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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Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
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Make Sure You’re Counted - Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Checkbox

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Action Alerts

Last month, the US Census Bureau announced that it will be testing the MENA category for inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a vitally important measure to correct the problematic under count of our community. Now that the Census Bureau has officially announced it's plans to test the category over the course of 2015, the Bureau is soliciting public opinions on the MENA category's inclusion.

Please join our campaign to support the MENA category's inclusion on the 2020 Census by contacting the Federal Registrar now.

To read more about our efforts to include the MENA category on the 2020...

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These Candidates Are Courting the Muslim Vote

Posted by on October 15, 2014 in News Clips

There actually are a few places in America where pols court the Arab American vote. It’s nice, but it hasn’t translated into real power.

Typically news stories about American politicians and the Muslim community run along the lines of: “Republican Official Demonizes Muslims.”   For example, recently we were treated to Oklahoma Republican State representative John Bennett calling Muslim Americans a “cancer” that must be cut of America. 

And over the last few years we have seen Republican officials fan the flames of hate toward Muslims by championing anti-sharia legislation. Of course, even the proponents of these laws admitted there were...

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Michigan 2014 Election News: Week of October 1

Posted by on October 01, 2014 in Blog

Though incumbent Governor Rick Snyder received national recognition for his efforts to manage Detroit’s bankruptcy and to stabilize Michigan’s economy, his political future is uncertain. Democratic opponent Mark Schauer has run a more aggressive campaign than Snyder and Snyder’s approval ratings are nowhere near where they were in 2010. At a town hall meeting on Monday, Snyder called allegations that he downgraded education funding to give large businesses tax breaks “hogwash" and further rebuked Democrats who criticized his public school funding policies by stating that he increased overall education spending up to $1 billion since 2011. Watch Governor Rick...

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Michigan and Middle Eastern Refugees

Posted by on September 28, 2014 in News Clips

Michigan is the best candidate to accept Iraqi and Syrian refugees, not because of its railroads and factories, forests and rivers, or even because of its system of government, but because of Michiganders themselves. Of the many chapters of the American immigration success story, two of its finest – Polish immigration in the early 20th Century and Lebanese immigration half a century later – were written in Michigan. Michigan may yet write a third.

The situation is this: Iraqis and Syrians are fleeing in the tens of thousands, and Michigan is in need of people. Michigan accepting these refugees would...

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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Posted on September 25, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute joined thousands of other groups in registering voters across the country for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday and some big breaking news: our nation’s first African-American attorney general, Eric Holder, is stepping down and will leave his position after six years serving the president.
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Arab American Receives MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Blog

By Kristyn Acho Fall Intern, 2014

Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature was awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant last week.

Professor Mattawa is among a group of 21 scholars and artists who were named 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellows.

Mattawa writes his own poems, and he also translates contemporary Arabic poetry. He will receive a $625,000 stipend to continue his translations and to begin large projects.

In an interview with the MacArthur Foundation, Mattawa shared his translation of an excerpt from the poem “A...

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Yalla Vote 2014 Voter Guides

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Arab American Institute




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Dearborn Awarded Second Place in a Race to the Bottom

Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Blog

By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014

The indiscriminate finger-pointing and senseless name-calling traditionally reserved for elementary school playgrounds is apparently lent a certain credibility in Washington—the kind that allows government agencies to designate terror suspects without regard for concrete facts or irrefutable evidence.

The details of classified government documents revealing the scope of the United States’ Terrorist Screening Database were brought to light in an article published by the Intercept just last week. Reports suggest that a striking 680,000 people have garnered a spot on the watchlist of supposed terrorists as part...

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