Three Arab American Endorsements Bolster GOP Presidential Bids

Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Blog

(Pictured left to right: John H. Sununu, Justin Amash, Richard Hanna)

Three key endorsements by Arab American elected officials have bolstered the campaigns of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President. Former New Hampshire Governor John  Sununu, Freshman GOP Congressman Justin Amash (MI-3) and Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) have all thrown their weight behind the candidates they believe should win the republican nomination and the presidency.

As a former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, John Sununu has been a key spokesman for the Romney campaign and a surrogate...

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What Ethnic Americans Really Think (2001)

Posted on January 04, 2012 in Reports

We begin with a simple observation—America is a complex society. We are a nation of many diverse groups, each with different backgrounds and experiences. We do not all see life and its many issues in the same way. Shaped by our unique perspectives, we have a variety of beliefs and attitudes.  For some of us, our race, ethnicity or religion is a determining factor that molds our general outlook or our views on specific issues. For others, it may be our income, education or age.  On some issues, we make different assessments based on our gender or our marital status. 

The point we are making here...

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“Save Washington Street”

Posted by on January 03, 2012 in Blog

We first brought the “Save Washington Street” campaign to your attention back in early November, and our original article urged you to take action to preserve this historic site of the first Arab American neighborhood in the United States. Now this campaign has caught the attention of The New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who recently wrote an article about the movement called “Little Syria (Now Tiny Syria) Finds New Advocates” detailing the progress that’s been made and what obstacles remain.

This additional recognition is...

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The Way it Was

Posted on November 21, 2011 in Washington Watch

Shortly after Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, I was invited to a dinner at the Lebanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. in honor of Ray LaHood. LaHood had just been named as Secretary of Transportation, and the Embassy was proud that the grandson of Lebanese immigrants had been named to serve in the new President's cabinet. It was, in many ways, a special night that captured the mood of Washington in early 2009.

The nation was in shock, facing the prospect of collapse of the financial sector. With the homes of millions of Americans threatened...

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Congratulations to NAAP on Their 10th Year Anniversary!

Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Blog
By Maha Neouchy The Network for Arab American Professionals (NAAP) celebrated their 10th year anniversary with a cozy reception on Friday, November 11 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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Turaath: A Night to Remember

Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Blog

By Maha Neouchy

Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America, hosted by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) on Thursday, November 10th was a huge success. This event, the first of its kind, was hosted by the newly-formed ADC Women’s Initiative. Turaath kicked off with a surprise dance performance by the Meejana Dabkeh Troupe, who helped pump up the audience with their energetic dance moves and lively Arabic music. The performance was followed by Rima Fakih, the beautiful Dearborn native and winner of the Miss USA pageant in 2010, who was extremely endearing with her humorous jokes and sentimental...

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In Virginia, a Victory for Ramadan and a Rejection of Fear

Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Blog

Congratulations to David Ramadan, who won his bid for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

David earned tremendous support for his campaign for the 87th District seat, including endorsements from Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Frank Wolf, and a host of delegates from around the Commonwealth.

But David was also the victim of vicious attacks –Arab and Muslim-baiting at its worst. James Lafferty, of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force made it his personal mission to attack David at every turn. (It should be noted that Lafferty and VAST also co-sponsor events with Stop Islamicization of...

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Commemorating “Little Syria”

Posted by on November 02, 2011 in Blog

By Maha Neouchy

Ground Zero has occupied the attention of Americans for over a decade. But a little known fact about the site, which is now being brought to the attention of Americans everywhere, is that it was once home to one of the first Arab American neighborhoods in the U.S. From the 1870s to the 1940s, the Lower West Side in Lower Manhattan on Washington Street was once an Arab American community known as “Little Syria”, “The Mother Colony”, “Bowling Green Village”, or “The Syrian Quarter.” It ran from Battery Park through the current location of the 9/11 Memorial...

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“Egypt: One Year after the Revolution”

Posted on October 24, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Egyptian journalist and author Ashraf Khalil joins Arab American Institute president Dr. Jim Zogby for a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss Egypt one year after the beginning of the uprising. Ashraf Khalil is author of the recently-published book Liberation Square: The Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation. Khalil and Zogby will address the current hurdles facing the Egyptian revolution and their implications for future relations with the U.S.

Event details: The event will take place on Tuesday, January 31 in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Chicago Celebrates Annual Arab Heritage Month

Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Blog

By Maha Neouchy

During the month of November, the Advisory Council on Arab Affairs, one of eight advisory councils of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR), will host its annual Arab Heritage Month in Chicago.

Arab Heritage Month was created to help “eliminate discrimination, bigotry, and racism against people of Arab descent by educating the public about Arab culture, civilization, and contributions to society.” The Advisory Council on Arab Affairs has successfully hosted Arab Heritage Months every year since 1991.

Roxane Assaf, a member of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Arab Affairs, is ecstatic...

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