Join Us in Celebrating the First Annual Immigrant Heritage Month this June!

Posted by on June 02, 2014 in Blog

Today marks the beginning of the first ever Immigrant Heritage Month, a nationwide effort to share people’s stories of immigration in America. Our community, like many others, is proud of our ethnic heritage and together we can highlight narratives of Arab Americans who have contributed so much to so many aspects of America.

Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), an initiative spearheaded by, is an important platform to join many other immigrant communities to underscore how our country’s heritage is built on the diversity and contributions of immigrants. Our combined, coordinated voices can be a...

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Gabr Fellows Sit Down with HuffPost Live

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

Four participants of the inaugural class of Shafik Gabr Fellows sat down with HuffPost Live yesterday to talk about the prestigious program and their misconceptions and newfound realizations about the United States and Egypt. The fellowship incorporates discussion sessions, action projects and trips to Egypt and the United States. Back in June, the 10 American fellows visited Egypt, all for the first time.

“I never knew the depth of Egyptian history and how much contribution they made to the world. In the discussions with my friends, [we saw the desire] to...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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Department of Education Upholds Free Speech

Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Blog

In a victory for free speech, the Department of Education dismisses complaints filed against three California campuses that would have silenced campus activism on Palestine. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAugust 28, 2013Contact: Omar Tewfik Washington, 08/28/2013 - Civil rights organizations led by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus welcomed news that the Department of Education's (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has closed three investigations against three University of California schools, at Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Irvine, which falsely alleged that Palestinian rights activism created an anti-Semitic climate. The complaints underlying the investigation...

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Youth Fellowship Program Launched by NNAAC

Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Blog
By Raouia Briki Summer 2013 Intern The National Network for Arab American Communities NNAAC is launching a new Youth Fellowship Program. The program will host Arab American undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates to participate in leadership development training from September to April 2013-14 at 8 different organizations throughout the US.
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Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Blog
By Matt Haugen Summer 2013 Intern As part of our weekly Brownbag lecture series, Jennifer Salan came and spoke with summer interns. Salan, who currently serves as the Senior Producer on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, is a former AAI Communications Director who got her start in television working on Viewpoint with James Zogby.
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Copts and Queens

Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Blog

By: Alexander MatikaSummer 2013 Intern

“You feel much more like you’re in Egypt now,” said Father Michael Sorial, a priest at St. Mary and St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City. After the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011 and the ensuing power vacuum, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians have been migrating to the United States in large numbers. In 2012, 2,882 Egyptians were given asylum—9.8 percent of all individuals granted asylum—up from 1,026 in 2011 and 531 in 2010, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s...

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From the Rubble: A Cornerstone for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Blog
By: Alexander Matika Summer 2013 Intern On a dusty morning in 2002, during the early stages of the 9/11 recovery operation, rescue workers miraculously discovered a church cornerstone among the ruins of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. Dating to the beginning of the 20th century, the stone was from St. Joseph’s Maronite Church, originally on Washington Street in lower Manhattan, then relocated a few blocks to the northeast to Cedar Street.
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How Many Arab Americans Are There?

Posted by on April 05, 2013 in Blog
As the demographics researcher at the Arab American Institute, I’m often asked about the total number of Arab Americans in the country. Though the question seems simple, the answer is anything but.
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Timing Citizenship in America’s Economic Spirit

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi A recent study explored the impact of changing the immigration status of millions of Americans, and the effect the reform would have on the economy.
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