Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog
In all likelihood, comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t stand a chance of passing through House this summer. Despite the growing, bi-partisan consensus that Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary upset had little to do with his support of limited immigration reform, Republicans and Democrats alike are shying away from addressing even the smallest reforms that can help alleviate suffering felt by many immigrant groups.
On Wednesday, AAI hosted a Congressional briefing with panelists from a broad spectrum of ethnic groups which are directly impacted by the US’s failing immigration system. Experts included: AAI President Jim Zogby,...Read more
Posted on June 11, 2014 in Countdown
Posted on June 04, 2014 in Arab American Institute
Making Iraqi American Voices Heard
The current situation in Iraq undoubtedly impacts members of our community here in the United States. Take a look at this viewpoint from Iraqi American Majid al-Bahadli in the New York Times.
If you are an Iraqi American who is interested in talking to the press, please provide us with a short one-line bio, your current city and state, and a brief response (150-200 words) to this:
“How should the United States respond to the current crisis in Iraq?”
AAI will post responses on our website...Read more
Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog
Today marks the beginning of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to share people’s stories of immigration in America. Our community, like many others, is proud of our ethnic heritage and together we can highlight narratives of Arab Americans who have contributed so much to so many aspects of America.
Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), an initiative spearheaded by Welcome.us, is an important platform to join many other immigrant communities to underscore how our country’s heritage is built on the diversity and contributions of immigrants. Our combined, coordinated voices can be a...Read more
Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog
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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Blog
Nahla Kayali has an incredible story. A first generation Palestinian immigrant who came to the U.S. from Syria, she first came to the U.S. when she was 16 shortly after getting married. Today, Nahla has earned herself a prestigious recognition from the White House as one of the Cesar E. Chavez “Champions of Change.”
Nahla jokes about having learned English while watching American soap operas, but she learned the language well enough to teach it to other immigrants, and community service soon became her life passion. She founded...Read more
Posted by on February 13, 2014 in Blog
If elected in November, Seattle attorney and community leader Damon Shadid will become the first Arab American to serve as Seattle Municipal Court Judge. The brother of late Arab American and Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Anthony Shadid, Damon Shadid is proud of his Lebanese heritage and touts how his background has shaped his passion for serving poor and under privileged communities on his campaign website. It was Anthony’s sacrifice and courage, as well as Damon’s own commitment to bridging the gap between the judicial system and Seattle’s diverse community that have inspired him to pursue a position...Read more