#Yalla2016 National Leadership Conference Press

Posted by Waseem Mardini on November 04, 2015 in Blog

Read on for press coverage of the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference, which was held October 23 - 25 in Dearborn, Michigan

The Arab American News

Arab American leaders, presidential candidates to hold conference in Dearborn

Detroit Free Press

Arab Americans to set political agenda in Dearborn talks

Detroit Free Press

Democrat O'Malley slams anti-Islam hate in Dearborn also via USA Today

Detroit News

Refugees share stories at Arab-American summit

The Arab American News

Presidential candidate O'Malley on refugees: We can...

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Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley Comes to UM-Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Journal on October 27, 2015 in News Clips


Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley visited the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Oct. 23.

O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, came to Dearborn to speak at the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote: 2016 Leadership Summit. 

This invitation was given to all of the presidential candidates; O’Malley was the only one to accept. 

“Our student government president (Bradley Pischea) and other university student organizations invited him to our campus after learning that he was scheduled to be in town,” said Ken Kettenbeil, vice chancellor of external affairs.

The Arab American Institute invited O’Malley to speak to...

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Presidential candidates court voters at Arab-American conference

Posted by Middle East Eye on October 26, 2015 in News Clips

DEARBORN, United States - Citing the Chapel Hill murders and other attacks against Arabs and Muslims, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday called on Arab Americans to increase their political participation as a defence against discrimination and profiling.

Sanders was one of four presidential hopefuls to address attendees of the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in an attempt to court the Arab vote.

In a video message, Vermont Senator Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, reiterated his position against economic and social inequality.

"In America today, we have a system that works really well for...

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Martin O'Malley touts foreign policy plan in Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Daily on October 24, 2015 in News Clips

By Samantha Witner

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, spoke on the University’s Dearborn campus Friday afternoon, highlighting elements of his vision for foreign policy related to the Middle East.

His speech was one event of the three-day Yalla Vote summit held by the Arab American Institute, a national nonprofit. The summit’s goal was to provide an opportunity for leaders of the Arab American community to engage with presidential candidates and politicians on international issues. Arab Americans make up about one third of the city’s population.

The AAI said all presidential candidates were invited to...

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Liberty City, Arab American Institute cite Facebook posts in call for Bailey to return donation

Posted by Newsworks on August 27, 2015 in News Clips

Both the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and the Arab American Institute issued statements on Wednesday calling on Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey to return a campaign contribution from a resident who posted online content they deemed homophobic and racist.

However, the donor in question, Andrew Terhune, told NinetyNine that his posts were nothing more than attempts to spark a debate among his Facebook friends, and that he's neither homophobic nor anti-Arab.

Bailey did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, but Joseph J. DeFelice, executive director of the Philadelphia Republican Party, did.

"It's a ridiculous story," he said....

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In the Headlines: AAI’s 2015 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Blog
Last week the Arab American Institute celebrated 30 years of political empowerment of the Arab American community at the seventeenth annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala. Over 700 guests were present and the event garnered coverage from a diverse array of media outlets.
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12 Quotes from American Christians on Christians in the Middle East

Posted by Newsmax on May 13, 2015 in News Clips

By: John Verling

The Middle East is the home of Christianity. It is where Jesus was born and where many sites scared to Christians are located. Today, Christians are in minority in the Middle East and face daily persecution. The plight of Christians in the Middle East is of particular concern to American Christians and they are petitioning the government to act now before it is too late. Here are 12 quotes from American Christians on Christians in the Middle East: 1. The Rev. Franklin Graham of Samaritans Purse visited the Middle East and told Megyn Kelly on Fox News about the plight...

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PBS “To the Contrary” Interview with Salma Hayek Pinault and AAI President Jim Zogby

Posted by PBS on May 06, 2015 in News Clips

Bonnie Erbe, the host of the PBS program "To the Contrary" sat down with Salma Hayek Pinault to discuss her activism on improving the lives women and girls around the world, and her pride in her Arab heritage. 

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Running in Brooklyn for Gaza

Posted by on May 04, 2015 in Blog
By Nada El-Eryan American Friends of UNRWA Despite snow flurries and below-freezing temperatures, nearly 600 runners and supporters gathered in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for the inaugural Gaza Solidarity 5K walk/run hosted by UNRWA USA.
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Originally Lebanese Salma Hayek: ‘I’m proud of my people’

Posted by Al Arabiya on May 04, 2015 in News Clips


U.S. Hollywood star Salma Hayek told Al Arabiya News in an interview this week that she was “proud” of the Lebanese people for taking in some 1.2 million Syrian refugees, despite decades of animosity between the two countries.

“I have to say that I’m extra proud because the Syrians could be considered as their enemies, or were once because of the war, and I’m very proud that my people give an example and [have] opened their doors even to those who they’ve been in conflict with, because of their humanity and their generosity,” the 48-year-old...

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