Posted by Guest on July 17, 2018 in Blog
Basma Alawee, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: FL
Since Yalla Vote just started in Florida last week, I have been reaching out to local places of worship, organizations and stores that Arab Americans attend to successfully engage our community to vote and spread the word widely. Most recently, Yalla Vote: FL volunteers and I have organized Yalla Vote tabling events in multiple local stores.
AlHaaj Abu Fatima, the owner of Halal Food Fresh market in Jacksonville, hung a “Yalla Vote” sign in his store and plans to encourage his customers to vote.
We also organized a Yalla Vote table at the Apna Bazar Indian store, a popular spot in Jacksonville, FL. We encouraged citizens to vote and guided them through the voter registration application. The event was such a success that the owner shared pictures of the event in his social media! Later, we organized a picnic specifically for local Arab American women. We discussed the importance of voting, reviewing the voter registration application and translating the instructions and guidelines.
Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: CA
As people tuned in for the World Cup finale, Yalla Vote partnered with Aljibani Halal Market in Diamond Bar, CA to connect with the community and remind folks that unlike the World Cup games, "the Midterm Election is not a spectator sport. Participation is key", as our colleague and Massachusetts Yalla Vote Field Organizer, Steven Austerer, likes to remind us.
The local, Libyan American-owned grocery store serves customers from all backgrounds and walks of life. In a few hours, Yalla Vote Field Organizer Johanna Mustafa had the pleasure of serving Muslim, Christian, Arab, Pakistani, Asian, and African American people who stop at Aljibani for their daily needs.