Posted on October 12, 2010 in Arab American Institute

I’m writing to invite you to a private dinner on October 20 at the Long Beach Airport Marriott. Dr. James Zogby, founder and President of the Arab American Institute, host of “Viewpoint with James Zogby,” and author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, will be in the Los Angeles area, and we are hosting an event for a few select friends.

Let me tell you why: Last weekend, the Arab American Institute hosted a Summit in Washington, DC. AAI brought together representatives from Capitol Hill and the White House, as well as national and community leaders, to establish consensus on key foreign and domestic policy issues that impact our community most directly — including immigration reform, civil liberties protection, support for Lebanon, halting settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and so much more.

It was a critical meeting at a crucial time for our community. In the media, in campaign ads, and on the street, Arab Americans are being vilified for their heritage. There are some legislators on Capitol Hill who listen to our community, who vote for peace and justice —votes that take a good deal of courage, because political opponents will use those votes against them.

My co-hosts and I want you to know what’s at stake and what you can do. So we invited Dr. Zogby to an intimate, off-the-record evening, where we can talk freely about:

• Two just-released polls* — one surveying American attitudes towards Arabs, Islam, and the Middle East; the other a survey of Arab Americans, profiling how we see ourselves, our heritage, and our place in the fabric of American society. These are incredibly telling resources — illustrating why it’s so important that our community mobilize now to quell the anti-Arab sentiment sweeping through the media and politics.

• His book Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters*, which has garnered tremendous critical praise. He draws not just on facts and figures, but conversations and insights, and on his 30-years as the voice of reason in debates filled with misconceptions, bias, and bigotry.

• Lessons from the Leadership Summit, and how our community mobilizing not just in the next month, but throughout the coming years — to ensure our voice and our impact in the 2012 elections.

Please plan to join us on October 20 (reception at 6:00, dinner served at 7:00, followed by Dr. Zogby’s talk and book signing). Space is limited, so I urge you to click here and make your reservations now. If you’d prefer to write a check, please contact AAI’s Director of Development, Jane Kaddouri, at 202-429-9214 to be sure your seat is reserved before we fill up.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks,

Ahmad Husami

Sami Khalil

Mike Malley

Azeez Malley

Sami Mashney, Esq.

* Participants will receive copies of Arab Voices, and each of the two polls.


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