Posted on May 15, 2018 in Calendar
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We invite you to join the Arab American Institute on Thursday, June 7th at 8:00 pm for our annual Arab American Generations Iftar!
Join us as we break our fasts, catch up with old friends, and help raise money for Basmeh & Zeitooneh, an NGO in Lebanon that supports Palestinian and Syrian refugees. In addition to providing essential relief and assistance, they support children and adolescents through art therapy programs, provide adults with vocational training, and run workshops to help economically empower women and build networks of psychosocial support. You can learn more about the critical work of Basmeh & Zeitooneh by visiting their website.
As this is one of our most popular events, you must RSVP in order to attend. Space is limited and fills up fast! Colleagues and friends are welcome, but you must RSVP for them as well.
Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog
By Mona Ahmed
“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...Read more
Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog
As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...Read more
Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog
Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine. To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...Read more
Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...Read more
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on May 11, 2016 in Blog
Growing up as an Arab American in South Florida, my parents focused on ensuring an awareness of how blessed we were. The values of community service and giving back to my community were instilled at a young age. My mother always taught my sister and I that giving back to those in need comes first because in reality we had all that we needed. My mother also taught us that whatever good we do and whatever vibes we put out into the world, are returned tenfold. These values of giving back and...Read more
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on April 21, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is happy to announce the 2016 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to four phenomenal Arab American students; Catherine Kilada, Omar Mansour, Tamara Matar and Nour Sulaiman. For the past 17 years, AAIF has been awarding exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made...Read more
Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 21, 2016 in Blog
For the Arab American Generations program, AAI arranged a gathering and discussion with journalist Hannah Allam of McClatchy Newspapers. Over 50 attendees gathered at our office in Washington, DC, where they networked and enjoyed some great Arabic food like falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabbouleh. Our Executive Director, Maya Berry kicked off the discussion with engaging questions to Ms. Allam who shared stories on her dream job growing up (which just so happens to be the same one she has now), memories of her role model, the late Anthony Shadid,...Read more
Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 02, 2016 in Blog
The AAI spring interns visited Al Jazeera English’s studios in Washington, DC. While there, the interns watched a live taping of their online show, “The Stream.” Interns got the opportunity to see what goes into producing a live web show and witnessed the many people and different moving parts it takes to make the show run smoothly. It was extremely interesting gaining insight into this, especially since none of the interns had ever seen “behind the scenes” of television production. Interns also got to meet some AAI Alumni currently working at...Read more