Arab American Heritage Month Feature

Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 08, 2020 in Blog

April is Arab American Heritage Month, and this year, we’re recognizing it by sharing a story each week of an Arab American hero on the frontline of community service in the fight against COVID-19. Meet Sirene Abou-Chakra of Detroit, Michigan.

What do you think when you hear #DetroitStrong? People. People whose commitment to lifting up others is legendary and whose grit is defined by never, ever giving up in the face of great adversity. That spirit is what so many find inspiring about Detroit and its people, and it is what...

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2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles

Posted on February 19, 2020 in ELECTION CENTRAL 2020

AAI has active profiles for all 2020 Presidential candidates, which are continuously being updated with new information.


Super Bowl Sparks Pride

Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 03, 2020 in Blog

Last night’s Super Bowl brought Arab Americana into the homes of many in unprecedented ways. The evening’s roster was a major source of pride for many Arab Americans. 

First, it was a historic night as Robert Saleh became the first Arab American known to coach in a Super Bowl. The Detroit Free Press reported on the mood in Dearborn: 

“It just feels like it’s just one of us, 'cause he went to school with us, he knows people we know,” said Ashraf Dabaje, 35, who celebrated San...

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The Call for Change in Iraq

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 29, 2019 in Blog

Iraq reels from news reports that a masked gunmen fired upon protesters in Karbala earlier today, killing 18 people. The event caps off a dark month of October in country, over 16 years since the U.S. invasion. In total, at least 240 people have been killed and at least a staggering 8,000 people have been injured in widespread protests which have been met by an authoritarian response of violence and repression. This comes as President Trump continues to remove U.S. assistance from counter-terrorism and humanitarian efforts throughout the Middle East, while re-focusing U.S. attention where he...

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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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Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in Washington, DC

Posted by Anastasia Horn on August 22, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is excited to host Emel Mathlouthi on October 17th, 2019 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.  A Tunisian musician whose songs focus on peace and justice, her work was banned in her home country from 2008 to 2011.  During the 2011 revolution, her song “Kelmti Horra” (My Word is Free) became a rallying cry for the protesters, especially after she was filmed singing it in the streets of Tunis.  In 2015, she performed an awe-inspiring rendition of “Kelmti Horra” in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, where Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was...

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August Recess

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!


Summer Internships: Deadline has passed!

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Internships

  Application deadline has passed! We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 summer internship program. 

  Internships at the Arab American Institute provide an exciting opportunity for undergraduate, masters, and law students or recent graduates to gain experience in civil rights advocacy, public policy, and civic engagement. Each summer, AAI accepts ten exceptional applicants, with three or four typically placed internally at AAI and others placed externally at partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

About our Summer Internship Program:

Previous external interns have...


Tell your Congressperson to Co-Sponsor, Support H.Res.496

Posted by Tess Waggoner on July 17, 2019 in Blog
H.Res.496 which affirms the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, and that includes advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
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This Weekend's New Immigration Enforcement Raids Are More Institutionalized Cruelty

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 22, 2019 in Blog

For resources on what to do if you fear being approach by immigration officials, in English and Arabic, please see our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Beginning early tomorrow morning, federal immigration officials will begin conducting a mass roundup of migrant families in and near ten cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Mark Morgan, the...

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