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James Zogby

The Stakes Have Never Been Higher:

The 2008 Elections and US Middle East Policy

Address to the Arab American Anti Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts (ADCMA) Saturday, May 31, 2008



James Zogby's speech to ADCMA (23:00, 19MB)

Arabian Nightingales with Nader Hawa
Bio: For the past three decades, Dr. Zogby has been involved in a full range of Arab American issues. A co-founder and chairman of the Palestine Human Rights Campaign in the later 1970s, he later co-founded and served as the Executive Director of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. In 1982, he co-founded Save Lebanon, Inc., a private non-profit, humanitarian and non-sectarian relief organization which funds health care for Palestinian and Lebanese victims of war, and other social welfare projects in Lebanon. in 1985, Zogby founded the Arab American Institute (AAI), a Washington DC-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community, where Zogby currently serves as President.
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  • B (3:45, 3MB)
  • C (3:45, 1.6MB)
  • D (2:15, 1.8MB)
  • E Stereo (16:00, 32MB)

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Thanks to ADCMA, 492 Cafe was able to record Dr. Zogby, and two of 492 Cafe's team (Steve Cornie and Freeman Z) were among the folks recognized for work their on This Week in Palestine, a weekly segment of Truth and Justice Radio on WZBC-FM. So it was a rare and welcome opportunity, both to work, and to celebrate our work.
In his talk, Dr. Zogby refers to the "Yalla Vote" Campaign to involve Arab Americans in mainstream politics...

the Yalla Vote Campaign


Ten ways to get involved in Yalla Vote (source)

Some of the many ways to get involved…

10. Get involved in the campaign of the candidate of your choice! Campaigns are always looking for more volunteers and you don’t necessarily have to get involved in a presidential campaign. There are plenty of local elections in your area that are also very important.

9. Become a member of your party’s local organizing community! If you affiliated with a particular party get involved in that party locally. This not only allows you to meet people that are politically like minded it also demonstrates how Arab Americans are politically active.

8. Work at a local polling place on Election Day! Not only do you usually get paid to work a polling place it is a great experience and is especially important in areas with a large Arab American community.

7. Make calls on Election Day to get out the Arab American vote!

6. If you are a student work with organizations on campus to get others involved!

5. Vote! Make sure that you are registered to vote a month before the election on November 4 and remember to vote either ahead of time or on Election Day (which of course depends on the election laws in your state and county).

4. Sign the National Petition! The Petition not only tells the presidential candidates what issues are important to us, but also tells them that we base our vote in November on those issues.

3. Register other Arab Americans to vote! While every vote counts the more votes that Arab Americans cast the more our voice can be heard.

2. Get others to sign the National Petition! The more signatures we collect the better and the louder our voice will be.

And most importantly…

1. Tell everyone you know about Yalla Vote ...and encourage them to get involved!

This Year's Honorees

Please Join Us in Honoring Sherif Fam & The Truth and Justice Radio Team And The Boston Palestine Film Festival Organizers

At the ADCMA's 3rd Annual Banquet

Excellence in Media

This Week in Palestine, a weekly radio show on WZBC 90.3 FM

  • Sherif Fam
  • Despina Moutzouris
  • Stan Robinson
  • Steve Cornie
  • Jeff Manzelli (Freeman Z)

Dedication to Activism Through the Arts

The Boston Palestine Film Festival Organizers

  • Salma Abu Ayyash
  • Christine Giraud
  • Katherin Hanna
  • Michael Rainho
  • Nitin Sawhney

Dr. James Zogby's Key Note Address:

America's Middle East policy is being scrutinized heavily during this election season; getting it right has never been more important. The risks in the region are exceedingly high, the challenges as great as ever, and the stakes are reaching new heights. Many questions abound: Do we "stay the course" in Iraq, for example, or do we change direction and find a different way forward?  If the latter option is to be pursued it will only come about because an informed public demands it of U.S. leadership. In assessing the way forward in the Middle East, we need to explore the responsibility of the American public in helping shape U.S. policy in the Middle East.