Posted by Heba Mohammad on October 02, 2018 in Blog
By Ibrahim Diallo September 25th marked this year’s National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September to register eligible voters and spread awareness of upcoming elections and local opportunities to become civically engaged. As a premier partner of NVRD, AAI coordinated voter registration events with volunteers across the country as part of our Yalla Vote campaign -- which celebrated its 20th birthday this year! This year alone, volunteers collectively organized more than 50 Yalla Vote voter registration events across 18 states. Student...Read more
Posted by Steven Austerer on June 07, 2018 in Blog
Across the country, Yalla Vote organizers are meeting with community members and leaders to remind Arab Americans that their votes matter. As Field Organizer for Massachusetts, I’ve spent the week meeting and speaking with members of The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) and the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) Cambridge to discuss the issues that concern them and how they can take those concerns to the ballot box in November.
The largest mosque in New England, ISBCC is a thriving hub for the community whose members hail...Read more
Posted by Guest on June 05, 2018 in Blog
By Lela Ali
In 2016, the Arab American Institute launched our #YallaVote Hotline. The #YallaVote Hotline is staffed by legal experts and both Arabic and English speakers ready to assist voters with questions or issues at the polls. They are also able to provide legal support to address voter suppression or disenfranchisement in your state.
Today, and on election days throughout 2018, our hotline is up and running. Our phone number has changed since years past, and the #YallaVote Hotline may now be reached at 1-844-YALLA-US (925-5287).
During most...Read more
Posted by Guest on April 16, 2018 in Blog
By: Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: California
Unanimous! That was how the California State Senate adopted the Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 123, proclaiming the month of April as "Arab American Heritage Month." To mark the achievement, I took part in Southern California community events celebrating the month as a Yalla Vote Field Organizer.
Having the Yalla Vote program present at community events is crucial now more than ever. The stakes this election year couldn’t be higher. In terms...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on September 17, 2017 in Blog
Download our #YallaVote Voter Registration Toolkit Here! Launched in 1998, the #YallaVote campaign is the foundation of our grassroots voter mobilization and education programming. With high concentrations of Arab Americans living in some of the largest and most politically contested states – including California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia – we know our community can make a difference on issues that matter to all Americans. That’s why it’s important for our community to be registered and at...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on June 26, 2017 in Blog
William "Chad" Hanna, back left; Senator John F. Kennedy, right.
At the age of 14, in 1904, George Hanna emigrated from Mashta al-Helu, Syria to Pennsylvania, settling in the town of Clymer, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. George supported himself as a businessman, selling housewares in a cart to local coal miners. He was charismatic, an astute entrepreneur, and spoke four languages. Through his military service in World War...Read more
Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
Posted by Arab American Institute on November 01, 2016 in Blog
Posted by Shadi Matar on October 26, 2016 in Blog
AAI was happy to turn out for the Los Angles Arab Film Festival recently and encourage attendees to #YallaVote! Californians from across the state gathered to enjoy realistic portrayals of Arab people, our culture, art and history at the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard, the Festival enjoyed capacity crowds. AAI set up a #YallaVote information table to meet and greet voters as well as...Read more