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...Read more
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.Read more
Posted by Haley Arata on March 12, 2018 in Blog
Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer in California:
Johanna is a Palestinian American, raised in Jordan. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society from the University of Southern California. Johanna is a National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellow at the Arab American Civic Council. Before joining the AAI Yalla Vote team, she was a Development & Outreach and Children’s Rights intern with Human Rights Watch-Los Angeles, a Research Intern with California Strategies, and a Congressional Intern with Representative...Read more
Posted on March 08, 2018 in Countdown
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.”