Posted on April 28, 2020 in Press Releases
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CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto
April 28, 2020
Washington, D.C. — Earlier this week, the New York State Board of Elections canceled the Democratic Presidential Primary, which was re-scheduled for June 23, 2020. The Arab American Institute (AAI) requests the New York State Board of Elections to reconsider this decision. This undemocratic decision would silence the voices of nearly 20 million New Yorkers.
In statements to the press, the New York State Board of Elections pointed to the COVID-19 epidemic as the basis for this decision. However, New York state will go forward...Read more
Posted by Elly Rostoum on April 16, 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 Ahmad Alwan of New York, New York.
Ahmad Alwan is a 20-year old New Yorker. He is an aspiring Pharmacy Technician. In his free time, Ahmad works at Lucky Candy, a convenience store his father, who immigrated to the United States from Yemen, has owned for more than a decade. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in...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 on March 09, 2017 in Action Alerts
On March 8, 2017 the New York state Senate fast-tracked & passed three outrageous anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction) bills. These bills are an unconstitutional attack on our First Amendment freedom of speech and will have damaging effects on our efforts to organize around justice for Palestine both in our communities and on college campuses.
The Supreme Court has ruled that participating in a boycott is political speech and is protected by the U.S. Constitution. Historically, boycotts have played a major role in U.S. history and the Supreme Court has defended that constitutional right.
Now that these three bills have been sent...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on September 10, 2016 in Blog
On September 10th, the Tunisian Community Center held a #YallaVote Education and Registration Drive at the Saba Restaurant in Queens. The drive was run with enthusiasm, as the Community Center and its volunteers attempted to get as many as they could to register and vote. The #YallaVote merchandise (t-shirts, buttons, signs, etc.) and tasty treats from the restaurant were a good motivator too! “For the last decade and a half, the #YallaVote campaign represented the greatest tool for the Tunisian Community Center’s voter education efforts. Our latest event, in New York on September 10th, was an opportunity for our team to provide voter...Read more
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 by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 15, 2016 in Blog
Known for his community and work experiences, voting transparency and willingness to put partisan politics aside, Richard Hanna has represented New York’s 22nd district in the House of Representatives since 2011. Of Lebanese descent, Hanna was born and raised in upstate New York. After his father’s sudden death when Hanna was just twenty years old, he became the primary supporter of his mother and four sisters, a responsibility that required Hanna to put his education on hold. After eight years of taking care of his family and paying...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on June 10, 2016 in Blog
On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed an Executive Order that would prevent New York state funds from going to institutions or companies that support the global nonviolent “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement.
By signing an Executive Order preventing state funds from being allocated to institutions that support BDS, New York is suppressing freedom of speech, expression, and association. On Sunday, Governor Cuomo prioritized the economic interests of a foreign ally over our Constitution’s First Amendment.
Numerous perspectives have been offered on this form of nonviolent advocacy — stirring a national conversation and debate on the merits,...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on May 13, 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