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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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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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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AAI Celebrates Ramadan 2019 with Annual Iftar

Posted by Guest on July 03, 2019 in Blog

To celebrate the last week of Ramadan, on June 30th, 2019, AAI hosted its annual Generations Iftar. A packed room of community members gathered together to break their fast and connect to one another in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The iftar was filled with an amalgamation of people from different backgrounds, exchanging laughter, sharing meals, and merging cultures. 

This year, the event was held to raise money for an organization based in Lebanon called Basmeh & Zeitoonah. Basmeh & Zeitooneh was created by a...

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Tree-planting on National Arab American Service Day Roots Us in Community

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

On Saturday, June 15th, the Arab American Institute and the Washington D.C chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) partnered to lead a service project for 15th annual National Arab American Service Day. Volunteers participated in a tree planting at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in northeast D.C with Casey Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to “restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.” 

Participants were divided into groups of 4 and were led by volunteers from Casey Trees, who guided and helped the...

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What Moves People to Action? A Talk with Dr. Dana Fisher

Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...

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Arab American Service Day 2017

Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog

As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017

Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine.  To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...

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Arab Americans on the Ground in California

Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog
The Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) at the University of California, Riverside hosted a #YallaVote registration booth for students on campus this week. The MESC was founded in 2014 and has been a hub for Arab American students on the campus to organize and develop their political identities.
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