Viewpoint with Jim Zogby: Maya Berry

Posted on November 04, 2015 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

    This week's guest is Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute. In 1996 she established AAI’s first Government Relations department, which she led for 5 years before becoming Legislative Director for House Minority Whip David Bonior, where she developed policies on international relations, human rights, trade, and immigration. Berry started her career in public service working for ACCESS, the nation's oldest and largest Arab American human services non-profit. Berry is also the founder of MidAmr Group, a private consulting firm dedicated...

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2015 Arab American Candidates

Posted on November 03, 2015 in Arab Americans in Political Life


The Arab American Institute proudly recognizes Arab Americans running for elected office across the country. From local school boards, to the United States House of Representatives, Arab Americans are serving their communities and our country in innumerable capacities. Head over to our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life for a list of...

Presidential Candidates Court Arab American Vote at AAI's #Yalla2016 National Leadership Conference

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 30, 2015 in Blog
Presidential candidates Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Governor John Kasich (R-OH), Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addressed the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan to outline their understanding of the Arab American community and our issues. Ahead of every presidential election year, AAI invites every Republican & Democratic candidates seeking their Party’s nomination to address the conference and persuade the Arab American to vote in their favor. There are over 3.7 million Arab Americans, nationwide, highly concentrated in some of the most politically contested states including Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Arab American community has one of the highest rates of voter participation among ethnic minorities with over 88% of the Arab American community registered to vote and of those registered, 90% say they are likely to vote in upcoming national elections. The Arab American vote has become a nationally courted constituency for Democrats and Republicans alike. Below are highlights from the candidates who were able to join us.
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Amy Dacey, CEO of the Democratic National Committee, Addresses #Yalla2016

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

AAI’s National Leadership Conference was pleased to have Amy Dacey offer remarks highlighting the Democratic National Committee’s inclusivity and stance on issues that matter to the Arab American community. Ms. Dacey’s remarks can be watched in full below. Amy Dacey is the CEO of the Democratic National Committee. Dacey began her career at the National Foundation of Women Legislators. During the 2000 election cycle she was the Deputy Political Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She then served as the Deputy Political Director on the Democratic Senatorial Committee for the 2002 election cycle; the National Political Director of...

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Presidential Candidate Gov. Martin O'Malley Hears Stories from Arab Refugees

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 23, 2015 in Blog
On Friday, October 23rd presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley met with recently resettled refugees during the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016. Governor O’Malley met with Radhia Fakhrildeen, Moustafa Assad, and Noor Al Dabbagh to hear their personal stories and experiences of resettling in the United States
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 32: Welcome Refugees

Posted on October 02, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: U.S. mayors welcome refugees, UNGA speeches, a new Speaker on deck and more
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of September 21st

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on September 25, 2015 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

It’s National Voter Registration Day – but Where are the Young Voters?

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What's a Less Offensive Term for “Mexican” or “Arab” or “Muslim”?

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 23, 2015 in Blog
As Oscar Martinez had to tell Michael Scott, “Mexican isn’t offensive.” Neither is “Arab” or “Muslim.”
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Just to Reiterate, Bigotry Has No Place in the Public Discourse

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 18, 2015 in Blog

 Last night, Donald Trump’s exchange at a New Hampshire town hall meeting revealed anti-Muslim bigotry which should have no place in this election or any public discourse in our country. You can watch the whole thing here on CSPAN in case you missed it. The moment captured three things: willful ignorance about the faith and citizenship of the President of the United States; fear mongering about American Muslims; and the growing normalization of anti-Muslim and often anti-Arab bigotry not only in the limited setting of Trump’s town hall, but in the mainstream conversation surrounding regrettable events like this.

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of September 14th

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on September 18, 2015 in Blog
This week on Yalla Vote's 2016 election news roundup: Senate races in Ohio and Illinois intensify, Arab American Darin LaHood goes to Congress, and Party leaders in Congress face major challenges to their positions of power.
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