Despite the heat, #YallaVote takes on California

Posted by Guest on July 23, 2018 in Blog

By Johanna, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: CA

As election day fast approaches, #YallaVote in California has been extending its programming to the Inland Empire, serving Arab Americans in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties, which are home to two of the biggest Arab American communities in the state.  On Friday, July 20, we joined the community to encourage them to vote and remind them how showing up at the polls can make sure their community gets the representation it deserves.

Despite a record-breaking heat wave, families were happy to discuss the upcoming elections and...

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Countdown Vol 18 No 6: Stand Up and Be Counted

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 318 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.

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Bringing More to the Table: Yalla Vote Goes to Grocery Stores in FL, CA

Posted by Guest on July 17, 2018 in Blog

Basma Alawee, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: FL

Since Yalla Vote just started in Florida last week, I have been reaching out to local places of worship, organizations and stores that Arab Americans attend to successfully engage our community to vote and spread the word widely. Most recently, Yalla Vote: FL volunteers and I have organized Yalla Vote tabling events in multiple local stores.

AlHaaj Abu Fatima, the owner of Halal Food Fresh market in Jacksonville, hung a “Yalla Vote” sign in his store and plans to encourage his customers to vote.

We also organized a Yalla Vote table at the Apna Bazar...

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SCOTUS Commotions Trigger Reflection on Voter Engagement Efforts

Posted by Guest on June 29, 2018 in Blog

By Hana Illikkal, Yalla Vote: MA intern

On Friday, June 29th, Steven Austerer and I set up a voter registration booth in the Selimiye Mosque in Methuen, MA for the Friday prayer to encourage the Arab American and Muslim communities to take full advantage of the political power they possess in a democracy, make sure their voices are heard, and vote. We were able to do this at the Islamic Society of Greater Haverhill as well and were even graciously welcomed to set up a table at their Community Appreciation Day celebration on June 30th.

At the Methuen and Haverhill...

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Yalla Vote organizers joins community members in Boston

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...

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Call our #YallaVote Hotline for all your election questions

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...

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#YallaVote Readies for CA Primaries

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...

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 24: Cruel but Usual Punishment

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!

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Community Celebrations Welcome #YallaVote in Michigan

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,...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 21: Occupied Minds

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. 

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