Vincent Sheheen: Moving South Carolina Forward

Posted by on September 02, 2010 in Blog

Vincent Sheheen is your friendly neighborhood state legislator, a conservationist, an avid outdoorsman, and a family man – and he just might be South Carolina’s next governor.  On June 8th of this year, State Senator Vincent Sheheen became the official Democratic candidate for Governor of South Carolina.  He intends for November 2nd to be the day he officially takes on that role.  The Sheheen family has a long history in South Carolina.  Vincent’s great grandfather came to the U.S. from Lebanon, arriving in Virginia and walking down to Camden, where he ended up settling down and opening...

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Today is Primary day in Arizona, Florida, Alaska, and Vermont

Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Blog

Elections today in four states. If you live in Arizona, Florida, Alaska or Vermont, make sure you visit your local polling place today. For more information on how and where to vote, click here.  We also have some Arab Americans on the ballot in Arizona -- five candidates in total, including Matt Heinz who we recently featured! Check back for updates on how their races went.  

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Frontline Democracy: Colorado State Representative Joe Rice

Posted by on August 06, 2010 in Blog

The epithet “dedication to public service” is often overused by politicians to the point of cliché. Yet a recent conversation with District 38 Colorado State Representative Joe Rice (D) presented a rare and inspiring image of a public servant dedicated to his country and constituents.  At the age of 17, Rice signed up with the US Army Reserves and has since served on active duty in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. In public office, Rice first served as a Councilman, then Mayor of Glendale, Colorado, and finally as a State Representative since 2006.

In discussing his heritage, Rice explained...

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Happy 90th Birthday Helen!

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
The great Helen Thomas turns 90 today.
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The Treatment of Shirley Sherrod

Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Blog
"As an Arab-American, I know too well the pain of this scourge, and the consequences many in my community have faced as result of this sordid game."
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Matt Heinz: Healing Arizona with a Superhuman Work Ethic

Posted by on July 02, 2010 in Blog

Working the graveyard shift as a medical professional can be an extremely taxing experience. How about negotiating that with the demands of a daytime job as well? Arab American Arizona State Representative Matt Heinz does just that—legislator by day, doctor by night, Heinz serves his community in a multitude of ways.  Born in Michigan, Heinz is half Lebanese and half German. His grandfather immigrated to Colorado, where his mother was born. Describing visits with his grandfather as a child, Heinz recalls his welcoming nature interspersed with occasional inappropriate remarks in Arabic. Heinz attended Albion College in Michigan...

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Face of AAI

Posted on June 21, 2010 in Arab American Institute

For 25 years, AAI members have been our voice, our face, our support—our raison d’être. Use our interactive gallery below to take a look at the members who have helped us reach this landmark. Click here to share your own story and memories of our first quarter century.

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Arab Americans on the Ballot: 2010 Election Results

Posted on June 09, 2010 in Arab American Institute


• State Senator Paula Aboud (D-28th District) for reelection: Won • State Representative Matt Heinz (D-29th District) for reelection: Won • State Representative Michele Reagan (R-8th District) for State Senator (8th District): Won


• Sam Abed for Mayor of Escondido: Won

• Bill Dalati for Anaheim City Council: LostCandidate Statement

• U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-49th District) for reelection: Won • Ferial Masry (D) for 37th Assembly District: Lost

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Helen Thomas

Posted by on June 08, 2010 in Blog
For years now Helen Thomas has been a challenging voice asking tough questions and refusing to accept evasions from White House spokespersons whose job it is to give as little information as possible.
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Arab-American Group Bestows Gibran Awards

Posted by Victor Shiblie on June 03, 2010 in News Clips

Special to the Diplomatic Pouch contributed by Victor Shiblie

Khalil Gibran was a 19th-century Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist whose work continues to inspire millions of people many years after his death. In his memory, the Arab American Institute (AAI) Foundation recently bestowed its annual Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards at a dinner marking the foundation’s 25th anniversary.

The April 21 gala, held at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel, attracted 700 people from across the nation.

The Corporation for National and Community Service received AAI’s Award for Institutional Excellence, while Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was honored...

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