AAI Launches #YallaVote Hotline for Election

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 24, 2016 in Blog
We at the Arab American Institute are doing our part to ensure that Arab Americans are registered, organized, informed and ready to cast their ballots on November 8th (or before in states with Early Voting). The 2016 Election being the first Presidential Election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act, many states have changed their voting requirements - in some cases suppressing and disenfranchising voters. To make sure our community’s voice is heard, AAI is launching a #YallaVote Hotline, 1-844-418-1682, to respond to community questions and concerns.
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#YallaVote Watch Parties Take on Presidential Debates

Posted by Guest on October 20, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar

Mahamad Omar is a Fall 2016 Intern with the Arab American Institute.

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Countdown Vol 15, No 6: What’s Haunting Us Now?

Posted on October 20, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: election surprises, zombie intervention schemes, bad presents for Egypt, ceasefires, and police data tracking.
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The Third And Final Presidential Debate: How to Watch and Engage

Posted by Guest on October 19, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar The third and final presidential debate of 2016 is tonight at 9PM ET and we want you to be involved! When tweeting or posting corrections or complements to the candidates, use #YallaVote. When calling out bigotry, which we’ve, regrettably, heard too much of this campaign season, you can use  #NoBigotry. The official Twitter hashtags for the 2016 Presidential Debates are #debatenight #debates, #debate and #debates2016. The debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics as selected by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News. Topics include:...

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A dozen questions we'd ask if we were moderating the debate

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 18, 2016 in Blog

Sadly, in this presidential election cycle there has been a stunning lack of debate about the very real issues and challenges facing our nation. Like most voters, Arab Americans care deeply about the economy, education, healthcare and the environment. But given our unique insights and experiences with other areas of policy like immigration, civil liberties and foreign policy we feel there are at least one dozen questions we’d ask both presidential candidates if we were moderating the third and final debate of 2016. Check them out and let us know what you’d ask. Tweet us @aaiusa using #YallaVote...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Tony Khoury Provides an Independent Voice for Florida

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 17, 2016 in Blog

  Arab American businessman Tony Khoury does not fit into a traditional box. Khoury is progressive on the environment, tax reform, and women’s reproductive and LGBTQ rights. At the same time, he holds conservative values when it comes to military strength and foreign policy. Khoury is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent in Florida against Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio, and Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, as well as four other third party candidates. After living in Florida for more than three decades, he is proud to represent...

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Could it come down to Florida?

Posted by Guest on October 14, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar It has been 16 years, 16 years now since the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore effectively decided the closest election in our nation’s history. The result of the election hinged on Florida. The margin of victory triggered a mandatory recount, where under 200 votes in the state would decide the contest between the two candidates. Litigation in select counties started additional recounts, and this litigation ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court in the

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DIY: Throw Your Own Debate Watch Party

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 13, 2016 in Blog

Watching debates is one of the best ways to educate ourselves before we head to the polls on November 8th. Watching the debates with a group of people, however is even better, because it allows you to engage in discussion during and after the debate is over. And everyone knows discussion begets more discussion which begets education and eventually progress. So, how do you watch a debate with a group of people, discuss the issues debated and have fun doing it? Lucky for you, AAI has...

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Meet Michigan's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on October 12, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is pleased to introduce your Michigan Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Bayan Jaber. A student at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Bayan is looking forward to organizing the Arab American community in Michigan ahead of November 9th!
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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Ismael Ahmed was Born to Serve

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

“I really believe that public education is the way forward for Michigan’s working people. If activists are going to concentrate energy somewhere, why not education? That’s where I want to put my energy, in public education, to make sure our children and youth have meaningful opportunities in the future,” Ismael “Ish” Ahmed said. Ahmed is a prominent Arab American activist in the metro Detroit area and a candidate for the Michigan State Board of Education. Looking at his past advocacy, time teaching, raising five children with his wife,...

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