Yalla Vote organizers joins community members in Boston

Posted by Steven Austerer on June 07, 2018 in Blog

Across the country, Yalla Vote organizers are meeting with community members and leaders to remind Arab Americans that their votes matter. As Field Organizer for Massachusetts, I’ve spent the week meeting and speaking with members of The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) Cambridge to discuss the issues that concern them and how they can take those concerns to the ballot box in November.

The largest mosque in New England, ISBCC is a thriving hub for the community whose members hail...

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Call our #YallaVote Hotline for all your election questions

Posted by Guest on June 05, 2018 in Blog

By Lela Ali

In 2016, the Arab American Institute launched our #YallaVote Hotline. The #YallaVote Hotline is staffed by legal experts and both Arabic and English speakers ready to assist voters with questions or issues at the polls. They are also able to provide legal support to address voter suppression or disenfranchisement in your state.

Today, and on election days throughout 2018, our hotline is up and running. Our phone number has changed since years past, and the #YallaVote Hotline may now be reached at 1-844-YALLA-US (925-5287).

During most...

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#YallaVote in California Celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

Posted by Guest on April 16, 2018 in Blog

By: Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: California

Unanimous! That was how the California State Senate adopted the Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 123, proclaiming the month of April as "Arab American Heritage Month." To mark the achievement, I took part in Southern California community events celebrating the month as a Yalla Vote Field Organizer.

Having the Yalla Vote program present at community events is crucial now more than ever. The stakes this election year couldn’t be higher. In terms...

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Download our #YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Here!

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 17, 2017 in Blog

Download our #YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Here! Launched in 1998, the #YallaVote campaign is the foundation of our grassroots voter mobilization and education programming. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states – including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia – we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. That’s why it’s important for our community to be registered and at the polls...

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From Northwestern Syria to Southwestern Pennsylvania: An Immigration Story

Posted by Joan Hanna on June 26, 2017 in Blog

William "Chad" Hanna, back left; Senator John F. Kennedy, right.

At the age of 14, in 1904, George Hanna emigrated from Mashta al-Helu, Syria to Pennsylvania, settling in the town of Clymer, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. George supported himself as a businessman, selling housewares in a cart to local coal miners. He was charismatic, an astute entrepreneur, and spoke four languages. Through his military service in World War...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Abdullah Hammoud Proves Age is Only a Number

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan's 15th District State Representative
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From Refugee to St. House Race, Ilhan Omar Looks to Break New Ground

Posted by Guest on November 01, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Ilhan Omar was elected Minnesota State Representative, making her the first Somali-American legislator
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2016 Arab American Candidate: Sherrie Miday

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 01, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Judge Sherrie Miday who was elected to the Cuyahoga County Commons Pleas Court
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 7: 12 DAYS!

Posted on October 27, 2016 in Countdown

Los Angeles Arab Film Festival

Posted by Shadi Matar on October 26, 2016 in Blog

AAI was happy to turn out for the Los Angles Arab Film Festival recently and encourage attendees to #YallaVote! Californians from across the state gathered to enjoy realistic portrayals of Arab people, our culture, art and history at the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard, the Festival enjoyed capacity crowds. AAI set up a #YallaVote information table to meet and greet voters as well as...

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