Posted by Guest on January 17, 2018 in Blog
By Mona Ahmed
“The National Commision for Voter Justice is a people’s commission and will be one that the people can see, understand and participate in.” That’s how Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes described the transparency and mission of the newly formed National Commission for Voter Justice (NCVJ) during a launch rally on the steps of the Supreme Court on January 17. Speakers included: NCVJ Co-Chairs Barbara Arnwine, Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, John Nichols
Posted by Guest on November 17, 2017 in Blog
by Hanna Saba
The 2018 midterm elections are a year away and members of Congress–Republicans in particular—are deciding they want no part of it. Thus far, 12 Republicans in the House and two in the Senate have announced that they plan to retire from Congress at the beginning of 2019. Three others have either resigned or plan to resign soon, and another 10 have announced that they’re running for a different office. On the opposite side of the aisle, four Democrats in the House and zero senators plan to retire from Congress, which is a pretty dramatic partisan disparity.
Posted on November 11, 2017 in Washington Watch
by James J. Zogby With all due respect to the gubernatorial candidates who won their elections on November 7th, there can be no doubt that their road to victory was paved, in part, by voter's rejection of Donald Trump and Trumpism. The president wasn't on the ballot, but his presence was felt by an energized electorate intent on sending him a message of rejection. Much attention, of course, was focused on Democratic wins in the high-profile contests for governor in Virginia and New Jersey. The margins of these victories were larger than expected and were correctly attributed...Read more
Posted by Guest on September 27, 2017 in Blog
by Sydney Roeder
“Any day upholding American democracy... is a day well spent.” Zane Alkoor with Davidson College noted about the #YallaVote campaign launched by the Arab American Institute Foundation last week.
September 26th was National Voter Registration Day. Like every other year since #YallaVote’s conception in 1998, AAIF took to the streets to register eligible voters. Nearly 30 organizations across 20 states followed suit, hosting their own #YallaVote tables or events.
Alkoor’s sentiment about voter registration was felt across other organizations as well. The Middle Eastern Cultural Organization at Denison University registered...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 26, 2017 in Blog
Posted by Guest on September 20, 2017 in Blog
By Sydney Roeder
Voting rights “has moved from a movement for equity to a movement for existence.” Rev. Yearwood with the Hip Hop Caucus stressed in a panel at the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Democracy (LCVEF) convening on Wednesday. The two-day training sought to cast light upon voter engagement in underrepresented communities. This parallels AAI’s current efforts in the #YallaVote campaign since-- as AAI’s field organizer, Heba Mohammad, stated-- “Yalla Vote is not only about getting people to vote, it’s also about keeping them engaged.”
Posted by Arab American Institute on September 17, 2017 in Blog
Download our #YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Here! Launched in 1998, the #YallaVote campaign is the foundation of our grassroots voter mobilization and education programming. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states – including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia – we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. That’s why it’s important for our community to be registered and at the polls...Read more
Posted by Ryan Suto on September 14, 2017 in Blog
An afternoon Tweet, only weeks after the 2016 election, re-launched an important conversation about voting rights in the United States: “…I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” Unfortunately, no assertion in that Tweet is supported by evidence. Nonetheless, President Donald Trump empaneled the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” to investigate voter fraud in the United States based on his personal assertion that ‘illegal votes’ were cast against him. The Pence-Kobach Commission, as it is known, reinforces repeated conservative claims of rampant voter fraud that have been either completely unsubstantiated or supported by evidence that has...Read more
Posted by Guest on January 31, 2017 in Blog
by Raneem Alkhatib Access California Services (AccessCal), is a nonprofit that was founded in 1998 to help those struggling in southern California. Arab American Nahla Kayali, who serves on the board of AAI, founded the organization to cater to the needs of refugees and immigrants. Nineteen years later, AccessCal continues to make sure that those who are struggling or in transition have support. AccessCal offers many services to the community including professional help, referrals, and immigration. They also help provide employment, financial and health assistance, and even educational classes. All their...Read more