Arab Americans Launch Yalla Vote Campaign with Party on July 12

Posted on July 05, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2016 Contact: / 202-429-9210 Media Advisory  Arab Americans Launch Yalla Vote Campaign with Party on July 12  Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 12, the Arab American Institute will launch its annual get-out-the-vote effort known as Yalla Vote during “Yalla Party” at Busboys and Poets Restaurant on 14th St. NW. This non-partisan kickoff event will focus on educating community members on how they can help organize voters ahead of Election Day to make sure Arab American voices are heard. In addition to presentations focusing on GOTV...

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Arab Americans Host Comedy Show for RNC Delegates, July 19

Posted on June 29, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2016 Contact: / 202-429-9210 Media Advisory “Banned: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans & American Muslims” Comes to 2016 Republican National Convention Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 19, the Arab American Institute Foundation will host “Banned: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans and American Muslims” comedy show at Cleveland’s historic Hanna Theatre. Featuring nationally known comedians Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid, the event will use humor to break down cultural barriers and celebrate commonalities. RNC delegates will also be able to meet and mingle with Arab American...

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Increase in Airline Passenger Discrimination Must Be Addressed Briefing for Congressional Staffers Tackles How to End It

Posted on June 24, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2016 Contact: Media Advisory Increase in Airline Passenger Discrimination Must Be Addressed Briefing for Congressional Staffers Tackles How to End It Washington, DC – On Tuesday, June 28, the Arab American Institute will hold a congressional briefing for Hill staffers at 10AM to discuss the recent increase in cases of airline passenger profiling and discrimination. The panel will also review concrete ways in which Congress can address the issue. Due to the early hour, coffee and pastries will be served.   “These cases of arbitrary, humiliating...

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Standing with our LGBTQ Allies

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”...

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Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice

Posted on April 22, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210   Arab American Leaders and Students Advocate for Justice 170+ in DC for Hill & Administration Meetings   April 22, 2016 (Washington) As part of its 18th Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala, the Arab American Institute organized its annual advocacy days on Capitol Hill and the White House. This year, AAI partnered with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the National Network for Arab American Communities (NAAC), and the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) to host...

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#Yalla2016 National Leadership Conference Press

Posted by Waseem Mardini on November 04, 2015 in Blog

Read on for press coverage of the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference, which was held October 23 - 25 in Dearborn, Michigan

The Arab American News

Arab American leaders, presidential candidates to hold conference in Dearborn

Detroit Free Press

Arab Americans to set political agenda in Dearborn talks

Detroit Free Press

Democrat O'Malley slams anti-Islam hate in Dearborn also via USA Today

Detroit News

Refugees share stories at Arab-American summit

The Arab American News

Presidential candidate O'Malley on refugees: We can...

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Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley Comes to UM-Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Journal on October 27, 2015 in News Clips


Presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley visited the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Oct. 23.

O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, came to Dearborn to speak at the Arab American Institute’s Yalla Vote: 2016 Leadership Summit. 

This invitation was given to all of the presidential candidates; O’Malley was the only one to accept. 

“Our student government president (Bradley Pischea) and other university student organizations invited him to our campus after learning that he was scheduled to be in town,” said Ken Kettenbeil, vice chancellor of external affairs.

The Arab American Institute invited O’Malley to speak to...

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Presidential candidates court voters at Arab-American conference

Posted by Middle East Eye on October 26, 2015 in News Clips

DEARBORN, United States - Citing the Chapel Hill murders and other attacks against Arabs and Muslims, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday called on Arab Americans to increase their political participation as a defence against discrimination and profiling.

Sanders was one of four presidential hopefuls to address attendees of the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in an attempt to court the Arab vote.

In a video message, Vermont Senator Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, reiterated his position against economic and social inequality.

"In America today, we have a system that works really well for...

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Martin O'Malley touts foreign policy plan in Dearborn

Posted by The Michigan Daily on October 24, 2015 in News Clips

By Samantha Witner

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, spoke on the University’s Dearborn campus Friday afternoon, highlighting elements of his vision for foreign policy related to the Middle East.

His speech was one event of the three-day Yalla Vote summit held by the Arab American Institute, a national nonprofit. The summit’s goal was to provide an opportunity for leaders of the Arab American community to engage with presidential candidates and politicians on international issues. Arab Americans make up about one third of the city’s population.

The AAI said all presidential candidates were invited to...

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Liberty City, Arab American Institute cite Facebook posts in call for Bailey to return donation

Posted by Newsworks on August 27, 2015 in News Clips

Both the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club and the Arab American Institute issued statements on Wednesday calling on Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey to return a campaign contribution from a resident who posted online content they deemed homophobic and racist.

However, the donor in question, Andrew Terhune, told NinetyNine that his posts were nothing more than attempts to spark a debate among his Facebook friends, and that he's neither homophobic nor anti-Arab.

Bailey did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, but Joseph J. DeFelice, executive director of the Philadelphia Republican Party, did.

"It's a ridiculous story," he said....

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