Meet our Transformative Leaders Fellow of 2018/19

AzizP-0902.jpgPeter Aziz is an Egyptian-American of Coptic descent, born in Sunny Southern California. Peter earned his B.A. in Public Policy from UC Riverside and is pursuing his Master’s degree also in Public Policy and Administration.

He has a deep-rooted passion for social mobility and change that developed during his time studying Policy in undergrad. Peter wanted to further connect this change for social justice by expanding on the issues facing the Coptic diaspora and saw a need for joint efforts of social movements amongst the wider Arab American community.

As his motivation comes from community organizing amongst the Coptic community, he hopes to build bridges amongst the Arab American community in Southern California through civic engagement as he joins the Arab American Civic Council as the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellow of 2018-19.

Welcome to the AACC team, Peter!

Arab Americans gear up to vote in Orange County

The Arab American Civic Council  recently launched its voter outreach campaign to mobilize Arab Americans to participate in the upcoming elections to help restore justice, fairness and equality in our country. Focusing on Orange County, the Arab American Civic Council reached out to more than 5000 Arab American voters over the past couple of months at community events and through phone banking and canvassing.

Register to vote here

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With support from the National Network for Arab American Communities, AACC’s team is empowering and activating thousands of local Arab Americans prior to the November 6 midterm elections. AACC’s staff and volunteers are on the ground registering new voters at community events and gatherings and educating them about the upcoming elections.

Orange County has emerged as a political battleground ahead of the November midterm elections as Democrats and Republicans compete over Congressional Districts 39, 45, 48, and 49.  Arab Americans are determined to come out to vote in massive numbers and make sure the issues that impact them such as immigration, travel ban, and racial profiling, are addressed.

IMG_8967.jpgLocally, the Mayoral race in Anaheim, which is home to a large concentration of Arab Americans and immigrant communities, is one of the most important races.  

AACC partnered with a wide range of local organizations to host the Anaheim Mayoral Candidate Forum to be held on Thursday, October 18 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim. 

For election FAQ’s click here.

AACC takes part in Arab American Leadership Days in Washington DC

96a96140-700d-4214-acc7-d53c4f174c2eThe Arab American Civic Council participated in the Arab American Leadership Days on April 26-28 in Washington D.C. During these three busy but inspiring days, more than 20 National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) member organizations – in partnership with the AAI, ADC, and NAAP – gathered in D.C. for seminars and meetings with partners and elected officials. Representatives from these organizations also spent an entire day on the Hill meeting with their representatives and senators on issues and educating them on the needs of Arab Americans.

AACC Executive Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh joined other Orange County delegates at meetings with the offices of Rep. Lou Correa and Sen. Kamala Harris to address issues such as surveillance, immigration, the travel ban, CVE, refugee resettlement, and the implications of anti-BDS legislation on our communities.