East: Pressures & Challenges," surveyed eight Middle East and North African countries on the emergence of ISIS, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth of sectarianism, the future of Syria and Iraq, Iran's nuclear program, and more. While the poll confirms many prevailing assumptions about regional outlooks, it reveals some surprising shifts in public opinion. A key finding is that despite deep regional...Read more
Posted by on December 09, 2014 in Blog
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Posted on July 25, 2014 in Arab American Institute
Conducted on June 27-29, 2014, American Attitudes Toward Arabs and Muslims, provides a critical update on the Arab American Institute's polling in 2010 and 2012 tracking identical issues. Taken in context, the 2014 poll indicates a persistent trend of increasingly negative attitudes by Americans towards the Arab and Muslim communities.
Zogby Analytics conducted an online survey of 1,110 likely voters in the United States between 6/27/14 and 6/29/14. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1110 is +/- 3.0 percentage points.
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The poll will be released publically...Read more
Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Blog
Edward Said, a Palestinian American literary theorist and leading public intellectual, was born in 1935 in Jerusalem. He spent his childhood living between two worlds: Jerusalem and Cairo, and spent his summers visiting his mother’s family in Lebanon.
The Said family was granted citizenship in the United States in recognition of Mr. Said’s military service for the US Army during World War I. After moving to the United States in 1951, Edward attended high school in Massachusetts. Edward excelled academically and musically, and graduated at the top of his class....Read more
Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog
In light of his recent passing, we want to take this time to share how exceptional and dear Casey Kasem was to the heart of the Arab American community. Best known for his radio countdown show American Top 40, disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 to Lebanese immigrants.
More than an entertainer, AAI President James Zogby reflects, “Casey is more than the most recognized voice of his generation, what he said mattered. He inspired us to be positive, to strive for...Read more
Posted by on June 05, 2014 in Blog
In celebration of the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI will highlight outstanding Arab American immigrants and their descendants who have had an indelible impact on the vibrancy of our nation. From creating the first artificial heart to sending the first shuttle into space, the Arab American community has been an important part of American growth and success. The portraits of Arab Americans shared here will remind us that the United States is a nation defined by our diversity and the contributions of countless immigrants from all over the world.
Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog
Today marks the beginning of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to share people’s stories of immigration in America. Our community, like many others, is proud of our ethnic heritage and together we can highlight narratives of Arab Americans who have contributed so much to so many aspects of America.
Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), an initiative spearheaded by Welcome.us, is an important platform to join many other immigrant communities to underscore how our country’s heritage is built on the diversity and contributions of immigrants. Our combined, coordinated voices can be a...Read more
Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog
By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013
Four participants of the inaugural class of Shafik Gabr Fellows sat down with HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the prestigious program and their misconceptions and newfound realizations about the United States and Egypt. The fellowship incorporates discussion sessions, action projects and trips to Egypt and the United States. Back in June, the 10 American fellows visited Egypt, all for the first time.
“I never knew the depth of Egyptian history and how much contribution they made to the world. In the discussions with my friends, [we saw the desire] to...Read more