Playing the Part: Teresa Isaac and Her Vision for An Inclusive Kentucky Community

Posted by Guest on April 02, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Teresa Isaac always dreamed of serving her community after watching her father serve as Mayor of Cumberland. While her father chose the political route, the Isaac family has inextricably linked itself to the history of eastern Kentucky through the arts. Emigrating from Lebanon, her grandparents arrived during the peak mining years in eastern Kentucky to pursue a better livelihood. In an effort to entertain the community, the family used their creative strengths and talents to open a theatre, which proved to be an immediate hit with...

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Meet Our #YallaVote Field Organizers!

Posted by Haley Arata on March 12, 2018 in Blog

 Steven Austerer, Yalla Vote Field Organizer in Massachusetts:

Steven graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Spanish, and obtained his Master of Science in Management from Hult International Business School. Following graduation, he spent the better part of the next decade working with public and private sectors in more than forty countries, including those in the Middle East. During this period, Steven also found time to volunteer on Senator Ed Marley's primary and general campaigns, Congresswoman Katherine Clark's campaigns, and served as field staff on the...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 22, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with most of...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted on February 22, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 13: Misrepresented Realities

Posted on February 02, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 150 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on Voter Suppression Efforts

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 30, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

For AAI’s monthly National Policy Council meeting, Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, was invited to speak on voter suppression efforts. Ho discussed the various voter purge cases including the Ohio case which is headed to the Supreme Court and updated the group on the disbandment of President Trump’s “Voter Fraud Commission.” The meeting also included a brief discussion of the Census Bureau’s decision not to implement a Middle East and North Africa category on the 2020 Census.

NPC members raised questions about the issues Ho discussed, as well as concerns about...

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Statement: AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 26, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Rejection of the “Middle Eastern or North African” Category from the 2020 Census:

Today’s announcement from the Census Bureau that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern or North African” category or use a combined question format is an egregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision comes after the Office of Management and Budget...

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AAI Responds to Rejection of the "Middle Eastern or North African" Category from the 2020 Census

Posted on January 26, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 26, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Rejection of the “Middle Eastern or North African” Category from the 2020 Census:

Today’s announcement from the Census Bureau that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern or North African” category or use a combined question format is an egregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision comes after the Office of Management and Budget...

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The Right to Party: The Legacy of One AAIF Scholarship

Posted by Guest on January 24, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmad

Leah Haidar received a 2017 AAIF Helen Abbott Community Service Award for her outstanding youth leadership and community service. Now in college, we caught up with Haidar, getting details on her groundbreaking Party Project and what she’s doing now.

The Party Project

Haidar started the Party Project as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award possible for Girl Scouts. Haidar explains, “My troop hosted Halloween parties for...

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What Moves People to Action? A Talk with Dr. Dana Fisher

Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...

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