Countdown Vol. 13 No. 35: Not Like That

Posted on November 05, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: CVE is still flawed, U.S. sends forces to Syria, Vienna talks, Sinai crash and the GOP debates
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Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Maya Berry

Posted on November 04, 2015 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

    This week's guest is Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute. In 1996 she established AAI’s first Government Relations department, which she led for 5 years before becoming Legislative Director for House Minority Whip David Bonior, where she developed policies on international relations, human rights, trade, and immigration. Berry started her career in public service working for ACCESS, the nation's oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. Berry is also the founder of MidAmr Group, a private consulting firm dedicated...

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Presidential Candidates Court Arab American Vote at AAI's #Yalla2016 National Leadership Conference

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 30, 2015 in Blog
Presidential candidates Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Governor John Kasich (R-OH), Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addressed the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan to outline their understanding of the Arab American community and our issues. Ahead of every presidential election year, AAI invites every Republican & Democratic candidates seeking their Party’s nomination to address the conference and persuade the Arab American to vote in their favor. There are over 3.7 million Arab Americans, nationwide, highly concentrated in some of the most politically contested states including Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Arab American community has one of the highest rates of voter participation among ethnic minorities with over 88% of the Arab American community registered to vote and of those registered, 90% say they are likely to vote in upcoming national elections. The Arab American vote has become a nationally courted constituency for Democrats and Republicans alike. Below are highlights from the candidates who were able to join us.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 34: Much Work Left To Be Done

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: We're back with updates from our National Leadership Conference and more
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Intolerance on Display

Posted on October 29, 2015 in Washington Watch
In order to understand the intolerance of O'Malley's critics and just how distressing this entire situation is for Arab Americans, it is important to read the former governor's words.
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Amy Dacey, CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Addresses #Yalla2016

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

AAI’s National Leadership Conference was pleased to have Amy Dacey offer remarks highlighting the Democratic National Committee’s inclusivity and stance on issues that matter to the Arab American community. Ms. Dacey’s remarks can be watched in full below. Amy Dacey is the CEO of the Democratic National Committee. Dacey began her career at the National Foundation of Women Legislators. During the 2000 election cycle she was the Deputy Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She then served as the Deputy Political Director on the Democratic Senatorial Committee for the 2002 election cycle; the National Political Director of...

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Presidential Candidate Gov. Martin O'Malley Hears Stories from Arab Refugees

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 23, 2015 in Blog
On Friday, October 23rd presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley met with recently resettled refugees during the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016. Governor O’Malley met with Radhia Fakhrildeen, Moustafa Assad, and Noor Al Dabbagh to hear their personal stories and experiences of resettling in the United States
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The Debate We Have, the Debate We Need

Posted on October 19, 2015 in Washington Watch
Since the end of the Vietnam War, every US president has been consumed with and defined by events in the Middle East.
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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

Over the course...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 33: Tough Week

Posted on October 08, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Responding to mass shootings, back to the Palestinians, Russia in Syria, voting rights in AL, and more
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