Michigan's 2017 Arab American Primary Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on July 28, 2017 in Blog

As Michigan prepares to head to the polls in a little over a week, AAI is excited to highlight Arab American candidates running for office in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. Local voters will be able to cast ballots for Mayor, the City Council and City Clerk. These local elections are vital because residents have the chance to create personal and professional relationships with their elected officials and discuss issues that most affect them. We’ve provided short biographical profiles on each of the 12 Arab Americans running for office in...

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It’s in his Genes: Bazzi Runs for Dearborn Heights City Council

Posted by Joan Hanna on July 24, 2017 in Blog

Bill Bazzi is a Marine Corps veteran, longtime Michigan resident and a candidate for Dearborn Heights City Council. He is hoping to serve his country again, but this time through public service: “I joined the military because I wanted to do something more. I wanted to serve my community and my country. It’s one of the reasons I am running for City Council. I want to give back and to honor my mother, who believes civic involvement is so important.” With a passion for giving back to his community and engineering,...

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Arab American Representative Leads a Policy Response to Rising Xenophobia

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....

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AAI Intern Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
AAI Intern Alum Nicole Khamis Awarded Fulbright
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From Sea to Shining Sea, Communities are Standing Against the Muslim Ban

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 09, 2017 in Blog

From California to New Jersey, and places in between, like Michigan, local governments are standing for immigrants and refugees.   Fahim Abedrabbo was elected in November to the Clifton, New Jersey Board of Education. (BOE) Because Clifton is a diverse, ethnically and religiously rich city, Abedrabbo wanted support the city’s children, regardless of immigration status so he introduced a resolution to that effect. “There has been a [U.S.] law protecting student identities and we as the BOE have an obligation to protect our kids, no matter...

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How Your Local City Can Oppose the Muslim Ban

Posted by Nadia N. Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog

There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Abdullah Hammoud Proves Age is Only a Number

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan's 15th District State Representative
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Meet Michigan's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia N. Aziz on October 12, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is pleased to introduce your Michigan Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Bayan Jaber. A student at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Bayan is looking forward to organizing the Arab American community in Michigan ahead of November 9th!
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Ismael Ahmed was Born to Serve

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

“I really believe that public education is the way forward for Michigan’s working people. If activists are going to concentrate energy somewhere, why not education? That’s where I want to put my energy, in public education, to make sure our children and youth have meaningful opportunities in the future,” Ismael “Ish” Ahmed said. Ahmed is a prominent Arab American activist in the metro Detroit area and a candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education. Looking at his past advocacy, time teaching, raising five children with his wife,...

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Together We Came: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Posted by Hind Omar on June 01, 2016 in Blog

The “whistleblower” of the Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician recognized as one of the community's key advocates. The daughter of Iraqi immigrants, who first settled in the UK and later moved to Michigan, Hanna-Attisha says her motivation for working with impoverished communities comes from her parents’ experience living through injustice in Iraq. Watching the struggles her parents faced when they first arrived in the U.S. also helped equip her for this work.  She has served as an assistant professor at Wayne State University and associate...

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