Countdown Vol. 13 No. 17: Someday this war's gonna end

Posted on June 18, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Perpetual war?, Israel's impunity, HRC and voting rights, and another anti-BDS law
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Together We Came

Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Blog

A dedicated servant to public life, Charles “Chuck” Abdelnour was born on February 12, 1938 in the desert town of Brawley, California. Abdelnour would go on to lead a fruitful career centered on putting people and his country first.

Abdelnour is the son of Lebanese Immigrants, his father Gabriel Abdelnour fled Lebanon in 1917 to escape religious persecution. Grateful for his newfound sovereignty, Gabriel reminded his children to hold dear the beauty of democracy and freedom.

From his father, Abdelnour inherited the desire to be part of the democratic nation...

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Voting Rights

Posted on May 16, 2015 in Domestic Policy

President Obama’s 2015 speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama reignited a long fought battle to protect the right to vote for all citizens. As the President noted, voter ID laws and the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder have seriously impeded and infringed on that essential right. The VRA was passed to outlaw discriminatory voting practices that had disenfranchised racial and ethnic minorities in the United States for decades.


50 Years After Selma: Our Past, Our Future

Posted by on March 07, 2015 in Blog

Today, President Barack Obama is in Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the iconic marches that turned violent. Aptly referred to as “Bloody Sunday,” the march in Selma was an important turning point in the civil rights movement. Worldwide TV coverage broadcast powerful and shameful images of police officers brutally attacking nonviolent marchers who were attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The resulting media attention and government intervention to protect future civil rights marches helped spur the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) just five months later,...

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AAI Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 19, 2015 in Arab American Institute

Throughout the month of February, AAI will be celebrating Black History Month by revisiting the lives and stories of African American leaders in the civil rights movement who paved the way for greater justice and equality.

  A Common Cause: Police Profiling Plagues Arab American and Communities of Color

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

The historic civil rights movement that has seen so much progress continues to be extremely important in pushing for greater equality and confronting societal ills. One of those battles is the use profiling by government law enforcement agencies. Over the...

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The Instrumental Role of Arab Americans in the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Blog

By Eve Soliman

Winter Intern, 2015

Arab Americans have been invested in the civil rights movement since its beginning stages in the 1950’s, and continue to be a supportive voice in the shared struggle for human rights. The Arab American community has made significant contributions to the civil rights movement by supporting efforts to end segregation and advance equality and justice in the United States.

Ralph Johns may not be well known, but he is an Arab American who played an instrumental role at a critical point in the civil rights movement. Johns is credited with...

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Lost In Translation

Posted on October 24, 2014 in Countdown
Last weekend, the Supreme Court denied a request to stop a Texas voting requirement that necessitates all voters to show specific forms of ID before they cast their ballot. The law would disenfranchise an estimated 600,000 people – primarily African Americans and Hispanics – in the State.
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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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AAI launches voter drive in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in News Clips

Organizations in key states will participate in the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote campaign in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day on September 23 to register voters and engage the public on issues important to our community. AAI Executive Director Maya Berry, says American Arabs will push voter awareness Sept. 26

National Voter Registration Day is tomorrow, September 23, and the Arab American Institute (AAI) is making sure our community remains a part of the national conversation. This week, Arab Americans across the country join thousands in hosting voter registration drives for the largest one-day effort of the year to...

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Up In The Air

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Countdown
We’re bringing you six topics this week because we can’t neglect talking about the 2014 roller-coaster primary season. “Countdown” is a countdown to elections after all.
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