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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Posted on June 17, 2016 in Countdown
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...Read more
Posted on June 08, 2016 in Election Central
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Dr. Jill Stein is a Massachusetts physician running as the Green Party candidate for President in 2016. This is her second time representing the party, as she also did so in 2012. Stein has been active in local government, and she previously ran for Massachusetts State Representative in 2004 and Secretary...
Posted by Joan Hanna on June 07, 2016 in Blog
Voting is a privilege. Having a voice in how your country is run should not be taken for granted because, in some countries, citizens do not have that right. Yet, some say their one vote will not matter. Some say they do not vote because the system is rigged. Some say they are too busy to do the research required to be properly informed. If a person prescribes to any of those mindsets, do they also consent to having their voice, their...Read more