AAI Launches #YallaVote Hotline for Election

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 24, 2016 in Blog
We at the Arab American Institute are doing our part to ensure that Arab Americans are registered, organized, informed and ready to cast their ballots on November 8th (or before in states with Early Voting). The 2016 Election being the first Presidential Election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, many states have changed their voting requirements - in some cases suppressing and disenfranchising voters. To make sure our community’s voice is heard, AAI is launching a #YallaVote Hotline, 1-844-418-1682, to respond to community questions and concerns.
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#YallaVote Watch Parties Take on Presidential Debates

Posted by Guest on October 20, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar

Mahamad Omar is a Fall 2016 Intern with the Arab American Institute.

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Tony Khoury Provides an Independent Voice for Florida

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 17, 2016 in Blog

  Arab American businessman Tony Khoury does not fit into a traditional box. Khoury is progressive on the environment, tax reform, and women’s reproductive and LGBTQ rights. At the same time, he holds conservative values when it comes to military strength and foreign policy. Khoury is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent in Florida against Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio, and Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, as well as four other third party candidates. After living in Florida for more than three decades, he is proud to represent...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Ismael Ahmed was Born to Serve

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

“I really believe that public education is the way forward for Michigan’s working people. If activists are going to concentrate energy somewhere, why not education? That’s where I want to put my energy, in public education, to make sure our children and youth have meaningful opportunities in the future,” Ismael “Ish” Ahmed said. Ahmed is a prominent Arab American activist in the metro Detroit area and a candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education. Looking at his past advocacy, time teaching, raising five children with his wife,...

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The Origin of the #YallaVote Campaign's Ammu Sam

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 07, 2016 in Blog

Growing up in the shadow of 9/11 was not easy, especially as a young Arab American and an American Muslim. Popular culture, the news media and the like all told me that my existence as an Arab American was a discrepancy, an oxymoron. How could I be an Arab and an American? An American and a Muslim? These questions often dizzied my young head as a I struggled to understand what it means to be an American of non-European descent. As I began my digital media work with...

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Yalla Vote's 2016 Voter Guides are Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 05, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute’s 2016 state voter guides cover the basic rules of the upcoming election on November 8th specifically for the 12 states with the highest concentrations of Arab American voters. You’ll find information on registration deadlines, absentee voting, early voting, voter ID requirements, campaigning around the polls and information on poll watching. We’ve also included key demographic information for your state as well as the names of candidates seeking federal office. We hope you find this guide useful as you prepare for Election Day! Yalla Vote!
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First Presidential Debate: Our post-debate thoughts

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Yesterday we shared information on what the candidates have said about issues we expected to arise during the first presidential debate – and many of the topics were in fact discussed over the course of the 95 minute debate. That includes the government’s use of watch lists, profiling, surveillance, and domestic countering violent extremism programs. We’ve provided a brief snap shot of some of the candidates’ statements from the first debate and how AAI views the issues.   Civil Rights and Profiling: Hillary Clinton:  “Lester, I think implicit...

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2016 Arab American Candidate: Matt Heinz for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Hi, I'm Matt Heinz - an attending physician, a former state legislator, and a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about me here: http://www.heinzforarizona.com/

What are you on the ballot for?

To represent Arizona's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What is your ethnicity? 

My grandfather is from the village of Dhour El Choueir in Northern Lebanon. 

What's your immigration story?

My grandfather came over...

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First Presidential Debate: What You Need to Know

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 26, 2016 in Blog

Tonight is the first of the three presidential debates ahead of November 8th. Moderated by Lester Holt of NBC, the debate is expected to be cover three topic areas: America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America.  We have heard a lot from the 2016 candidates already, and have been tracking their policy positions and public statements on AAI’s Election Central Candidate Profiles. Below is a snap shot of what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already said regarding the issues we expect to arise during tonight’s debate.  Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Hillary Clinton:  "I am...

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Washington Watch: Stymied (and Appalled)

Posted on September 22, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby I am stymied. I've been writing this column each and every week for almost 24 years now. Since it appears in papers across the Arab World, I've attempted to explain American politics and policy to Arab readers.         

Most weeks, the columns practically write themselves. This week is different with the news dominated by events that almost defy explanation. In the first place, there's Donald Trump leading or tied in a number of national polls. Added to this, Congress overwhelming passed legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi...

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