Arab Americans Rally Around Refugees

Posted by Shadi Matar on November 25, 2015 in Blog

Arab Americans around the country organized around the Syrian and Iraqi refugees this week as a wave of 30+ Governors and dozens of Mayors announced that they would not support refugees entering their states in cities. Although these elected officials have no legal authority to stop the refugees resettlement they can make it more difficult for them to secure state funding. 

California: Arab Americans in Southern California are standing up for refugees and welcoming them into their community. Rashad al-Dabbagh the co-founder of the Arab American Civic Council spoke on the positive impact that refugees have on communities....

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 38: Who Are We Worried About?

Posted on November 25, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Backlash from Paris impacts refugees, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is released, backdoor encryption is the new toy Congress wants, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back tracks on refugee assistance, France declares war on ISIL.
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of November 16

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 20, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters. Governor Snyder First in Wave of Anti Refugee Sentiments Governor Rick Snyder...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of November 9

Posted by Shadi Matar on November 13, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news from 12 states with the highest concentration of Arab Americans as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state.   Florida Supreme Court Redraws District Lines This week the Florida Supreme Court heard the last oral arguments that would decide the...

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4 Community Leaders in Dearborn Honored at AAI's National Leadership Conference

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 22, 2015 in Blog

Ismael Ahmed, Ali Baleed Almaklani, Joseph Borrajo, and Suzanne Sareini might not be names that you are entirely familiar with, but their stories and their dedication to organizing our community are a major reason behind the successes the Arab American community has had over the past 30 years. As part of AAI's National Leadership Conference, hosted a dinner gala to celebrate their sometimes overlooked work. Ismael Ahmed, who is now the Associate Provost at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, was a founding member of ACCESS in 1971, which under his...

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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

Over the course...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of August 31st

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on September 08, 2015 in Blog
This week on the Yalla Vote election news round up: problems with voting machines in Ohio, accusations of voter fraud in Texas, Michigan is luring 2016 hopefuls, and how to get involved with AAI and the 2016 elections!
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Michigan Governor Creates Middle East Commission

Posted by Shadi Matar on July 02, 2015 in Blog
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made his final appointments to the Middle-Eastern American Affairs Commission, which was created earlier this year. The 15-member commission will be tasked with advising the governor on issues relating to the Arab and Chaldean American population of Michigan. This commission replaces the Michigan Council on Arab and Chaldean Affairs, which was founded by executive order in 2013.
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Michigan

Posted on June 16, 2015 in States

Michigan Arab American Population

U.S. Census Estimated Arab American Population: 191,607Source: 2005-2009 American Community Survey Rolling 5-Year Average – U.S. Census Bureau

Michigan Demographic Sheet 

  Michigan Local Resources U.S. Attorneys Executive Legislative  Western District of Michigan Eastern District of Michigan

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Arab Americans Appointed to Important Michigan State Commission

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 15, 2015 in Blog

AAI congratulates its own National Policy Council Members Susan Dabaja and Fay Beydoun along with long time supporter Mariam Bazzi and all other new members, on their appointment to the Middle Eastern American Affairs Commission of Michigan state. Governor Rick Snyder announced their appointment last week. The 15-member Middle Eastern American Affairs Commission works within Michigan's Department of Civil Rights to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations to the governor and the department. This is a critical forum for Arab Americans in Michigan to work towards ending discrimination and spreading awareness.

### Gov. Rick Snyder makes...

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