#YallaVote This Super Tuesday!

Posted by Heba Mohammad on March 03, 2020 in Blog

March 3, 2020 is Super Tuesday, and 14 U.S. states & territories are casting ballots today. Of those states, four of them---California, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia---have large populations of Arab Americans that are expected to #YallaVote at the polls. With high voter turnout expected, the #YallaVote Voter Protection Hotline is at the ready to support voters who have any questions or run into issues at the polls. Call the #YallaVote Hotline at 844-YALLA-US (925-5287), and learn more about today's elections in California, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia.


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Media Advisory: Election Protection 2020 Hotlines and Field Programs Stand Ready to Assist Voters

Posted on February 24, 2020 in Press Releases


For more information about the teleconference, contact: press@lawyerscommittee.org at 202-662-8327. 

For more information about AAI's #YallaVote Voter Protection Hotline, contact: Edy Semaan at esemaan@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210.

February 24, 2020

Problems at the Polls? Election Protection 2020 Hotlines and Field Programs Stand Ready to Assist Voters

Media Teleconference this Tuesday, February 25 at 11 AM EDT

WHAT: Press Call to discuss the efforts of Election Protection 2020 to assist voters who have questions or encounter problems when voting. Election Protection is a year-round non-partisan resource for voters.  For the past 19 years, the Election Protection program, the...

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A Weekend of Arab Xpressions

Posted by Ahmad Abuznaid on February 21, 2020 in Blog

On February 15, 2020, the Yalla, Count Me In! team had the chance to attend Arab Xpressions at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. We engaged community members in conversations about the #2020Census, making sure to educate the diverse crowd of students, families, and community members about our get out the count efforts and the importance of the census, all while passing out cool swag that every attendee loved. In addition to our census conversations, we assisted a student organization with its voter registration efforts using our #YallaVote resources. It was abundantly clear that students are excited about...

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Did Someone Say Free Knafeh?

Posted by Basma Alawee on February 21, 2020 in Blog

February is shaping up to be a busy time in Florida. The Arab American Institute's staff & volunteers were busy educating the community here in Florida about two main topics: the importance of the 2020 Census and why Arab Americans must be counted, and making sure everyone registered to vote for the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 17. AAI had a presence at two different events in the Jacksonville area recently. The first event was hosted by our amazing Hala's Café on February 15 and featured everyone's favorite dessert: knafeh! The knafeh tasting party was an opportunity for...

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AAI Marks 54th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Posted by Tess Waggoner on August 08, 2019 in Blog

On the evening of August 6, 2019, AAI joined leading civil rights and advocacy organizations in a candlelight vigil at the foot of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. to mark the 54th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Organizers called on Congress to restore the critical voting rights protections that were gutted in the Shelby v Holder Supreme Court decision.

Describing the significance of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry stated, “Underrepresented communities in the United States, including Arab Americans, continue to face...

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New Jersey Voter Registration Forms Now Available in Arabic!

Posted by Guest on July 17, 2019 in Blog
While certain municipalities around the country offer Arabic voter registration forms, New Jersey is the first state in the nation to release them statewide.
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Arab American Roster

Posted on July 10, 2019 in Arab American Roster

The Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service and Political Life lists Americans of Arab descent who hold elected or appointed office on the local, county, state or federal level, as well as party activists.

To view a list of Arab American candidates running for office, click here.Since first published in 1991, the Roster has been a major source of pride for Arab Americans and a much-demanded resource on the breadth and growth of our involvement in the civic and political life of the United States.Most of those listed on the Roster are members of the Arab American Leadership...

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Time to Restore the Voting Rights Act

Posted on June 25, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner



June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks the six-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder – a decision that eliminated a core element of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). The Arab American Institute joins other civil rights organizations and allies to mark June 24-30 as a Shelby Week of Action to push Congress to act to restore the VRA and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).  

The VRA aimed to protect the rights of American voters, particularly minority voters, from institutional discrimination and disenfranchisement....

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The Damaging Legacy of Shelby v. Holder

Posted by Guest on June 24, 2019 in Blog

Lately, the integrity of our democracy, including the fundamental right to vote, is regularly under fire. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) plays an integral role in the protection, or lack thereof, of the democratic rights of citizens. Next week, June 25, 2019 marks the anniversary of the landmark Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Six years later, the decision continues to have a lasting impact on voting rights and the disenfranchisement of voters nationwide.


For almost five decades, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 protected the...

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A Narrow Win Against Racial Gerrymandering: Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2019 in Blog

AAI staff and Spring 2019 interns participated in a rally at the Supreme Court on the day of oral arguments in the case.

On June 17, 2019, the Supreme Court dismissed the case Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, in which the Virginia House of Delegates tried to appeal a lower court decision which declared the 2011 Virginia House district maps were unconstitutional as a result of racial gerrymandering. 

This case dates back to 2014, when a group of Virginia voters alleged that the Republican-controlled Virginia...

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