Posted on June 22, 2018 in Countdown Vol. 18 No. 3: The Nightmare Never Ends
In an ideal world, every eligible voter would be registered and voting in every district election (#YallaVote). America's struggle to reach this vision of full enfranchisement and engagement continues in part due to a new Supreme Court ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. The ruling allows Ohio to continue the practice of purging eligible voters from its voting rolls in a process triggered by simply not voting. The majority opinion considered whether this practice, which includes sending “inactive voters” postcards to verify their address, violates the National Voter...
Posted by Guest on June 12, 2018 in Blog
By Lela Ali
The nation’s eyes were on California’s primary election last Tuesday, and for good reason. As Republicans were trying to cling to their seats in a deep-blue state, Democrats saw an opportunity to flip several Congressional seats to secure a narrow House majority in the 2018 elections. In most states, the primary simply sends a candidate from each major party to face-off in the general election, but because of California’s unique ”jungle primary,” all candidates run against each other, with the top two advancing regardless of party affiliation, making it one of the most competitive congressional races...Read more
Posted by Steven Austerer on June 07, 2018 in Blog
Across the country, Yalla Vote organizers are meeting with community members and leaders to remind Arab Americans that their votes matter. As Field Organizer for Massachusetts, I’ve spent the week meeting and speaking with members of The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) Cambridge to discuss the issues that concern them and how they can take those concerns to the ballot box in November.
The largest mosque in New England, ISBCC is a thriving hub for the community whose members hail...Read more
Posted by Guest on June 05, 2018 in Blog
By Lela Ali
In 2016, the Arab American Institute launched our #YallaVote Hotline. The #YallaVote Hotline is staffed by legal experts and both Arabic and English speakers ready to assist voters with questions or issues at the polls. They are also able to provide legal support to address voter suppression or disenfranchisement in your state.
Today, and on election days throughout 2018, our hotline is up and running. Our phone number has changed since years past, and the #YallaVote Hotline may now be reached at 1-844-YALLA-US (925-5287).
During most...Read more
Posted by Johanna Mustafa on May 31, 2018 in Blog
As the California Primary Election approaches on Tuesday, June 5th, Yalla Vote programming has been gaining momentum and pushing for GOTV efforts to ensure our Arab American community is registered and ready to show up at the polls next week.
In light of the recent attacks on sanctuary status in California, the “We are Sanctuary” Iftar in Little Arabia District, Anaheim on May 21 was an opportunity for Yalla Vote to join the community during the month of Ramadan to reconfirm our commitment to serving the community, support the...Read more
Posted on May 18, 2018 in Countdown
Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate to head the CIA. This is yet another troubling and shameful appointment by this administration, enabled by the very Legislative body that’s supposed to serve as a check to the President. We have a lot of work ahead of us!Read more
Posted by Yara Beydoun on May 02, 2018 in Blog
April was a busy month as communities across the country celebrated Arab American Heritage Month, and few states were busier than Michigan. I joined in the local festivities to encourage participants to #YallaVote in this year’s elections.
The Arab American National Museum’s Book and Print Festival offered attendees from the greater Detroit & Dearborn communities an opportunity to enjoy art pieces and creations, such as clothing, print making, photography, paint, and literature, from local and ethnic artists. The event’s entertainment featured Arab American artists DJ Tammy Lakkis, DJ Habibti,...Read more
Posted on April 20, 2018 in Countdown
Breaking: The State Department under Donald Trump has stopped using the word “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in the Palestinian OCCUPIED territories. We will have much more to say about that soon.Read more
Posted by Guest on April 16, 2018 in Blog
By: Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: California
Unanimous! That was how the California State Senate adopted the Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 123, proclaiming the month of April as "Arab American Heritage Month." To mark the achievement, I took part in Southern California community events celebrating the month as a Yalla Vote Field Organizer.
Having the Yalla Vote program present at community events is crucial now more than ever. The stakes this election year couldn’t be higher. In terms...Read more
Posted on March 16, 2018 in Countdown
DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 192 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.Read more