The Origin of the #YallaVote Campaign's Ammu Sam

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 07, 2016 in Blog

Growing up in the shadow of 9/11 was not easy, especially as a young Arab American and an American Muslim. Popular culture, the news media and the like all told me that my existence as an Arab American was a discrepancy, an oxymoron. How could I be an Arab and an American? An American and a Muslim? These questions often dizzied my young head as a I struggled to understand what it means to be an American of non-European descent. As I began my digital media work with...

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 4: Color Me Shocked

Posted on October 06, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: The VP debate's unexpected outcomes, an unconvincing end to an FBI program, Congress regrets JASTA already, the two state solution takes a new beating, and CIA torture finds new tactics and new lows.
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Arab American Voter Profile: Rashad Al-Dabbagh

Posted by Shadi Matar on October 05, 2016 in Blog
Arab American Voter Profile: Interview with Rashad Al-Dabbagh, Founder and Executive Director of the Arab American Civil Council (AACC) and the force behind Happy Arab News.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: California

Posted by Shadi Matar on October 05, 2016 in Blog
Candidates seeking state, county, and city offices addressed Arab Americans in Anaheim, California during a candidate’s night hosted by the Arab American Civic Council (AACC) last week.
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How You Can Play A Role In the Second Debate

Posted by Guest on October 05, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar

The second Presidential debate between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be on this Sunday, October 9th at 9 PM Eastern. Taking place in the form of a town hall meeting, this second debate is expected to play a larger role in shaping the later stages of the election cycle and offers citizens an opportunity to play a role. Half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants, and the other half will be posed by moderators Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN.  Americans are able to submit and vote...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Millennials in Pennsylvania

Posted by Guest on October 05, 2016 in Blog
A lot has been made about the millennial vote in this election - hear from two of ours who will be voting for the first time.
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Yalla Vote's 2016 Voter Guides are Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 05, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute’s 2016 state voter guides cover the basic rules of the upcoming election on November 8th specifically for the 12 states with the highest concentrations of Arab American voters. You’ll find information on registration deadlines, absentee voting, early voting, voter ID requirements, campaigning around the polls and information on poll watching. We’ve also included key demographic information for your state as well as the names of candidates seeking federal office. We hope you find this guide useful as you prepare for Election Day! Yalla Vote!
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 3: Shimmy on Down to the Gutter

Posted on September 29, 2016 in Countdown
This week on AA's Countdown: How Clinton and Trump faired on the issues the Arab American Institute cares about, Countering Violent Extremism hearings, Syria disasters, Trump's plans for an Embassy in Tel Aviv, and anti-BDS bills pass in California and Pennsylvania.
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Arab Americans on the Ground in California

Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog
The Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) at the University of California, Riverside hosted a #YallaVote registration booth for students on campus this week. The MESC was founded in 2014 and has been a hub for Arab American students on the campus to organize and develop their political identities.
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Meet California's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
An AAI alumnus and current student at the University of California, San Diego, Shadi is looking forward to reconnecting with Arab Americans across California.
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