Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Blog
The Arab American Institute (AAI) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) have adopted a logo for National Voter Registration Day on September 25. The Logo, designed by Nabil Ahmed Khatri, a high school student from Queens, New York with his own graphic design business, will be worn by thousands of Arab American volunteers across a number of states participating in efforts to register voters for the upcoming November elections. AAI and NNAAC are mobilizing the community by hosting a number of election-related events including town halls, GOTV efforts, and a virtual phone banking system targeting eleven key states...Read more
Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Blog
Marylanders will vote on proposed new Congressional districts in November. But Attorney General David Paulson confirmed today that, even if voters reject the new districts, they’ll stay in place through 2014. Paulson said “When it comes to this issue, we are in uncharted territory.”
If the redistricting referendum is struck down on November 6, Governor O’Malley will be required to submit a new plan to the General Assembly by January 31, 2013. But those elected in Maryland’s 2012 election will remain in Congress until the midterm elections.
Getting Out the Vote…Just Maybe Not in Maryland Party officials...Read more
Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog
The 2012 elections are heating up, and AAI has been working to keep you informed of key election developments in your state and nationwide. Now, we need your help to ensure that the Arab American community has a voice in the lead up to November.
Join AAI and NNAAC in mobilizing Arab Americans across the country to meet with their representatives in the home district office during our Week of Action from August 13-17. Building and sustaining a relationship with your elected official is one of the most important ways to effectively advocate on your issues. Our...Read more
Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Blog
In the wake of President Obama’s recent immigration decision, Maryland voters will have their own chance to decide on their state’s DREAM Act. The Maryland version of the immigration bill would provide in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants who could prove that they had attended Maryland high schools for at least three years and that their parents had filed taxes. The Maryland legislature passed the bill in April 2011, but opponents have been fighting it ever since.
Last July, the Maryland DREAM Act’s challengers achieved a key victory by gathering enough signatures to suspend the...Read more
Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Blog
By Dalal Hillou
2012 Spring Intern
More than 8,000 Arab Americans live in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1999, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan first declared April to be "Arab-American Heritage Month." Montgomery College celebrates this occasion with a dynamic calendar of events throughout the month of April every year. There will be a wide array of events throughout the month celebrating the diversity of the Arab culture. One such event will be taking place in the city of Gaithersburg on April 23. The city’s Multicultural Affairs Committee will be presenting “Caring...Read more
Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Blog
Rachel Audi is the Republican candidate running for Maryland’s 47th district seat for the House of Delegates. Audi always embraces the inevitable questions about her last name with a laugh, saying, “People always ask about my name. People ask if I’m German or if I have an Audi car.” The answer to both is no. Audi is a proud American of Arab descent and she announced her candidacy in July to represent Prince George’s County just a month before her father, Norman Audi, passed away of cancer. Audi affectionately discussed how her father exhibited unwavering support for...Read more