#YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Now Available!

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

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 for every election.  Remember that National Voter Registration Day is...

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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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Arab American Voters 2016: Identity and Political Concerns

Posted on October 25, 2016 in Reports

Download the Arab American Vote 2016: Identity and Political Concerns poll release here.

Executive Summary

Political Concerns 

In a survey of 502 Arab Americans conducted by Zogby Analytics between 10/4/16 and 10/12/16, Hillary Clinton tops Donald Trump among likely voters 60% to 26%.

The steady migration of Arab Americans away from the Republican party continues, with Arab American Democrats outnumbering Republicans by a 2-1 margin. A majority of Arab Americans support Hillary Clinton for the Presidency, citing her...

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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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Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Arab Americans “Vike the Vote” with Yalla Vote in Cleveland

Posted by Joan Hanna on October 12, 2016 in Blog

  Arab American students at Cleveland State University participated in a get out the vote event on Monday, October 10th, one day before Ohio’s registration deadline. The voter registration drive was held in collaboration with AAI’s Yalla Vote campaign, CSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), Arab Student Union, Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha (Cleveland chapter). “The idea,” said Malek Khawam, a Senior at CSU and current SGA President, “was to reach all segments of our diverse campus.” They did just...

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