Countdown Vol. 13 No. 34: Much Work Left To Be Done

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: We're back with updates from our National Leadership Conference and more
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#Yalla2016 Day 2: The Foreign Policy Issues We Must Elevate

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 28, 2015 in Blog

On the second day of its National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab American Institute brought together three foreign policy experts to discuss an assortment of pertinent foreign policy issues. John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and the Zogby Companies, Steve Clemons, Washington editor at-large for the Atlantic, and Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Task Force at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, spoke to participants about the Israel-Palestine Conflict, the Syrian Civil War and the current status of U.S. standing in the...

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Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees & Immigrants, Anne Richard, Discusses Syrian Refugee Policy at #Yalla2016

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

Anne C. Richard joined AAI’s National Leadership Conference to deliver a luncheon keynote address regarding the Obama administration’s actions regarding the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Ms. Richard covered both humanitarian aid policies and resettlement efforts in her remarks, which you can watch in full below.

Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency that helps...

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The Political Discussion Around Refugees: #Yalla2016 Day 1 Luncheon

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

In continuing the discussion on Syrian refugees, AAI hosted a luncheon discussion featuring representatives from the State of Michigan’s government, local Michigan non profit organizations, and national organizations all working to resettle Syrian refugees in Michigan communities.

Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, Maya Berry, began the panel by introducing Lavinia Limon of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Migrants who offered a historical context of refugees coming into the U.S. In the 1980s, the U.S. was welcoming upwards of 370,000 refugees a year so a pledge of 10,000...

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#Yalla2016 Day 1: The Magnitude of the Crisis and Why the U.S. Must Respond

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

The first day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016, was devoted to examining U.S. policy on the Syrian refugee crisis and considering ways to push Congress and the Obama administration to do more to help refugees. We were proud to have the whole day of programming co-sponsored by 15 national, international, and Syrian-American organizations, many of whom are leading the difficult work of providing services to refugees on the ground in camps and urban areas. On a panel titled, “The Magnitude of the Crisis” three of our co-sponsoring organizations joined a discussion that painted a clear, desperate picture about...

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#Yalla2016 Day 1: The U.S. Looks at the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 26, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute kicked off its National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan with a day of programming that underscored the need for the United States to resettle more Syrian refugees and do more to alleviate the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and across the Middle East.

The program started with a video message from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) about his work on policies impacting Syrian refugees, which was played for the conference attendees to...

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The Debate We Have, the Debate We Need

Posted on October 19, 2015 in Washington Watch
Since the end of the Vietnam War, every US president has been consumed with and defined by events in the Middle East.
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Pennsylvania Leaders Take a Stand Against Bigotry at Arab American Advocacy Day

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 14, 2015 in Blog

On September 30th, AAI and the Philadelphia Arab American Development Corporation convened at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA for an Arab American Advocacy Day. The day of advocacy focused on a campaign spearheaded by AAI: the Pennsylvania Accountability Project, as well as other community issues, including the Syrian refugee crisis and increasing the Arab American vote by having Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration page translated into Arabic. This initiative aims to fight anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry at the state and local levels of government in Pennsylvania. Two AAI staff members...

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Responding to the Challenge of Russia in Syria

Posted on October 10, 2015 in Washington Watch
No one should have been surprised that Russia committed their military to the task of saving their ally in Syria from defeat.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 33: Tough Week

Posted on October 08, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Responding to mass shootings, back to the Palestinians, Russia in Syria, voting rights in AL, and more
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