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CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials

posted on: Jan 13, 2021

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
The Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit is a week-long virtual conference that will run Feb 1-5 with a different panel each day.

By: Mariam Kanaan/Arab America Contributing Writer

Arab Americans are becoming more active politically in municipal, regional, state, and all levels of politics. On Day 1 of the Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit you will meet some of the public officials that are making a difference in their respective communities. Connect Arab America will take place Feb. 1-5, 2021 from 7-8 pm ET. Celebrate Arab American unity, heritage, and identity with discussions from exciting speakers in public service, cultural institutions, business innovators, influencers, and exciting artists.  (Register Here)

Meet the Panelists

Ghida Fakhry | Moderator

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Journalist/Presenter Ghida Fakhry

This panel will be moderated by Lebanese broadcast journalist, Ghida Fakhry. Formerly New York Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera, Fakhry is a current affairs program presenter with TRT World, and a moderator for Doha Debates based in Washington, DC. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. | Read more about Ghida Fakhry here.

Rashida Tlaib | Congresswoman

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib is a well-known progressive warrior and, in her own words, “a mother working for justice for all.” Born and raised in Detroit, the proud daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents, she is the Congresswoman for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which includes the city of Detroit and many surrounding communities.| Read more about Rashida Tlaib here.

Fayrouz Saad (LEO) | Executive Director of Global Michigan

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Fayrouz Saad, Director of Global Michigan, State of Michigan

Fayrouz Saad is the Executive Director of Global Michigan and a member of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Cabinet. She also advises the Governor on federal and state immigration policies. Saad spent five years in Washington D.C., supporting the Obama Administration. | Read more about Fayrouz Saad here.

Sam Rasoul | Member, Virginia House of Delegates

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Sam Rasoul | Member, Virginia House of Delegates

The child of immigrants from Palestine, Sam Rasoul has been serving Virginians as the delegate from Roanoke since he was first elected in 2014. In his four terms in the General Assembly, he has consistently prioritized everyday Virginians and the future of our planet in the legislation that he has supported. Read more about Sam Rasoul here.

Abraham Aiyash | Michigan State Representative, 4th House District

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Michigan State Representative, Abraham Aiyash

Born and raised in Michigan, Aiyash’s parents emigrated from Yemen and built a middle-class family in Michigan’s Fourth State House District, where he now serves as the Michigan State Representative. Read more about Abraham Aiyash here.

Mike Khader | City Council President (Yonkers, NY)

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Yonkers, NY City Council President, Mike Khader

A true product of the American dream, Mike’s parents came to America as immigrants with nothing but the hope that their children would work hard, get educated, and give back to the country that welcomed them with open arms. Now is Mike’s chance to see their dream accomplished by serving the City of Yonkers. a city full potential, as he calls it. Read more about Mike Khader here.

Andre Sayegh | Mayor, Paterson New Jersey

CONNECT Arab America 2021: Day 1—Connecting with Public Officials
Mayor of Patterson, New Jersey, André Sayegh

André Sayegh assumed the office of Mayor of Paterson on July 1, 2018, focusing his Administration on stabilizing property taxes, improving public safety, and driving economic development. Read more about Andre Sayegh here.

Connect with Public Officials This February (2021)

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