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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Washington Watch: To Hell in a Handbasket

Posted on August 13, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This presidential election is exposing deep fault-lines in our society and the failure of some of the basic institutions of our democracy. If we don't change direction, we're on our way to "hell in a handbasket".   I begin with the difficult situation in which Republicans now find themselves as they watch their out-of-control nominee wreaking havoc. Once the "party of Lincoln", the GOP was, as late as a generation ago, led by George H.W. Bush and James Baker, in whose steady hands we emerged from the Cold War, and Congressional leaders like Howard...

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Election Central

Posted on August 12, 2016 in #YallaVote

Find out what all the 2016 candidates are saying about the issues that matter most to Arab Americans


RNC 2016: Voting Rights

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"...We are concerned, however, that some voting procedures may be open to abuse. For this reason, we support legislation to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote and secure photo ID when voting. We strongly oppose litigation against states exercising their sovereign authority to enact such laws."

 To read the full RNC 2016 Platform, click here

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RNC 2016: United Nations

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Precisely because we take our country’s treaty obligations seriously, we oppose ratification of international agreements whose long-range implications are ominous or unclear. We do not support the U.N. Convention on Women’s Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, as well as various declarations from the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Because of our concern for American sovereignty, domestic management of our fisheries, and our country’s long-term energy needs, we have deep reservations about the regulatory, legal, and tax regimes inherent in...

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