This year's Gala will be a special opportunity to celebrate our community and our organization in the face of much adversity. In these trying times, we remain emphatically committed to our grassroots mission. The services we provide the Arab American and Arab immigrant community have always been about education and empowerment. In every area of our work the success of our clients is the source of our renewal. By instilling confidence, hope, and knowledge, we know we are building a stronger community.

This passion and commitment helps keep us prepared for whatever comes our way. It also means building our capacity to respond to growing community needs. From assisting Syrians and Yemenis with Temporary Protected Status applications to organizing Arab women to fight for social justice, AAANY is here to improve the welfare of our community in all key facets of life.

AAANY has been at the forefront of numerous campaigns. Our advocacy programs, including Arab Women Activists and Leaders (AWAL), Union of Arab Women (UAW), Brooklynat, the Youth Racial Justice Program, and The Accompany Project, are community-led and have had a tremendous impact on their participants and their broader communities. As AAANY and our constituencies continue to face a hostile and unpredictable political environment, these programs and the leaders they cultivate will be a source of hope, inspiration, and formidable power. Looking to the new year, we know too that there is a growing alliance in this city and across the nation, bringing diverse communities together in a just mission for equality and security for all.

But for all our determination to take on what comes our way, we need YOUR help to continue fighting on the frontlines to protect our communities.

This year, we have an incredible lineup of honorees including the four co-chairs of the National Women's March, Khaled A. Beydoun, a Law Professor and Critical Race Theorist, and every Islamophobe's worst nightmare, our former Executive Director, Linda Sarsour!

Come celebrate with us as we look back on 16 years of community service and advocacy. It will be an evening of live entertainment, dinner, raffle prizes, as well as a special performance by Freedom Dabka Group!

For more information, please contact Nandhi Honwana at or (347) 948-7738

See you there!


The Arab American Association of New York's 16th Annual Benefit Gala Honors Khaled Beydoun

Khaled A. Beydoun is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California-Berkeley Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.
A Critical Race Theorist, Professor Beydoun's research examines the legal construction of Arab and Muslim American identity, the foundational and modern development of Islamophobia, and the intersection of national security policy, civil liberties and citizenship. A leading scholar on legal matters germane to civil rights and Muslim America, Professor Beydoun's scholarship has been featured in top law journals, including: the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Illinois Law Review. His book, Islamophobia: An American Story (Univ. of California Press), will be released in early 2018.
Complimenting his legal research and scholarship, Professor Beydoun is an active public intellectual. In addition to his regular commentary in Al-Jazeera English, Professor Beydoun's insight has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Salon, and ESPN; and television and radio news programming including CNN, the BBC, Fox, NBC and ABC News. In addition, Professor Beydoun has served as a consultant for the U.S. Census Bureau, the African American Policy Forum, and a number of colleges and universities. Professor Beydoun also serves on the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights, appointed to serve on the Michigan State Committee in 2017.
Professor Beydoun earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan; a Master's in Law from the University of Toronto; and his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law. Before academia, Professor Beydoun practiced in the areas of racial justice, criminal defense, and international rule of law. He is a native of Detroit.
Come celebrate with us on November 9th at Widdi Hall!


The Arab American Association of New York's 16th Annual Benefit Gala Honors the Women's March
True to our collective mission, AAANY not only honors individual guests, but also celebrates groundbreaking movements from over the past year. To that end, our 16th Annual Gala is shining a loving spotlight on the Women's March of January 21st, 2017, a watershed moment in modern American history.

The Women's March, on Washington and beyond, represented the best of our communities. It demonstrated the vital importance of an alliance that transcends class, religion, culture, race, and gender, and firmly illustrated the power and capacity of female leadership. The result of this leadership? The largest protest in American history. With 500,000 gathered in D.C. and hundreds of sister marches across the nation and world, the Women's March drew upwards of 5 million people rallying against oppression and patriarchy. Beyond the thousands of pink hats and creative signs and banners, the Women's March will be remembered as an extraordinary moment of solidarity; a day of dialogue and love to counter the forces of discrimination and hate.

Like countless other civic organizations, AAANY joined the Women's March to represent our Arab American community in Brooklyn, but to also demonstrate that resistance is as much about community relationships as it is about symbolic action. The energy and organizing that went into the Women's March was always about more than one day of action; its goal was to activate and foster new opportunities to strive for justice at all levels of society. We look forward to 2018, to build bridges and mobilize as never before.

As we reflect back on this tumultuous year, the Women's March remains a source of pride and rejuvenation. The support of millions across the world was a testament to its inspiring cause, but as we celebrate our own participation we would be remiss to forget that leadership counts. And so AAANY wishes to thank and honor the Women's March National Co-Chairs, Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, and of course our very own Linda Sarsour.

The Arab American Association of New York's 16th Annual Benefit Gala Honors Linda Sarsour!
These days Linda Sarsour is an internationally recognized activist but she remains a true blue Brooklynite who is deeply connected to her home communities of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. As the former Executive Director of AAANY from 2005 to 2017, Linda has dedicated herself to the Arab-American and Arab community in Bay Ridge and the greater New York area, building bridges with other activists and social service providers along the way. She is also the co-founder of MPOWER Change -- the first ever Muslim focused online organizing platform.

Linda's work champions causes from the local to the international level. As a New Yorker committed to fighting discrimination, she has lead efforts to end unwarranted surveillance of NYC's Muslim communities and Stop and Frisk polices. As co-organizer of the 2017 Women's March, the worldwide protest that drew 500,000 people to Washington, D.C. to promote equal rights and defend vulnerable communities against bigotry and hatred, Linda helped inspire a new generation to strive for a more just and compassionate society.

Linda's record of accomplishments is a testament to putting ethos into community organizing, from the grassroots level to a phenomenon documented across global media. However, her deepest impact cannot be measured in marches alone, and thus it is to the grassroots we return for our 16th Annual Gala. Simply put, Linda's energy and example has been foundational to AAANY's continued success. Indeed, one of AAANY's core missions is to empower women and young people through education, and Linda's vision is reflected daily in our staff and in the progress of our clients.

Recognized by President Barack Obama in 2016 as a "Champion of Change," Linda has built a national vehicle for justice and cultural visibility on behalf of oppressed and disenfranchised communities. Deserved accolades aside, Linda herself continues to build on this formidable legacy, setting an example for many community organizers, young and old, to aspire to. We couldn't be more enthralled to welcome Linda back home at AAANY and honor our very own "Brooklyn Homegirl with a Hijab." 

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