We Can’t Believe We Still Have to Fight for the Right to Vote

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...


Arab American Candidates Run Powerful Races in California’s Highly Contested 2018 Primary

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...

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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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#YallaVote in California Celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

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...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 17: Of Torture and Truth

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.

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