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.

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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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INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Randa Fahmy on Attending the Trump Convention

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on July 20, 2016 in Blog

Randa Fahmy is an Arab American Republican attending the 2016 Convention. Ms. Fahmy owns and operates a government relations and strategic consulting firm specializing in international issues and the energy sector. Ms. Fahmy supported Governor Chris Christie in the primary.  

Q: Describe your history with the Republican Party?

I’ve been with the party since I could vote at 18. I cut my teeth with Ronald Reagan during the Reagan campaign and have worked on many presidential, senate, and congressional campaigns throughout the years. I was a political appointee and...

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AAI's Daily Dispatch: RNC Day 1

Posted by Arab American Institute on July 19, 2016 in Blog

Beyond the dramatic headlines, Day 1 of Trump's Convention in Cleveland got off to a raucous start. Your friendly AAI staff was on the ground to bring you the latest on what this means for the policies we care about, the Party many in our community are a part of, and the sideshows which warrant their own coverage. Here's your Day 1 Dispatch.

Arab Americans at the RNC Convention INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Sam LaHood on Attending the Trump Convention An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome...

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An Arab American Clevelander Offers a Warm Welcome to the RNC

Posted by Hannah Locop on July 19, 2016 in Blog

The Republican National Convention is officially underway in Cleveland, Ohio this week. People from across the country will be pouring into the city for the festivities, and Clevelanders are their welcoming party -- Arab Americans included. Recently, AAI interviewed Michael Faddoul, a local Arab American, small-business owner, and Cleveland Cavaliers fan to get his thoughts on the election and how the RNC impacts his community.  

Michael Faddoul is a proud first-generation Lebanese American and Cleveland resident. He is also an ardent basketball fan, describing...

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INTERVIEW: Arab American Republican Sam LaHood on Attending the Trump Convention

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on July 19, 2016 in Blog

Sam LaHood is an Arab American Republican attending the 2016 Convention. Mr. LaHood serves at the International Republican Institute as the Deputy Director of the Asia division. Mr. LaHood supported Marco Rubio in the primary; this interview reflects his personal views and not that of his employer.

Q: What has been your history with the Republican Party?

I was a full time staff for Senator John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008 and had worked as a volunteer in almost every election cycle before then.  In this...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 18: A Rally Cry

Posted on June 17, 2016 in Countdown
AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Washington Watch: Dump Trump

Posted on June 11, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Recent Trump outrages have thrown the GOP establishment into a tizzy. Reactions have been varied, ranging from a few brave souls who have denounced their nominee's bigotry to those who continue to hope against hope that Trump will begin to behave more "presidential". Ignored in all of this are two important realities: Trump is Trump; and his message and movement are the handiwork of the very establishment that is now rejecting their creations. Trump's xenophobic, male chauvinist, and bigoted bullying campaign rhetoric is not an act. It is who he is and it...

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