Arab American Community Call in Time of COVID-19

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 31, 2020 in Blog

This is a critical year for our democracy, with both the 2020 Census and Presidential Election, decisions we all make will impact our community and country for generations to come. Yet with the COVID-19 pandemic among us, we are adapting to how we carry out our civic engagement work, and community members can too. (Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has impacted everything.)

Join us on Census Day, Wednesday, April 1, at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT for a Community Call on Civic...

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MENA Community Advocates, Faith Leaders, Celebrities Work Together to Promote the 2020 Census

Posted on March 30, 2020 in Press Releases

(Washington, D.C. - 3/30/2020) — With less than two days away from April 1st,  i.e. “Census Day,” community advocates, faith leaders, comedians and celebrities from Middle Eastern, North African (MENA) communities are raising their voices to make sure their communities are counted in the 2020 Census.  

Considered a hard-to-count population, individuals with ancestry from the MENA region have historically been one of the most undercounted populations in America, along with other minority groups such as African Americans and Latinos. 

According to Basem Hassan, MENA Strategy Director for the 2020 Census Communications Campaign, there is a general unawareness of the positive impact that Census data has on local communities and a latent mistrust toward the government about how data collected will be used.  

Understanding these challenges, Hassan and his team of experts worked the last few years creating a campaign based on proper audience research and community outreach to educate and gain trust before the rollout of the...

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A Weekend of Arab Xpressions

Posted by Ahmad Abuznaid on February 21, 2020 in Blog

On February 15, 2020, the Yalla, Count Me In! team had the chance to attend Arab Xpressions at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. We engaged community members in conversations about the #2020Census, making sure to educate the diverse crowd of students, families, and community members about our get out the count efforts and the importance of the census, all while passing out cool swag that every attendee loved. In addition to our census conversations, we assisted a student organization with its voter registration efforts using our #YallaVote resources. It was abundantly clear that students are excited about...

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Did Someone Say Free Knafeh?

Posted by on February 21, 2020 in Blog

February is shaping up to be a busy time in Florida. The Arab American Institute's staff & volunteers were busy educating the community here in Florida about two main topics: the importance of the 2020 Census and why Arab Americans must be counted, and making sure everyone registered to vote for the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 17. AAI had a presence at two different events in the Jacksonville area recently. The first event was hosted by our amazing Hala's Café on February 15 and featured everyone's favorite dessert: knafeh! The knafeh tasting party was an opportunity for...

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