AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 3

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 28, 2016 in Blog

It was a packed night last night. The Convention was bursting from the seams with Democrats eager to salute the Party's top elected officials - Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. We also got a first hand look at Hillary Clinton's pick for Vice President, Senator Tim Kaine. There's a lot to cover on all fronts, so here is your DNC Day 3 dispatch: Arab Americans at the Convention In addition to throwing a pretty spectacular party on Tuesday night, we're here at the DNC convention to educate delegates and inform...

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 2

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 27, 2016 in Blog

What's done is done and our 2016 presidential race officially has nominees from the two major US political parties! In a history-making moment, the Democratic Party has nominated it's first female candidate for President last night. Here's your DNC Day 2 Daily Dispatch! Arab Americans at the Convention Our block party - Ahlan Wa Sahlan Philly! - was a huge success! We had music, dabke, food, hookah, some stand up comedy, and a ton of fun saluting the nominee! Check out some early pictures and stay tune for our wrap up of...

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AAI Daily Dispatch: DNC Day 1

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 26, 2016 in Blog

Ahlan wa sahlan Philadelphia! Your slightly rested and ready to go AAI staff arrived in Philadelphia to continue our coverage of the 2016 nominating conventions and to highlight the role Arab Americans are playing this election cycle. Keeping on theme with the Republican convention, Day 1 of #DemsInPhilly was punctuated by drama. However, there Democrats seemed to come through the other end of it by the end of the night thanks to many powerful speeches. Here's your Day 1 Dispatch. Arab Americans at the Democratic Convention AAI President Dr. James Zogby spoke at a panel,...

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Dr. Jim Zogby on "Progressives for Palestine" Panel Shares Key History on the Issue

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 26, 2016 in Blog
Before the 2016 Democratic National Convention officially kicked off, AAI President Jim Zogby shared a powerful and personal story of how the Democratic Party has shifted its approach to the issue of Palestine over the past three decades. From the days of Jim's work on the 1988 Jesse Jackson campaign - when Palestinian self determination was first introduced to the Platform, and when Dr. Zogby was told he would destroy the Democratic Party by introducing the language - to 2016, when the Party adopted language calling for two states for two people and acknowledging the rights of Palestinians, the Party has moved forward. Jim, however, stressed that there is a long way to go and the 2016 language was far from perfect, especially on Jerusalem and BDS. He further lamented the fact that there is a new, illogical resistance to calling what is happening an occupation. He said, "We [the Sanders appointees] wanted to strike the BDS line out, we wanted to strike a line on Jerusalem out. I thought that would be the fight. I had no idea the fight would be over occupation and settlements."
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Palestine Lives at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Posted on July 26, 2016 in Arab Americans at the 2016 Conventions!

Here's a running list of tweets, pictures, and news coverage of Palestine supporters at the 2016 Democratic National Convention! Let us know if we missed something! #PalestineLives flag up again #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/MEYvqqpIQM — Arab American Inst. (@AAIUSA) July 25, 2016

  The dope @hasanminhaj is #progressiveforpalestine @TheDailyShow #DemsInPhilly #DNCinPHL pic.twitter.com/ACm5OTrolQ — Tamar G. (@tamarghabin) July 25, 2016 Charles Lenchner a NY delegate, dual Israel citizen supports Palestine at #DNCinPHL was first jailed IDF...


INTERVIEW: Arab American Democrat Fay Beydoun

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 26, 2016 in Blog
Fay Beydoun is the Vice President of the Michigan State Democratic Party. Ms. Beydoun is the Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce based in Dearborn, Michigan and the CEO of Tejara Global Business Development Center. Fay supported Secretary Hillary Clinton in the primary.
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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 4

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 22, 2016 in Blog

That's a wrap here in Cleveland, but before we head out for Philadelphia (no rest for the weary or the AAI staff), here's a quick rundown of what happened when Donald Trump accepted the 2016 Republican nomination.

Arab Americans at the Convention Read a great feature on AAI's RNC comedy show by the Daily Dot. In Case You Missed it: Michael Faddoul shares his perspective as a local Clevelander Randa Fahmy Hudome gives us her take on the 2016 convention

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 3

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 21, 2016 in Blog

The intensity really picked up on Day 3 as the estimated 50,000 convention-goers anticipated a night packed with speakers. Here’s your Day 3 dispatch.

Arab Americans at the Convention Arab American Comedy Counters Bigotry at Trump's RNC Convention On prime time TV, Eric Trump mentioned his charitable support of St. Jude's Research Hospital, which we hope you know was founded by Arab American Danny Thomas! Read all about it here. Donald Trump Jr. meets Arab American Ramy Youseff and learns about #YallaVote...

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Arab American Comedy Counters Bigotry at Trump's RNC Convention

Posted by Jennifer Salan on July 20, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans pushed back against talk of "bans" on Arab Americans and American Muslims, "patrols" for so-called "Muslim neighborhoods" and religious litmus tests on Tuesday, July 19, at a packed comedy show for delegates, attendees and community members during the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

While the Arab American Institute Foundation normally does programming around the RNC and DNC presidential nominating conventions aimed at raising awareness around issues of concern, this election cycle created a special challenge. One that AAIF chose to meet with humor.

“BANNED:...

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 2

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 20, 2016 in Blog

We were back at it yesterday on the busy streets of downtown Cleveland. Following a controversy-filled first day, we focused on elevating the issues that we care about most with some much needed laughter, and we kept our eyes on the policy from the Convention podium. Here's what we think was of note on Day 2! 

Arab Americans at the Republican Convention Randa Fahmy, an Arab American Republican, is interviewed at the GOP Convention. We hosted our policy forum in the form of a comedy show. Designed...

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