Posted by Suher Adi on April 10, 2019 in Blog

April marks Arab American Heritage Month, and communities around the country are celebrating with local proclamations and community events. Join us for another way to get involved in the celebrations by joining us at Arab American Leadership Days, cosponsored by the Arab American Institute (AAI), National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP) on May 1-2, 2019 in Washington, DC, where we will come together to advocate and celebrate. Open to Arab Americans from across the country, this two-day event in the heart of our nation’s capital will provide rich opportunities for civic engagement, political advocacy, and community building.

This year, our Leadership Days events will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, May 1, for an afternoon complete with expert policy briefings, community forums, and presentations on topics of vital interest to Arab Americans. Expect exciting and informative conversations about defending First Amendment protections for advocates of Palestinian human rights, protecting voting rights, counteracting the nationwide increase of reported hate crimes through state and federal legislation, ensuring a fair and accurate count of Arab Americans on the 2020 census, and curbing harmful immigration policies through groundbreaking legislation like the NO BAN Act.

The important discussions don’t stop there! Our first day of programming will conclude with a presentation on effective advocacy strategies designed to prepare participants for the following morning (Thursday, May 2), when we reconvene on Capitol Hill for constituent meetings with members of Congress and their staffers. This is your chance to advocate on behalf of your community and the issues you care most about!

Outside of excellent programming, our Leadership Days events provide a way for Arab Americans across the country to connect on issues that impact us all. You will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with Arab Americans from various backgrounds and of all ages, including Arab Americans who hold public office, have run before, or are currently running. Some highlights from the 2018 Leadership Days included a Yalla Vote workshop and discussions on US aid cuts to Palestine.


We are excited for this year’s programming and hope you can participate. For more information on how you can attend Leadership Days, please contact Suher Adi at sadi@aaiusa.org.

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