Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 30, 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 Nora Shehadah George of Florida.
Nora Shehadah George is an American hero.
Nora is an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) registered nurse, with more than 20 years of experience. She is not a stranger to pain.
With her boys out of the house, she put her house on the market earlier this year and decided to become a travel nurse. “I...Read more
Posted by Basma Alawee on April 17, 2019 in Blog
March was a busy month for the Arab community in Jacksonville, Florida as residents focused on both the mayoral election and the beginning of the legislative session.
There were several opportunities for residents to meet the mayoral candidates and ask them questions ahead of the March 19th election. The Arab American community had a strong presence in these spaces. Through the questions posed to the candidates, a few themes became apparent, including public safety and a desire to spend taxpayer money responsibly.
Some of the questions Jacksonville residents asked include:
What is your solution to violent crime in our community?
Would you increase funding for the police department?
Do you favor...Read more
Posted by Guest on February 16, 2017 in Blog
By Samantha Leathley Individual acts of charity and excellence are what truly lead to lasting change. Helen Abbott, a humanitarian and philanthropist who arrived in Florida’s Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Community in 1989 is a moving example of this truth. Florida is rarely highlighted in Americans’ perceptions as a nexus of racial injustice. However, as the state’s status as a tourist destination grew following the Civil War, housing segregation targeting African Americans was rigorously enforced, as a key component of larger efforts to...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog
There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on October 17, 2016 in Blog
Arab American businessman Tony Khoury does not fit into a traditional box. Khoury is progressive on the environment, tax reform, and women’s reproductive and LGBTQ rights. At the same time, he holds conservative values when it comes to military strength and foreign policy. Khoury is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent in Florida against Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio, and Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, as well as four other third party candidates. After living in Florida for more than three decades, he is proud to represent...Read more
Posted by Guest on October 14, 2016 in Blog
By Mahamad Omar It has been 16 years, 16 years now since the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore effectively decided the closest election in our nation’s history. The result of the election hinged on Florida. The margin of victory triggered a mandatory recount, where under 200 votes in the state would decide the contest between the two candidates. Litigation in select counties started additional recounts, and this litigation ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court in the
Posted by Joan Hanna on June 24, 2016 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.
Posted on June 17, 2016 in Press Releases
At this tragic moment, our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families in the Orlando community. Our hearts are with our allies in the LGBTQ community who courageously have called for love in the face of hate. They are right. There should be no place for hatred and we must continue to stand together and for one another. For those in our community who would like to support the Orlando community, Equality Florida Action, Inc. has launched a “Support Victims of Pulse Shooting”...Read more
Posted on June 16, 2016 in Washington Watch
by James J Zogby We woke up last Sunday morning to news of the senseless slaughter of 49 innocents at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because many of the victims were gay, it appeared that this had been a hate crime. It wasn't long before the killer was identified as Omar Mateen, the American-born son of an Afghan immigrant to the United States. Law enforcement officials cautioned against any rush to judgment insisting that they were still investigating "troubling aspects" of the crime. Nevertheless, as soon as politicians, pundits, and the mainstream media heard the news of...Read more
Posted by Shadi Matar on June 10, 2016 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.Read more