With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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With Elections on the Horizon, Arab Americans Have Much to Be Proud Of

Posted by on October 08, 2012 in Blog

As we head into the 2012 elections, it is important for the community to know that our voice counts and that we can make a difference this election. In a number of ways, we already have. The Arab American community has worked tirelessly in many states throughout the nation to register new voters and become more integrated into the political process. Today, not only are Arab Americans voting in record numbers, they are helping to influence the outcome of races like never before. In Paterson, New Jersey we saw how organized Arab American community...

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The Arab American Vote: 2012

Posted on October 01, 2012 in Washington Watch

Arab Americans matter. Well integrated into all spheres of American life, Arab Americans are teachers, medical professionals, auto-workers, and first responders. In communities across the country the Arab American business community is a key to local prosperity. Arab Americans are also a bridge to their countries of origin, providing critical political and business insights into developments unfolding in the MENA region. And Arab Americans have been termed "the weak link in America's civil liberty chain" - because the rights of the community are sometimes put at risk by aggressive unconstitutional law enforcement practices. 

In an election year, in several areas...

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Zogby: Poll Shows Arab Americans Are Key Constituency in Several Swing States

Posted on September 24, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact Omar Tewfik(202) 652-4988 September 24, 2012

Arab American Institute to Release Survey on Arab American Vote in 2012

Washington, DC – On Thursday, September 27 2012, AAI will release the findings of its recently conducted poll on the Arab American vote, a key constituency in important swing states in this election. AAI will also make available data from similar surveys conducted over the past decade on the Arab American vote.

Dr. James Zogby said:

“A significant number of Arab American votes are up for grabs in this election. As our data going back to...

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Sawyer Versus Scott: The Ultimate Showdown?

Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog

Voter suppression has been the story of the 2012 elections, and Florida has been in the thick of it.Last week, a federal court upheld the U.S. Department of Justice’s finding that Florida’s 2011 law narrowing early voting to 8 days would place an unfair burden on minority voters in 5 counties: Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe.  To circumvent the court ruling, state election officials suggested that these counties offer 12 hours of voting during the 8 days. Four counties agreed. But Harry Sawyer said no.“My opinion was that the old law worked fine” said Sawyer, the Monroe County...

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Arab Americans at the Conventions

Posted on August 15, 2012 in Arab American Institute

Arab Americans at the Republican National Convention

California

Mayor Sam AbedAlternate Delegate, District 50 

Sam Abed, mayor of Escondido, CA, has been an active member of his community ever since immigrating to the United States from Lebanon in 1987. For Abed, becoming a U.S. citizen “was one of the proudest days of my life”. In 2004, Abed ran for city councilman and won. This was only the beginning of his political career. In 2010, he became mayor of Escondido. As mayor, Abed believes “we have come to a crossroads in the...

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Make Your Voice Heard: Arab American Week of Action

Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog

The 2012 elections are heating up, and AAI has been working to keep you informed of key election developments in your state and nationwide. Now, we need your help to ensure that the Arab American community has a voice in the lead up to November.

Join AAI and NNAAC in mobilizing Arab Americans across the country to meet with their representatives in the home district office during our Week of Action from August 13-17. Building and sustaining a relationship with your elected official is one of the most important ways to effectively advocate on your issues. Our...

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DHS Boosts Florida Voter Purge

Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Blog

Governor Rick Scott's controversial voter purge was revitalized last week, when the Department of Homeland Security granted Florida access to its Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database. The SAVE database will give election officials the identification numbers of non-citizens living legally in the United States, providing Gov. Scott's administration with another method of adding names to the list of those considered ineligible to vote.

Florida’s voter purge is just one part of a widespread effort to restrict voter turnout and GOTV efforts, which is taking place in some 27 states across...

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Hezbollah Goes West

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Blog

Earlier this week, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Chair of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced H.R. 6067, titled the Western Hemisphere Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bill provides for an American response to a favorite bugaboo of conservative foreign policy types: the supposedly growing threat of Hezbollah’s operations in Latin America. The only problem is that the threat is overblown. Hezbollah’s activities in Latin America are limited to fundraising, not operations, and the idea that these activities threaten American interests is absurd on its face.

The idea of Hezbollah...

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Allen West’s Gain is GOP’s Loss

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Blog

Florida Congressman Allen West (R-22) has a history of deplorable behavior. While serving in Iraq, the former Lt. Colonel was involved in a prisoner abuse scandal and was relieved of his command for firing his weapon multiple times next to a detainee’s head. Today, Rep. West, a Tea Party favorite, is an extremely visible GOP spokesperson and is increasing his public profile by positioning himself as a non-politically correct, “tell it like I see it” member of Congress.  But Rep. West is hardly the “no nonsense” kind of politician many people admire. In many ways, he represents the exact opposite,...

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