7 Days and Counting

Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Blog

The midterm elections are only one week away, and Arab Americans across the country are getting ready to vote. If you live in one of the ten states with the highest concentration of Arab Americans, be sure to visit our Voter Guides page, where you will find all the information you need on participating in your state’s election, including how to find your polling place and who is on your ballot.

There are over two-dozen Arab Americans running for office in 16 states in this midterm election. They include people like Matt Heinz, Democratic State Representative in Arizona, whose frustrations as...

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Arab Americans Score Major Breakthroughs

Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Blog

On Wednesday, October 20, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address at the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP)’s 5th annual gala. Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the Obama Administration’s commitment to viable Palestinian statehood where “the indignity of occupation would end,” noting that the US position on Israeli settlements has not changed, and promising that the Obama administration will not turn its back on Palestinians and Israelis in their struggle for a just and lasting peace.

On Thursday, October 21, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) hosted former President Bill Clinton and former British first lady Cherie Blair at their gala in Washington. TYO is a non-profit...

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Brooklyn Gets Out the Vote

Posted by on October 21, 2010 in Blog
The Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC) and the Arab American Institute (AAI) hosted a voter engagement event on October 13th at AAFSC’s Brooklyn office. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY-11) came to the event and stayed for much of the evening, speaking with local constituents and community members about the importance of voting.
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Rachel Audi: A Profile of Dedication to Prince George’s County

Posted by on October 20, 2010 in Blog

Rachel Audi is the Republican candidate running for Maryland’s 47th district seat for the House of Delegates. Audi always embraces the inevitable questions about her last name with a laugh, saying, “People always ask about my name. People ask if I’m German or if I have an Audi car.” The answer to both is no. Audi is a proud American of Arab descent and she announced her candidacy in July to represent Prince George’s County just a month before her father, Norman Audi, passed away of cancer. Audi affectionately discussed how her father exhibited unwavering support for...

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Yalla Vote in Virginia

Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Blog

With just 15 days until Election Day, Arab Americans are organizing GOTV efforts across the country. In Virginia, Arab Americans organized their 22nd annual candidates’ night on October 10. The event, a tradition in northern Virginia, was well attended by community members, elected officials and candidates alike. On the agenda were a combination of foreign and domestic policy concerns and our own Yalla Vote voter engagement project. Voice of America featured a nice report on the evening on their website.

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Stand up for Nick!

Posted by on October 05, 2010 in Blog

Congressman Nick Rahall, an Arab American Democrat, has served West Virginia's 3rd District with distinction for 34 years. As Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Nick has been fighting for jobs, mine safety, energy independence, ending war in the Middle East and caring for Americans veterans.

It should not be surprising that in a nasty election year, he is under attack. What is disturbing, however, is that the line of attack has focused on Nick's national leadership role in the Arab American community.

Listen to this ad (video below) being run on West Virginia television by the West Virginia...

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A Conversation with Secretary Ray LaHood

Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Blog

In Currents this week, New Yorker correspondent Ray Lizza interviews Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. A proud Arab American, longtime friend of AAI, and winner of the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, LaHood retired from his seat in Congress (R-IL) in 2008.  A well respected voice in Washington, he was confirmed as the Obama Administration's Secretary of Transportation in 2009. His commitment to public service and bi-partisanship are legendary and admirable. Take a moment to hear Secretary LaHood's thoughts on the stimulus package, infrastructure development, and the US economy.

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Arab American Vote Courted in Texas

Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Blog

A local television station did a report highlighting the state's gubernatorial candidates reaching out to Arab American voters. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry is running for reelection to a third term, and his Democratic challenger is Bill White, the former Mayor of Houston. Both candidates appeared before 615 community members at the Arab American Voters Candidate Night last night in Houston, TX.

Arab Americans are hosting Candidate Nights all over the country - Virginia Arab Americans will hear from their candidates on October 10th, with Chicago hosting local candidates on October 14th.  Groups in Los Angeles will soon...

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The Results Are In

Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Blog

Read on for AAI’s summary of Arab American candidates and their primary election results in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland. For more election results, check out Washington Post’s Winners and Losers of the September 14th primary or listen to the Diane Rehm Show to hear Donna Brazile, David Keene, and Amy Walter discuss the primary results and what it means. New Hampshire

John Stephen won the GOP nomination for governor, beating out 3 other candidates with 62% of the vote.  Rich Ashooh (R) came in a very close second for...

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Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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