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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: California

Posted by Shadi Matar on October 11, 2016 in Blog
AAI California Field Organizer Shadi Matar will be hosting a Yalla Vote booth at the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 22 from 5pm-9pm. He’ll also be discussing #YallaVote so come out to the Harmony Gold Theater to learn about how you can get involved ahead of Election Day!
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Second Presidential Debate: Our Post-Debate Thoughts

Posted by Ali Albassam on October 10, 2016 in Blog

The second presidential debate took place at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. Moderated by Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, the debate format came in the form of a town hall meeting. Half the questions came from undecided voters in the audience and the other half by the moderators from a list of questions submitted by readers.

Many viewers noticed a tense beginning which set the tone for the rest of the debate as the candidates skipped handshakes after being introduced. Donald Trump was forced to answer for the “Trump Tape” which surfaced just days before...

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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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