Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Blog
With just 15 days until Election Day, Arab Americans are organizing GOTV efforts across the country. In Virginia, Arab Americans organized their 22nd annual candidates’ night on October 10. The event, a tradition in northern Virginia, was well attended by community members, elected officials and candidates alike. On the agenda were a combination of foreign and domestic policy concerns and our own Yalla Vote voter engagement project. Voice of America featured a nice report on the evening on their website.Read more
Posted by on October 05, 2010 in Blog
Congressman Nick Rahall, an Arab American Democrat, has served West Virginia's 3rd District with distinction for 34 years. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Nick has been fighting for jobs, mine safety, energy independence, ending war in the Middle East and caring for Americans veterans.
It should not be surprising that in a nasty election year, he is under attack. What is disturbing, however, is that the line of attack has focused on Nick's national leadership role in the Arab American community.
Listen to this ad (video below) being run on West Virginia television by the West Virginia...Read more
Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Blog
A local television station did a report highlighting the state's gubernatorial candidates reaching out to Arab American voters. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry is running for reelection to a third term, and his Democratic challenger is Bill White, the former Mayor of Houston. Both candidates appeared before 615 community members at the Arab American Voters Candidate Night last night in Houston, TX.
Arab Americans are hosting Candidate Nights all over the country - Virginia Arab Americans will hear from their candidates on October 10th, with Chicago hosting local candidates on October 14th. Groups in Los Angeles will soon...Read more
Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Blog
Read on for AAI’s summary of Arab American candidates and their primary election results in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland. For more election results, check out Washington Post’s Winners and Losers of the September 14th primary or listen to the Diane Rehm Show to hear Donna Brazile, David Keene, and Amy Walter discuss the primary results and what it means. New Hampshire
John Stephen won the GOP nomination for governor, beating out 3 other candidates with 62% of the vote. Rich Ashooh (R) came in a very close second for...Read more
Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips
Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.
There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.
And yet, contrary to the coastal...Read more Original Article
Posted on August 17, 2010 in Campaign Statements
[discussing Park 51] "Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington."
Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Blog
On July 13, we updated you on the new campaign launched by the Emergency Committee for Israel targeting Democratic candidates deemed not pro-Israeli enough. Their first target was Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Representative Joe Sestak and they began airing attack ads against him in local media markets. The Sestak campaign went directly to Comcast to try to prevent the ad from airing and made an interesting claim in the process. Also Coming to Sestak's defense was J Street who developed their own 30-second spot. It may only be July but it sure feels a lot like November.Read more
Posted on July 21, 2010 in Campaign Statements
“[People] don’t understand that "Cordoba House" is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex. Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to"symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.”
Posted on July 19, 2010 in Washington Watch
White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs, caused a bit of a stir last week when, in an appearance on Meet the Press, he suggested that Democrats might lose control of the House of Representatives in November. To be fair, Gibbs was merely saying what has become accepted as conventional wisdom in Washington. Nevertheless, his comments concerned many Democratic Members of Congress who feared the remarks might serve to depress Democratic voters while emboldening Republicans.
Democratic leaders were also upset feeling that after making tough votes supporting the White House’s agenda—a stimulus package, a “cap and trade” energy bill, health...Read more
Posted by on July 02, 2010 in Blog
Working the graveyard shift as a medical professional can be an extremely taxing experience. How about negotiating that with the demands of a daytime job as well? Arab American Arizona State Representative Matt Heinz does just that—legislator by day, doctor by night, Heinz serves his community in a multitude of ways. Born in Michigan, Heinz is half Lebanese and half German. His grandfather immigrated to Colorado, where his mother was born. Describing visits with his grandfather as a child, Heinz recalls his welcoming nature interspersed with occasional inappropriate remarks in Arabic. Heinz attended Albion College in Michigan...Read more