Arab American Political Action Committee

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The Arab American Political Action Committee was formed by a group of Arab American professionals in January 1998. The organization, which states that it is non-partisan and independent from any other existing organization or interest group, has the stated goal of encouraging the political activities of Arab Americans.[1]

About

The mission of the organization is found on their website:[1]

Our primary concern is the Arab American Community as a whole regardless of the personal interests of any individual or group of individuals. Our main objectives are:
  1. Prepare, advise and support Arab American candidates for political offices. Encourage and help Arab Americans to pursue public service careers in all branches of the government.
  2. Maintain contact with non-Arab political candidates, meet with them, discuss their platforms, introduce them to the community and decide whom to support among them.
  3. Lobby on behalf of the Arab American political causes which are of concern to the majority of the community as approved by the members of the organization.

Personnel

2000

As at Oct. 10, 2000, the following were officers for the organization:[2]

Officers:

Committee Chairs:

2010

As at Feb. 20, 2010, the following were officers for the organization:[3] Officers:

Endorsements

One of the key functions of the organization is to endorse U.S., State and local candidates for office.

2001

The following were endorsed for the Nov. 6, 2001 general elections:[4]

Dearborn:

Dearborn Heights:

2010

The following were endorsed for the Nov. 2, 2010 elections:[5]

Annual Dinner

The organization hosts an annual dinner towards the end of each year.

1999

The second annual dinner was held in 1999 and was attended by over 800 people. Osama Siblani welcomed the audience and introduced Samer Jaafar the Chairman of the Endorsement Committee. AAPAC's president Abed Hammoud delivered the organization's message and plans for the future. Congressman David Bonior, the House Minority Whip and U.S Senator Spencer Abraham delivered their addresses. Dr. Mohamad Khansa chaired the Dinner Committee.[6]

The following officials were present at the dinner:

Judges:

Dearborn Heights City Council Candidates:

Wayne County Circuit Court Candidates:

2001

The fourth annual dinner was held on Oct. 26, 2001.[7]

2002

The fifth annual dinner was held on Oct. 25, 2002.[8]

2003

The sixth annual dinner was held on October 24, 2003.[9]

2004

The seventh annual dinner was held on October 29, 2004.[9]

2005

Endorsed candidates at the 8th annual dinner

The eighth annual dinner was held on November 4, 2005 at the Binte Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn. Present at the dinner were John Conyers and Debbie Stabenow.[10]

2006

The ninth annual dinner was held on Nov. 3, 2006 at the Bint Jebail Cultural Center, 6220 Miller Rd, Dearborn. Awards were presented to Congressman John Conyers, Former Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Ali Jawad.[11]

Other Events

2000:

  • On March 14, 2000, Robert Ficano, Wayne County Sheriff, spoke at a dinner for the organization.[12]
  • On April 11, 2000, James Blanchard, Former Michigan Governor & Ambassador, spoke at a dinner for the organization.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 AAPAC: The Organization (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  2. AAPAC: AAPAC Officers, Oct. 10, 2000 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  3. AAPAC: AAPAC Officers, Feb. 20, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  4. AAPAC: AAPAC SLATE, March 29, 2002 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  5. AAPAC website, Oct. 26, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  6. AAPAC: Second Annual Dinner (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  7. AAPAC: Annual Dinner, Nov. 30, 2001 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  8. AAPAC: Annual Dinner, Feb. 6, 2003 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  9. 9.0 9.1 AAPAC: Annual Dinner, April 2, 2004 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  10. AAPAC: AAPAC 8th Annual Dinner, Dec. 5, 2005 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  11. AAPAC: AAPAC 9th Annual Dinner, Oct. 31, 2006 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
  12. 12.0 12.1 AAPAC: AAPAC Officers, Jan. 12, 2000 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)