Posted on June 11, 2012 in Arab American Institute
Created in 1998, Yalla Vote quickly became the cornerstone of our voter mobilization and education work. Since first utilized nationally in the 2000 presidential campaign, Yalla Vote has been adopted by countless communities across the country to run voter registration drives, organize town hall meetings and coordinate GOTV efforts. AAI is proud to partner with the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) to get out the Arab American vote through the Yalla Vote campaign. After more than a decade, it has become synonymous with the Arab American vote – and our political progress.
How to Get Involved
Arab Americans are a stronger political constituency than ever before, but there is much work to be done and we need you to make your voice heard in 2012! We are engaging with our members by focusing more of our resources on the local impact of national issues, debates, and policies. We are concentrating our civic engagement work in ten states (and one metro area) with the highest concentrations of Arab Americans based on recent US Census data: CA, FL, IL, MA, MI, NY, NJ, OH, PA, TX, and the DC-MD-VA metro area. Click on any of the highlighted states below to see our specific work and resources within that state. AAI is tracking issues, legislation, programs, and news at the national and state levels, helping you better understand the impact of issues like racial profiling or Islamophobia.
We hope that you will sign up to volunteer with the Yalla Vote campaign and register new voters, participate in phone banks, host an event, and more. We have created a number of resources for you, including media kits, a how-to guide for setting up a meeting or town hall with your representative, and sample letters.
If you do not live in one of these states, there are still plenty of ways for you to get involved. Use the buttons below to find key election dates for all 50 states, download publications and resources, see a list of Arab American candidates and public officials in your state, request Yalla Vote materials and more.
If you’re an individual who would like to stay informed about Yalla Vote volunteer opportunities or events in your area, please sign up here.
If you’re a student or young professional, sign up for our Emerging Leaders Program so you can find out about local events, volunteer and internship opportunities, and more.
If you’re an organization who would like to participate in getting out the Arab American Vote, from hosting voter registration events to town halls, please contact Hilary.