Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Blog

By Rula Zaru
Rula Zaru is an the Community Relations Intern at the Arab American Institute

Every year in June, more than 300,000 people visit Dearborn, Michigan to partake in the festivities at the annual Arab International Festival. Hosted by the Arab American Chamber of Commerce, the sixteenth annual festival kicks off tomorrow with family-oriented celebrations of Arab cultural diversity with food, games and activities for kids. This year’s festival is poised to be a financial success for the city of Dearborn, expected to generate seven millions dollars in revenue. 

AAI is joining our friends in Dearborn this year to enjoy the festivities and introduce our Yalla Change campaign to the thousands of Arab Americans who care about the important issues affecting our community. Yalla Change focuses on educating Americans about the Arab world and its people, advocates for civil rights, encourages political engagement and supports Palestinian human rights and freedom. If you’re in Dearborn, stop by our booth and meet our staff.  We hope to see you there!

For more specifics on the festival, click here.  If you are missing the festival but want to work on Yalla Change, please contact Hilary Robertson Collado, AAI’s Community Relations Manager.

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