The Supreme Court’s split decision that fails to allow implementation of President Obama’s essential immigration programs is an undeniable setback for immigrant communities and the millions of people who would be eligible for relief under DAPA and DACA+. The ruling is disappointing, but it is not an end to our fight. So what do we do now?
Above: Members of Orlando's Muslim and Arab American communities gathered with more than 10,000 people to show a strong, united front against hate, violence and terrorism at a vigil for Orlando on June 13, 2016.
People across the country are coming together to heal, take a stand against hate and show support for the LGBTQ community following the violent attack in Orlando, Fla. on June 12, 2016, fueled by hate and homophobia, that took away so many innocent lives. (Read the full statement here.)
The Arab American Community Center of Florida (AACC), one of our member organizations, has been outspoken with their support, encouraging Arab and Muslim Americans to attend vigils, help the victims' families and donate blood.
We are grateful that the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) was able to play a key role in the White House's Regional Convening on New Americans in Dearborn, Mich. on May 13, 2016.
Are you interested in improving the standing of the national Arab American community? Apply today to be a Membership Manager with the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) based in Dearborn, Mich.
Greetings! I'm Suhaib Al-Hanooti, the newest member of the National Network for Arab American Communities' (NNAAC) growing team.
As NNAAC's Advocacy and Civic Engagement Specialist, I will be working directly with NNAAC's member organizations to advocate and mobilize on issues that matter to the Arab American community. Advocacy has always been my passion, so I am thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to working with and learning from everyone at NNAAC.
NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth Fellowship Program) develops crucial leadership skills in select university students across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.
Get to know Isra Daraiseh, one of our 2015-16 fellows, in our interview with her below.
"I joined NNAAC's Transformative Fellowship Program because I have always wanted to reconnect with my Arab roots and do something meaningful around community building and non-profit work."
We're so proud of and grateful for the almost 400 volunteers, mostly youth, who joined us and ACCESS for National Arab American Service Day in Detroit on Saturday, May 14. What a transformation at Detroit Public Schools' DIT Cody High School! It's amazing what we can accomplish in just a few hours when we all work together.
See what we did below!
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12th Annual Service Day includes dozens of Arab American-led projects across the country
DETROIT—A group of 400 community volunteers and students from eight Dearborn and Detroit high schools teamed up for a major renovation of Detroit Public Schools’ Cody High School for National Arab American Service Day on May 14, 2016.
Several classrooms at the Detroit Institute of Technology (DIT) at Cody High School were in dire need of new ceilings. The old ceilings were unsafe and tiles had been falling down, some striking students. Several bathroom stalls were also missing doors, and the building's exterior and surrounding grounds needed a lot of attention. ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S., partnered with The Greening of Detroit to renovate and beautify DIT at Cody High School and nearby Stein Park for Service Day. Volunteers began the process of installing new drop ceilings in classrooms, painted outdoor courts, planted a community garden and a butterfly garden, cleaned up debris, built a walking path and cleaned up nearby abandoned lots.
We're so proud of and grateful for the almost 400 volunteers, mostly youth, who joined us and ACCESS for National Arab American Service Day in Detroit on Saturday. What a transformation at Detroit Public Schools' DIT Cody High School! It's amazing what we can accomplish in just a couple of hours when we all work together. Watch the video below to see what we did!