AAFS and AmeriCorps Vista Join Forces

Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Blog
By Emily Jabareen On November 11th, Arab American Family Services (AAFS) will host a dinner entitled “Breaking Bread, Building Bridges” in association with AmeriCorps Vista. The dinner will highlight the history that the Arab American community and the U.S. Army have shared, and will announce the launch of a project in collaboration with AmeriCorps Vista that will bring together US veterans who served in the Middle East and at-risk immigrant and refugee youth in a tutoring program that is aimed at connecting both groups in a supportive academic setting. The program will aid immigrant and refugee children, particularly those from the Middle East, to view the US military more positively.
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Sara El-Amine: An Arab American on the Obama Campaign

Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Blog

Sara El-Amine has found her calling working as National Training Director for the Obama Campaign, but working in U.S. domestic politics wasn’t quite what she expected. “I always thought I was going to be involved in international politics, I think because I would go to Lebanon during the summers growing up,” said El-Amine about her early ambitions. “I saw the impact of war firsthand, which really makes you care.”

El-Amine grew up as the eldest of five children in a Lebanese-Irish family in Massachusetts, and went on to study diplomacy at Occidental College in California with plans to work for...

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In Virginia, a Victory for Ramadan and a Rejection of Fear

Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Blog

Congratulations to David Ramadan, who won his bid for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

David earned tremendous support for his campaign for the 87th District seat, including endorsements from Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Frank Wolf, and a host of delegates from around the Commonwealth.

But David was also the victim of vicious attacks –Arab and Muslim-baiting at its worst. James Lafferty, of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force made it his personal mission to attack David at every turn. (It should be noted that Lafferty and VAST also co-sponsor events with Stop Islamicization of...

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Obama Nominates Azizah al-Hibri for USCRIF

Posted by on June 07, 2011 in Blog
A White House press release yesterday announced President Obama's nomination of Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, founder of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, to become a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. al-Hibri is also a professor of law at the T. C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and Founding editor of Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy. A White House official referenced al-Hibri's extensive experience and contributions to her field saying she is "a tireless human rights advocate who will be a great asset to the Commission in its work."
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Rich Ashooh

Posted by on May 05, 2010 in Blog
Rich Ashooh has been active in his community throughout his life, and now after decades of success in the business world, he has decided to return to politics in his run for Congress to represent New Hampshire’s First District. After spending the last 15 years as Vice President of Government Relations for the Electronics & Integrated Solutions (E&IS) Operating Group of BAE Systems, he is returning to politics, coincidentally where his career began after graduating from college.
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Farouk Shami: First Palestinian American to Run for Texas Governor

Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Blog

As the first Palestinian American to run for governor in Texas, Farouk Shami embodies the classic “American Dream.” Since coming to the U.S. as a student from Ramallah forty-five years ago, Shami has worked his way to the forefront of the business world and is the Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Although his company has been incredibly successful throughout the world, known for the innovative and extremely popular BioSilk and CHI products, he is now venturing from his role as a businessman into politics. Shami has entered the political scene with a desire to bring economic revival...

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AbiNader, Baadani talk to Army EEO advisors

Posted by on January 21, 2010 in News Clips

On Monday December 14, 2009, Jean AbiNader, AAI board member and COO of the Moroccan Center, and Jamal Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, presented to over 100 U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Advisors studying at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The presentation at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. afforded a timely opportunity to explore issues unique to Arab and Muslim American soldiers in the field.

“As an AAI member, it is really important to me to continue educating people, especially those who can advocate for our community,...

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Amir Omar: City Councilman, Richardson Texas

Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Blog

Of Palestinian and Iranian decent, Republican Amir Omar became the first Muslim to be elected to the Richardson, Texas City Council last May. Omar earned a victory over incumbent Dennis Stewart to occupy the 7th seat of the Richardson City Council. This Texas A&M University graduate is an active member of his community and is involved in over ten local groups and associations. He is a proud member of the Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation board and was honored in January with a Richardson Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Award. His achievements have brought a great sense of pride to both...

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Suzanne Sareini: A Voice for those Unheard

Posted by on July 27, 2009 in Blog

It has been said that no matter where a person goes, there is no place like home. Whether it is the family, friends or traditions, there is no telling of the comforts and joys that a person’s home has to offer, and nobody knows these simple pleasures better than Dearborn City Councilwoman Suzanne Sareini. A life time resident of Dearborn, Michigan, Sareini’s public service began by spending time in her parent’s restaurant. “Their restaurant quickly became a place for members of the community to gather, and a place to help new Americans get on their feet.” Sareini recalls....

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Nick Kahl: Home Is Where the Vote Is

Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Blog

Having spent his adult life volunteering for candidates within the Democratic Party, Nick Kahl decided “it was about time [he] ran, instead of working for candidates who didn’t fully represent the interests of [his] district.” Currently, Kahl is a Precinct Committee Person and Recording Secretary of the Mulnomah County Democratic Party in Oregon and his expansive political background makes him more than qualified to take on the big issues.  Born and raised in East County, Kahl has a deep connection to his hometown and an unwavering commitment to its residents. While he realizes that his district has been held by...

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