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...Read more
Posted by Guest on February 13, 2019 in Blog
By Ian Tennison
Last week ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) held a policy briefing about educational and healthcare needs of immigrant communities on Capitol Hill. As the largest Arab American social services agency in the United States, ACCESS is one of Michigan’s largest direct service providers.
The briefing consisted of two panels. The first addressed the critical importance of quality education, out-of-school programs in academic, social, and emotional development of immigrant youth. The featured panelists included ACCESS’s Anisa Sahoubah and Rima Meroueh, Margie McHugh from the Migration Policy Institute, and Hannah Matthews from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Each panelist...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on February 08, 2019 in Blog
The Arab American Institute mourns the loss of Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), a giant in American electoral politics and “the Dean” of the House of Representatives. Rep. Dingell spent nearly 60 years in public service in Washington, serving over the course of eleven different presidential administrations. While much evolved in those years, his reputation as a hardworking defender of his constituents and of American values never did.
A tireless advocate for his constituents, he was unwavering on key issues, which earned him much admiration from Arab Americans....Read more
Posted by Yara Beydoun on May 02, 2018 in Blog
April was a busy month as communities across the country celebrated Arab American Heritage Month, and few states were busier than Michigan. I joined in the local festivities to encourage participants to #YallaVote in this year’s elections.
The Arab American National Museum’s Book and Print Festival offered attendees from the greater Detroit & Dearborn communities an opportunity to enjoy art pieces and creations, such as clothing, print making, photography, paint, and literature, from local and ethnic artists. The event’s entertainment featured Arab American artists DJ Tammy Lakkis, DJ Habibti,...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on November 08, 2017 in Blog
Over the past year, we have seen an increase in hate and bigotry towards Arab Americans and American Muslims. Despite the rhetoric and heightened xenophobia, 26 Arab Americans chose to seek public office in the hopes of making a difference in their communities. They spanned the country from California to Massachusetts and Georgia, running for everything from Clerk to State House. Here, we highlight the candidates who ran for office in 2017. There were 21 Arab Americans who made it to the...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on July 28, 2017 in Blog
As Michigan prepares to head to the polls in a little over a week, AAI is excited to highlight Arab American candidates running for office in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights. Local voters will be able to cast ballots for Mayor, the City Council and City Clerk. These local elections are vital because residents have the chance to create personal and professional relationships with their elected officials and discuss issues that most affect them. We’ve provided short biographical profiles on each of the 12 Arab Americans running for office in...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on July 24, 2017 in Blog
Bill Bazzi is a Marine Corps veteran, longtime Michigan resident and a candidate for Dearborn Heights City Council. He is hoping to serve his country again, but this time through public service: “I joined the military because I wanted to do something more. I wanted to serve my community and my country. It’s one of the reasons I am running for City Council. I want to give back and to honor my mother, who believes civic involvement is so important.” With a passion for...Read more
Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog
By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....Read more
Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
Posted by Joan Hanna on February 09, 2017 in Blog
From California to New Jersey, and places in between, like Michigan, local governments are standing for immigrants and refugees. Fahim Abedrabbo was elected in November to the Clifton, New Jersey Board of Education. (BOE) Because Clifton is a diverse, ethnically and religiously rich city, Abedrabbo wanted support the city’s children, regardless of immigration status so he introduced a resolution to that effect. “There has been a [U.S.] law protecting student identities and we as the BOE have an obligation to protect our kids, no matter...Read more