Connection and Community Building at The Green Zone

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 24, 2020 in Blog

As part of the Arab American Generations series, AAI jointly hosted a speed networking event with the D.C. chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) on February 19, 2020. Arab Americans from a variety of professional sectors gathered at The Green Zone, an award-winning D.C. bar run by Arab American entrepreneur Chris Hassaan Francke. Attendees were able to mingle and interact with each other, as well as hear from AAI staff about our ongoing efforts with the Yalla Vote and Yalla, Count Me...

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Announcing the 2020 Award for International Commitment

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 24, 2020 in Blog

Buy tickets to the Gibran Gala today!The Arab American Institute Foundation is delighted to celebrate Kamal Mouzawak’s commitment, leadership, and love of community by presenting him with the Award for International Commitment at our 22nd annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, on Wednesday, April 15 in Washington, DC., at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. 

In the fight for a holistic and sustainable future, Kamal Mouzawak finds himself on the front lines. Mouzawak has spent his life living the farm-to-table concept nurtured...

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Announcing the 2020 Najeeb Halaby Award

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 13, 2020 in Blog

Having learned of the contamination of Flint’s water supply, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha moved quickly to collect and produce the scientific data needed to establish the dangers and scope of the threat. Officials had already ignored the complaints of community members, faith leaders and advocates, so Dr. Hanna-Attisha knew that getting the word out to the public was the only way to save lives and protect her pediatric patients. Risking her career and reputation, she publicly pushed back against the officials who attempted to discredit her by calling her ‘hysterical.’ 

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Karam Shares Hopes and Concerns for Journalists Today

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 24, 2020 in Blog

Over fifty attendees gathered on Thursday, January 23, 2020 for the first Arab American Generations program hosted at our office in Washington, DC this year. The gathering and discussion brought together Arab Americans and others for an evening with journalist Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent for The National and adjunct professor at The George Washington University. In an intimate conversation with our Executive Director, Maya Berry, Joyce spoke frankly with attendees about navigating the journalism industry, the role of social media and the...

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100,000 Meals Packed for MLK Day of Service

Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 21, 2020 in Blog

The great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will.” 

On Sunday, January 19th, 2020, we summoned that human will to honor Dr. King's profound legacy for MLK Day of Service. Arab American Generations series participants...

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James Zogby’s Recognized for 'Outstanding Community Service' by René Moawad Foundation

Posted by Edy Semaan on November 04, 2019 in Blog

The René Moawad Foundation honored Dr. James Zogby with an Outstanding Community Service Award during their 26th annual benefit gala held Oct. 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington D.C. under the motto “Giving Hope… Making a Difference.”

In its premiere annual event, the foundation recognized Jim’s life contributions in support of Arab Americans as a community leader of Lebanese descent, especially his pioneering efforts in launching and heading U.S. organizations championing Arab rights in times of anguish and instability.

The foundation, which establishes sustainable...

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Maya Berry Tackles Anti-Semitism and Its Weaponization

Posted by Sofiya Volobuyeva on October 30, 2019 in Blog

Earlier this week, J Street held its annual conference in Washington. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry spoke on a panel called “Fighting Anti-Semitism and its Weaponization in American Politics,” moderated by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Berry was joined by Peter Beinart (City University of New York), Halie Soifer (Jewish Democratic Council of America), and Eric Ward (Western States Center). The panel discussed the rise of antisemitism, as well as its weaponization by the Trump administration and others against critics of the administration and of Israeli policies. The speakers...

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What New American Dreams are Made Of

Posted by Sofiya Volobuyeva on October 22, 2019 in Blog

Last week, over 1,100 people convened in Detroit to work towards realizing the “New American Dreams” of immigrants and refugees. Almost 200 speakers, including the Arab American Institute’s Suher Adi, spoke at the National Partnership for New Americans’ 12th National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC). This is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S., convening policymakers, academics, corporate and community leaders, researchers, faith and labor leaders, and funders from all over the country. The NIIC centered around issue-based 12 tracks, including Census 2020, language access, healthcare, and women’s leadership....

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Emel Mathlouthi Serenades Washington D.C.

Posted by Tess Waggoner on October 18, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation was delighted to host Emel Mathlouthi in concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in partnership with the Artistic Freedom Initiative, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Tunisia Association. The performance marked the last stop of her North America tour for her latest album, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, released on September 27, 2019 by Partisan Records.

After Mathlouthi’s performance at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards last spring, where we presented her with an...

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Posted on September 17, 2019 in Press Releases



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Washington, D.C. – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) welcomed the inaugural cohort of the U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership in Washington, D.C. in September. The Partnership is a pioneering initiative spearheaded by the Arab American Institute Foundation, with support from the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The partnership pairs Arab American public servants with newly-elected officials in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for a year-long co-mentorship exchange that champions decentralization, good governance and public private partnerships....

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