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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Connection and Community Building at The Green Zone

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 24, 2020 in Blog

As part of the Arab American Generations series, AAI jointly hosted a speed networking event with the D.C. chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) on February 19, 2020. Arab Americans from a variety of professional sectors gathered at The Green Zone, an award-winning D.C. bar run by Arab American entrepreneur Chris Hassaan Francke. Attendees were able to mingle and interact with each other, as well as hear from AAI staff about our ongoing efforts with the Yalla Vote and Yalla, Count Me...

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PBS “To the Contrary” Interview with Salma Hayek Pinault and AAI President Jim Zogby

Posted by PBS on February 04, 2020 in News Clips

Bonnie Erbe, the host of the PBS program "To the Contrary" sat down with Salma Hayek Pinault to discuss her activism on improving the lives women and girls around the world, and her pride in her Arab heritage. 

To watch the clip click here:

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Karam Shares Hopes and Concerns for Journalists Today

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 24, 2020 in Blog

Over fifty attendees gathered on Thursday, January 23, 2020 for the first Arab American Generations program hosted at our office in Washington, DC this year. The gathering and discussion brought together Arab Americans and others for an evening with journalist Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent for The National and adjunct professor at The George Washington University. In an intimate conversation with our Executive Director, Maya Berry, Joyce spoke frankly with attendees about navigating the journalism industry, the role of social media and the...

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Apply Now!

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 09, 2020 in Blog

Applications for the 2020 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards are now live!

Eligible high school and college students are encouraged to apply for the Arab American Institute Foundation's scholarship, which is awarded annually to students who demonstrate commitment to community service and pride in their Arab heritage. 

Click here to learn more and access the 2020 application form. Applications will close on March 1, 2020. 

Want to learn more about the Helen Abbott awards? Scroll through below to get answers to our Frequently Asked Questions:

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Arab American Roster

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Arab American Roster

The Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life lists Americans of Arab descent who hold elected or appointed office on the local, county, state or federal level, as well as party activists.

To view a list of Arab American candidates running for office, click here.Since first published in 1991, the Roster has been a major source of pride for Arab Americans and a much-demanded resource on the breadth and growth of our involvement in the civic and political life of the United States.Most of those listed on the Roster are members of the Arab American Leadership...

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An Introduction to Disinformation, Interference, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

In 2020, for the first time ever, the US Census will allow for online responses. This will be accompanied by an increase in official Census Bureau advertisements, particularly online, including social media. However, Census officials are anticipating targeted campaigns on social media designed to spread disinformation about the decennial census, which will compete with official advertisements for space on timelines and in respondents’ memory.

Ever since the 2016 election, the question of how to deal with disinformation – that is, maliciously spread false information – on social media has made headlines, and social media companies ranging from Facebook...

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#ArabAmericansLead on the Hill

Posted by Kai Wiggins on May 02, 2019 in Blog
“They will see our community through us in Congress, but they will also see our community through proud of who you are.” - Rep. Donna Shalala
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On National Census Day of Action, AAI Launches “Yalla Count Me In”

Posted on April 01, 2019 in Press Releases


April 1, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner 

(202) 429-9210

On National Census Day of Action, AAI Launches “Yalla Count Me In”

WASHINGTON, DC – On April 1, 2019 the Arab American Institute along with a coalition of Arab American organizations formally launches, Yalla Count Me In, a national campaign to Get Out the Count (GOTC) of Arab Americans during the upcoming decennial Census in 2020. This launch corresponds with the National Day of Action hosted by the Census Counts coalition, civil rights groups who are working to ensure all communities, especially those who are designated as 

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