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