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. 

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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 you...be 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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AAIF Scholarship

Posted on January 18, 2019 in Opportunities


Helen Abbott, friend, humanitarian, and philanthropist, made dreams come true in the Lincoln Park Community of Fort Pierce, Florida. Upon arriving in the community in 1989, Ms. Abbott noticed that most of the individuals needing affordable housing and paying rent were black. The bell of discrimination rang in her head, and her active mind started thinking of ways in which she could become active in her new community. Ms. Abbott donated $500,000 from her personal funds and worked closely with the City’s Housing Authority to secure an...

AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Press Releases

AAI Calls on the RNC and NRCC to Condemn Duncan Hunter’s Bigotry


CONTACT: Omar Baddar

(202) 429-9210

The Arab American Institute (AAI), a non-partisan organization advocating on behalf of the Arab American community, is calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to condemn Duncan Hunter’s bigoted campaign against Arab American challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar.

In a letter to RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers, AAI noted Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s rhetoric and campaign ads, depicting...

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Volunteer with us

Posted on August 23, 2018 in Opportunities

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