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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#ArabAmericansLead on the Hill

Posted by Kai Wiggins on May 02, 2019 in Blog
“They will see our community through us in Congress, but they will also see our community through you...be proud of who you are.” - Rep. Donna Shalala
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Florida's Arab American Community Remains Active in 2019

Posted by Basma Alawee on April 17, 2019 in Blog

March was a busy month for the Arab community in Jacksonville, Florida as residents focused on both the mayoral election and the beginning of the legislative session. 

There were several opportunities for residents to meet the mayoral candidates and ask them questions ahead of the March 19th election. The Arab American community had a strong presence in these spaces. Through the questions posed to the candidates, a few themes became apparent, including public safety and a desire to spend taxpayer money responsibly.  

Some of the questions Jacksonville residents asked include: 

What is your solution to violent crime in our community? 

Would you increase funding for the police department? 

Do you favor...

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#YallaVote: Get Involved with the Midterm Elections!

Posted by Haley Arata on October 23, 2018 in Blog

Election Day, November 6th, is right around the corner. We know you all will cast your vote with pep in your step, but what are you doing to make sure others do the same?

Commit to one (or two, three, all) of the following actions to get out the vote leading up to and on Election Day:  1. Make phone calls to registered voters at a Yalla Vote Phone Bank.

Join us at our Washington, D.C. office to make phone calls to voters to make sure they know everything they need to know to get to the polls and successfully cast...

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Michigan GOTV 2018

Posted on October 19, 2018 in #YallaVote

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