Meet Pennsylvania's Yalla Vote Field Organizer

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 28, 2016 in Blog
Meet your Pennsylvania Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Summar Elgogari! A student at Temple University, Summar is working with AAI through the election to connect with Arab Americans in Pennsylvania.
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Arab Americans turn out for National Voter Registration Day

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans across the country took part in National Voter Registration Day, September 27, with the goal of getting as many voters registered ahead of fast-approaching state deadlines. Working with the official National Voter Registration Day effort, and partners like the League of Women Voters and Rock The Vote, AAI’s #YallaVote campaign, coordinated with more than 30 local community partners on the ground who registered people and raised awareness about the upcoming national elections. Arab American community organizations, centers, student groups and places of worship hosted registration drives outfitted with their #YallaVote swag and...

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2016 Arab American Candidate: Matt Heinz for Arizona's 2nd Congressional District

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 27, 2016 in Blog

Hi, I'm Matt Heinz - an attending physician, a former state legislator, and a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about me here:

What are you on the ballot for?

To represent Arizona's 2nd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What is your ethnicity? 

My grandfather is from the village of Dhour El Choueir in Northern Lebanon. 

What's your immigration story?

My grandfather came over...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Education and Politics Mix for Fahim Abedrabbo

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 27, 2016 in Blog

For Fahim Abedrabbo, the importance of family and education are inseparably intertwined. This Arab American is so connected to both that it has inspired him to run for the Clifton Board of Education this year. Abedrabbo, who is of Palestinian descent, was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents left the town of Al Jib, just south of Ramallah, to create a better life for their growing family in America. Although Abedrabbo’s parents...

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First Presidential Debate: What You Need to Know

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 26, 2016 in Blog

Tonight is the first of the three presidential debates ahead of November 8th. Moderated by Lester Holt of NBC, the debate is expected to be cover three topic areas: America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America.  We have heard a lot from the 2016 candidates already, and have been tracking their policy positions and public statements on AAI’s Election Central Candidate Profiles. Below is a snap shot of what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already said regarding the issues we expect to arise during tonight’s debate.  Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Hillary Clinton:  "I am...

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Yalla Vote: NAAP-Dallas Professional Networker and Voter Registration Drive

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 25, 2016 in Blog

The Network of Arab American Professionals’ Dallas chapter held a networker luncheon and voter registration drive at Cedars Mediterranean restaurant in Plano, Texas. With over 25 members and volunteers, the newly formed group was able to register customers to vote and engaged with many others who visited the restaurant for lunch that day. Keep up the amazing work NAAP-Dallas! #YallaVote

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Hawaii’s Mark Hashem is Dedicated to his Constituents

Posted by Joan Hanna on September 21, 2016 in Blog

Hawaii State Representative Mark Hashem is the son of a Lebanese father and a Japanese mother. His story is as unique as it is interesting. Hashem’s grandfather had been studying to become a priest in Beirut. Prompted by his four brothers to come with them to the United States, however, Hashem’s grandfather left his studies for America. Arriving in Boston during the turn of the century he settled there and raised a family of seven children. The youngest of those...

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Yalla Vote: Tunisian Community Center in NY

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 10, 2016 in Blog

On September 10th, the Tunisian Community Center held a #YallaVote Education and Registration Drive at the Saba Restaurant in Queens. The drive was run with enthusiasm, as the Community Center and its volunteers attempted to get as many as they could to register and vote. The #YallaVote merchandise (t-shirts, buttons, signs, etc.) and tasty treats from the restaurant were a good motivator too! “For the last decade and a half, the #YallaVote campaign represented the greatest tool for the Tunisian Community Center’s voter education efforts. Our latest event, in New York on September 10th, was an opportunity for our team to provide voter...

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Yalla Vote: AACCO's 6th Annual Arab Festival

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 03, 2016 in Blog

As reported by the Portland Tribune, on September 3rd the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon-AACCO held the 6th Annual Arab Festival, also called Mahrajan. It was held at Oaks Parks in Portland, Oregon. Arab Americans and others turned out to share in Portland’s Arab culture and a #YallaVote table welcomed people to register to vote. Volunteers in #YallaVote t-shirts caught the attention of many and encouraged them to vote and get involved. Along with the civic engagement, shawarma, falafel, baklava, and...

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Yalla Vote: CAMEO at Cleveland's Cultural Garden

Posted by Arab American Institute on August 28, 2016 in Blog

On August 28th, the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) hosted a #YallaVote table and voter registration drive at the Cleveland Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio. Artists from Lebanon were present for a display, and belly dancers and the Ajyal Dabke dance group put on a great show. Lebanese food was available throughout the event. Along with the festivities, a #YallaVote table was available for the public to register voters and motivate Arab Americans to vote. Because of Ohio’s...

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