#YallaVote Campaign for National Voter Registration Day a Success

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...

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Arab Americans on the Ground: Sam Jammal on challenging a 24-year incumbent and getting involved

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 26, 2017 in Blog
As a young college student, Sam Jammal had dreams of going into business to support his immigrant family who worked tirelessly to raise him and his siblings. When September 11th happened, however, his plans changed.
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Voter Engagement in Underrepresented Communities

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.” 

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#YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Now Available!

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 17, 2017 in Blog

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 for every election.  Remember that National Voter Registration Day is...

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The Pence-Kobach Election Commission is Voter Suppression by another name

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...

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AccessCal Empowers Those in Need

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...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Abdullah Hammoud Proves Age is Only a Number

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan's 15th District State Representative
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Wrap Up: AAI's Daily Dispatches from the RNC & DNC Conventions

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 09, 2016 in Blog

AAI's Yalla Vote campaign provided extensive coverage live from the Republican and Democratic Conventions. Use the links below to read our analysis and meet many of the Arab Americans who participated in the convention events we hosted!  DNC Daily Dispatch Archives: DNC Day 4 DNC Day 3 DNC Day 2 DNC Day 1 RNC Daily Dispatch Archives:

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Wrap Up: Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 09, 2016 in Blog

In 2016, Arab Americans were more engaged than ever in American electoral politics. Below are some of the original features AAI wrote to highlight the work of individual activists, candidates, organizations, and voters who made a difference this election year.  Patterson, New Jersey Councilman Andre Sayegh Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen Iowa precinct captain Newman Abuissa Michigan candidate for the 15th District, Abdullah Hammoud The Middle Eastern Student Center at the University of California, Riverside Swing state Pennsylvania’s millennial Arab American voters...

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Election Results - 2016 Arab American Candidates

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 09, 2016 in Blog

From local school boards, to the United States House of Representatives, Arab Americans are serving their communities and our country in innumerable capacities. Head over to our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life for a list of those currently in office. In 2016, there were 38 Arab American candidates who ran for elected offices across the United State. Below are the general election results which saw 14 Arab American candidates secure office. For a full listing of all 2016 Arab American candidates (primaries...

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