AADC Endorsements for April 2, 2019 election

AADC Endorsements for April 2, 2019 election

The Arab American Democratic Club is proud to endorse the following Arab Americans candidates for public office in the upcoming April 2, 2019 General Election.

All of the candidates have a proven track record of activism in education and government.

“It’s very important for Arab Americans to take the time to vote in the April 2, 2019 elections,” said AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil.

“We’re proud that more and more Arab Americans are engaging in the election process seeking election to important public service positions in school districts, and in municipal districts. It’s a statement of their commitment to this country.”

Khalil noted that early voting began March 18 and is continuing up until the election. 

“You can vote today. But it’s important that you vote. You need to encourage your family, relatives, neighbors and friends to vote, too,” Khalil said.

“It is important that Arab Americans have a voice in our community and in our government. We care about our schools. We care about our communities. We care about our American society and we also have great pride in our ethnic heritage that if other Americans took the time to understand would recognize how caring and cultural rich our heritage is.”

AADC Political coordinator Ray Hanania said that the race for trustee at Moraine Valley Community College is important, noting, “As a former Moraine Valley Community College student who went on to Northern Illinois and the University of Illinois, and as a parent of a Moraine Valley student attendee, I know how important the community college system is in supporting the education of our students. Most importantly is the fact that Moraine Valley today has a large number of Arab Americans and it is important that the college address their needs.”

Hanania said Shadin Maali’s candidacy is “so significant” and urged the community to support her and the other candidates.

Kahlil added, “There are a lot of important races but Shadin’s candidacy is so important. And as an Arab American community we have to bullet vote for our candidate’s. It’s our community’s chance to go out and vote and put our people in office. No community deserves to win election more than ours.”

AADC’s website is www.AADCIL.com.

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Support Shadin Maali for Moraine Valley Community College

SUPPORT SHADIN MAALI FOR MVCC TRUSTEE

It is unfortunate that our Arab-American community has never won a local elected seat.  It is time we change that to display our voting power.   Let's support one of our very own SHADIN MAALI to ensure representation in local positions that have the most impact in our community.  She is running for Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees.  It is a very competitive race with 8 candidates running for 3 open 6-year term seats.  Shadin needs our community to come out to vote in full force to take her to the top.  Early voting takes place today and will continue until April 1st.  APRIL 2nd is ELECTION DAY . 

Please read more about her:  

“As a candidate in the upcoming election, I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve District 524 as a Trustee for the Moraine Valley Community College Board. This beautiful world class institution has been an integral part of my life during the last three decades—as a student, a former employee, and as a resident of the district. It will be an honor to represent the constituents of the 26 communities that Moraine Valley serves while fulfilling its mission and remaining true to the core values of the college:

Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, and Diversity.

I envision working cooperatively and collaboratively with my fellow trustees and to make sound decisions on behalf of the college which will benefit our students and our community.”  Shadin Maali

Get to know Shadin Maali:

  • Resident of Orland Park

  • Wife and mother of two teenage girls

  • Associates in Arts from Moraine Valley Community College

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Principal in Allen Austin/Gaines International’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction practice

  • Small business owner

  • Work experience in the education, healthcare and not-for-profit sectors

  • Assisted with and participated in student and community sponsored events at Moraine Valley

  • Volunteer for multiple organizations that support our local community

  • Advocate for international humanitarian efforts to support children in need

If you live in any of the following 26 communities you can vote for Shadin:

Alsip
Bedford Park
Blue Island
Bridgeview
Burbank
Calumet Park
Chicago Ridge
Crestwood
Evergreen Park
Forest View (part)
Hickory Hills
Hometown
Justice
Merrionette Park
Oak Forest (part)
Oak Lawn
Orland Hills
Orland Park
Palos Heights
Palos Hills
Palos Park
Robbins
Summit
Tinley Park (part)
Willow Springs (part)
Worth

FOR A LIST OF YOUR EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS VISIT : https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations?fbclid=IwAR1tiR0JK0VV4C2NQgod7PLVsDrmKypNfOpyyQhAdRTeAbwISB5sgbK7wLc

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AADC Salutes the late board member Miriam Zayed

AADC Salutes the late board member Miriam Zayed

The Arab AmericanDemocratic Club (AADC) hosted a memorial to honor Miriam Zayed, an Arab American activists who died on Oct. 23, 2019. Miriam Zayed was actively involved with AADC and with the community and was an inspiration to many activists seeking to champion human and civil rights, and equal rights for Arabs in America. A long time board member with AADC, Miriam Zayed was a mother, wife, businesswoman and former teacher who ran for office twice for the School District 230 Board off Education.

The breakfast memorial was held on Sunday feb. 3, 2019. To honor Miriam’s legacy, AADC created the “Miriam Zayed Community Service Award”that was presented to three community leaders who have dedicated their lives also to helping the Arab American community, Malik Ali of MPI Media Group in Orland Park, Ghada Talhami, an educator, professor at Lake Forrest College and a former Midwest Director of the Arab League’s Chicago Office, and Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing in Cicero, Illinois. More than 400 people attended the event including representatives from the Zayed family.

Here is the program:

Emcee Ray Hanania,
Samir Khalil, AADC Executive Director

Speakers:

Comedian Amr Zaher
AAI Executive Director Maya Berry
Former Gov. Pat Quinn
Lena Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Miriam Zayed Community Service Award Presentation

  • Malik Ali

  • Nemer Ziyad

  • Ghada Talhami

Closing Speakers

Fadwa Naji
Former Judge Bill Haddad
Closing Remarks, attorney Vivian Khalaf

Acknowledgments

-Shereen Isbitan, DJ
-Aaron Hanania, videographer
-Rima Sweis -Saad Malley
-Khalil Khalil -Ahmad Ramahi
-Khalil Khalil -Sonia Khalil
-Sultan Shaltaf

Our Honorary board members

-Hani Abdalla
-Dr. Ahmad Ramaha
-Mohammad Abdalla

Special Thanks to:

-Sami Studio
-Fatima Khalil and Simmy

Emcee Ray Hanania

Emcee Ray Hanania

AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil

AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil

Detroit Comedian Amr Zaher

Detroit Comedian Amr Zaher

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry

Former Governor Pat Quinn

Former Governor Pat Quinn

Lena Zayed Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Lena Zayed Hussein, Miriam Zayed’s daughter

Lena Zayed Hussein speaking to a gathering of more than 400 attendees a a memorial for her mother hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019.

Lena Zayed Hussein speaking to a gathering of more than 400 attendees a a memorial for her mother hosted by the Arab American Democratic Club on Sunday Feb. 3, 2019.

Attorney Vivian Khalaf offers the closing remarks

Attorney Vivian Khalaf offers the closing remarks

More than 400 people attended the commemoration for Miriam Zayed at Nikos Restaurant on Sunday Feb 3, 2019

More than 400 people attended the commemoration for Miriam Zayed at Nikos Restaurant on Sunday Feb 3, 2019

Dr. Ghada Talhami, one of the three recipients of the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Dr. Ghada Talhami, one of the three recipients of the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing addressing the gathering after receiving the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Nemer Ziyad, CEO of Ziyad Brothers Importing addressing the gathering after receiving the Miriam Zayed Community Service Award.

Longtime activist Fadwa Naji speaks about her work with the late Miriam Zayed.

Longtime activist Fadwa Naji speaks about her work with the late Miriam Zayed.

AMVOTE Director and former Judge Bill Haddad speaks about the work that Miriam Zayed did for the community in activism and politics.

AMVOTE Director and former Judge Bill Haddad speaks about the work that Miriam Zayed did for the community in activism and politics.

Samir Khalil presents the Miriam Zayed Award for Community Service to MPI President Malek Ali.

Samir Khalil presents the Miriam Zayed Award for Community Service to MPI President Malek Ali.

AAI Mourns the Loss of Miriam Zayed

Rest In Peace Miriam Zayed

Rest In Peace

Miriam Zayed

The Treasure of Our Community

The Arab American Democratic Club mourns the passing of an important icon and a great leader of our community. Miriam Khalil Zayed, a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a wife, a loyal leader, and a friend to all. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, worked with her, and ever met her. She is a genuine and sincere person, a pillar of our community, and the heart and soul of the AADC. She will be missed by all.

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