Arab Americans http://michiganradio.org en Arab American group wants investigation into Dearborn Heights city clerk http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-wants-investigation-dearborn-heights-city-clerk <p><em>Update: we've now obtained the city clerk's (now rescinded) resignation letter from July 22, and we've updated the story to include the information it provides.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Something “fishy” is going on at the Dearborn Heights city clerk's office.</p><p>That's how the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee puts it.</p><p>They say they're getting dozens of complaints from Arab Americans who tried to get absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights – and ran into trouble at the city clerk’s office.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:01:51 +0000 Kate Wells 18527 at http://michiganradio.org Arab American group wants investigation into Dearborn Heights city clerk What explains Michigan's large Arab American community? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-explains-michigans-large-arab-american-community <p>Michigan Radio is launching <a href="http://micurious.michiganradio.org/about">M I Curious</a>&nbsp;- a news experiment where we investigate questions submitted by the public about our state and its people.</p><p>Our first installment of M I Curious originated with Jeff Duncan, a firefighter from Sterling Heights. He submitted this question:</p><p><strong><em>Why is there such a large Arab American community in southeast Michigan?</em></strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:04:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18308 at http://michiganradio.org What explains Michigan's large Arab American community? Detroit suburbs see influx of Iraqis as global refugee population soars http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-suburbs-see-influx-iraqis-global-refugee-population-soars <p>Hundreds of people gathered at a Warren park this past weekend for a picnic celebrating World Refugee Day--and the area’s growing refugee community.</p><p>According to state data, of the 4658 refugees re-settled in Michigan last year, nearly three-quarters are from Iraq.</p><p>And many of them have settled in Macomb County suburbs, particularly Sterling Heights and Warren.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18104 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit suburbs see influx of Iraqis as global refugee population soars "Take on Hate" campaign targets anti-Arab prejudice in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/take-hate-campaign-targets-anti-arab-prejudice-detroit <p>Earlier this month there was the annual anti-Islam rally in Dearborn (although more cops than actual protestors showed up.)&nbsp;</p><p>A few days before that, police investigated the burning of several Qurans outside a local Mosque.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And in February, an Arab-American man won more than $1 million dollars in a lawsuit over the religious and racial harassment he said he suffered at work.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 18096 at http://michiganradio.org "Take on Hate" campaign targets anti-Arab prejudice in Detroit Arab American museum to host visit by Gov. Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-museum-host-visit-gov-snyder <div><p>DEARBORN, Michigan – The Arab American National Museum plans to host Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for a tour, meetings with community leaders and town hall-style event.</p><p>The museum in Dearborn says the visit is planned for Monday, including remarks by Snyder around midday.&nbsp;</p><p>Dearborn has large Arab and Muslim populations. The museum says Manal Saab, who is on the museum's National Advisory Board, invited the governor to visit.</p></div><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:19:02 +0000 The Associated Press 17992 at http://michiganradio.org Arab American museum to host visit by Gov. Snyder Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-festival-dearborn-canceled-once-again <p>The festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to higher liability insurance costs for festival organizers.</p><p>The three-day festival in Dearborn celebrated Arab culture and was one the largest gatherings of Arab Americans in the U.S., but it also attracted anti-Islamic protestors and Christian missionaries from around the country.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140429/NEWS02/304290181/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Tensions at the festival broke out in 2010 when a group of Christian missionaries arrived with video cameras to record their attempts to debate Muslims. Some were arrested for disturbing the peace, though later acquitted of most charges. Their arrests drew outrage from conservatives across the U.S.</p><p>Another Christian group filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the missionaries were restricted in where they could distribute their literature. In 2012, a separate&nbsp;<a alt="" href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120616/NEWS05/120616015/" target="_blank" title="">group of Christians brought a pig’s head mounted on a pole&nbsp;</a>with anti-Islam signs, resulting in some youth hurling bottles at them.</p></blockquote><p>Warikoo reports that Dearborn was forced to pay $300,000 to the Christian missionaries arrested in 2010.</p><p>The Arab-American Chamber of Commerce says they’re still looking for ways to move forward with the festival.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:52:10 +0000 Mark Brush 17417 at http://michiganradio.org Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again Stateside for Monday, April 7, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-7-2014 <p>House Republicans have come up with an annual $500 million solution to fixing Michigan's horrible damaged roads. Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press joins us to discuss the proposition.&nbsp;</p><p>A Clinton Township man was senselessly beaten and robbed on Detroit's east side after stopping to help a 10-year-old boy who stepped into oncoming traffic. Steve Utash&nbsp;is now in a medically induced coma. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press joins us to try and understand this crime.&nbsp;</p><p>A neighborhood church in Metro Detroit has closed its doors about 91 years. St. Henry's parish numbers have fallen so low that the church is closing. Stateside's Kyle Norris grew up attending the church, and she joins us today to share her story. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17130 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 7, 2014 The Arab American News examines small business ownership http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-news-examines-small-business-ownership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the city of Detroit seeks pathways back to economic health, small businesses are seen as a key. And there can be no conversation about small business owners in Detroit without involving the Arab-American community.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Most of the grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations in Detroit are owned by Arab-Americans.</p><p>And, historically, the relationship between these store owners and their largely African-American customers has been not without its tensions.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is why a recent editorial in&nbsp;The Arab American News&nbsp;caught our eye, and we wanted to share its message with you.&nbsp;</p><p>We're joined now by Osama Siblani, the publisher of The Arab American News.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:41:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 17128 at http://michiganradio.org The Arab American News examines small business ownership Laughing matters at Arab-American comedy festival in Dearborn http://michiganradio.org/post/laughing-matters-arab-american-comedy-festival-dearborn <p>A new festival will feature comedians from Arab-American and other minority backgrounds.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://1001laughs.com/">1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival</a> happens September 27 and 28 at the <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.</a></p><p><a href="http://www.amerzahr.com/">Amer Zahr </a>is the festival&#39;s producer and he&#39;ll also be performing a few sets.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfZl0O9qPA Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 14502 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Syrians find vast resources, hard limits to helping in crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-syrians-find-vast-resources-hard-limits-helping-crisis <p>How best to deal with the extremely messy situation in Syria?</p><p>That’s the question the U.S. government and the international community are wrestling with right now. But it’s one that Syrian expatriates have wrestled with in a different, more intimate way for more than two years.</p><p>Metro Detroit has one of the nation’s largest and oldest Syrian communities. How have they dealt with the crisis? How are they using the community’s social and economic resources to help? &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>A long history, but strong ties</strong></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:11:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14419 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Syrians find vast resources, hard limits to helping in crisis Detroit's Syrians show support for President Obama, US military strike http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-syrians-show-support-president-obama-us-military-strike <p>As Congress prepares to debate a plan of action in Syria—and <a href="http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/07/20373022-kerry-courts-europe-for-support-on-syria-strike-as-obama-preps-for-uphill-battle-in-congress?lite">President Obama tries to build support for a US military strike-</a>-Metro Detroit’s Syrian community is showing their support for American intervention.</p><p>Dozens of Syrian-Americans protested President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in suburban Detroit Friday.</p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:09:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14325 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Syrians show support for President Obama, US military strike Dearborn puts limits on what a garage can be http://michiganradio.org/post/dearborn-puts-limits-what-garage-can-be <p>There's been a new development in the debate over garages in Dearborn.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/garages-should-not-be-used-living-spaces-according-dearborn-city-officials">You may recall</a> some residents in Dearborn have been using their garages as gathering spaces, some equipped with sliding glass doors, couches, refrigerators, water pipes, and TVs. This has been especially popular with Dearborn's large Arab community.</p><p>This week, the Dearborn Planning Commission approved changes in rules governing the way Dearbornites may use their garages, and there are those in the Arab community who feel these rule changes are a direct slap at them.</p><p>Jeff Karoub has been covering this debate for the Associated Press and he joined us today from Detroit.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:02:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 14005 at http://michiganradio.org Dearborn puts limits on what a garage can be Stateside for Thursday, August 15th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-august-15th-2013 <p>Billions and billions of federal dollars, hundreds of different policies, all rest in the U.S. Farm Bill. With very little bipartisanship in Washington these days, it's not too surprising that it's taken so long for Congress to make a deal on the legislation. But, time is running out. Why can’t the 2013 Farm Bill just get done and what does it means for the Michigan and U.S. economies?</p><p>And, we took a temperature-check. Just how do local officials think the state Legislature is doing?</p><p>Also, the Dearborn Planning Commission approved changes in rules governing the way residents may use their garages, but some people in the Arab community feel the changes are a direct slap at them.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here's been an apology from Detroit's emergency manager for those now-infamous comments made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. That's where Kevyn Orr described Detroit in these words: "For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich."</span></p><p>Orr offered up a mea culpa in an interview with WXYZ-TV.</p><p>What effect will those words and the apology have on Orr's ability to work with Detroit leaders and citizens?</p><p><em>Detroit News</em> business columnist Daniel Howes joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:00:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14008 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, August 15th, 2013 Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-american-group-sues-bank-closing-accounts-based-race-religion <p>The Arab-American Civil Rights League says hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from <a href="https://www.huntington.com/">Huntington Bank</a> this year explaining that their accounts have been closed, shut down or terminated.</p><p>No reason was given for closing the accounts, and no other link exists between the private and business account holders, except that they are all Arab-American owned accounts.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:39:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13501 at http://michiganradio.org Arab-American group sues bank for closing accounts based on race, religion Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials http://michiganradio.org/post/garages-should-not-be-used-living-spaces-according-dearborn-city-officials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should homeowners be allowed to do pretty much whatever they want with their garages, as long as it doesn't bother neighbors?</span></p><p>That's the essence of a growing debate in Dearborn, where a desire by some residents, largely Arab-Americans, to use their garages as living space is being met with resistance at City Hall and the prospect of tighter garage ordinances.</p><p>Jeff Karoub is with the Associated Press, covering issues pertinent to the Arab-Muslim community, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:46:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13440 at http://michiganradio.org Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy http://michiganradio.org/post/site-arab-international-festival-moving-after-controversy <p>The site of the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn is moving and admission could be charged.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the <a href="http://on.freep.com/14GuvzI">Detroit Free Press</a> that tensions in recent years involving Christian missionaries has led to the change of venue.</p><blockquote><p>Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said Friday that the city plans to shift the festival — the biggest annual outdoor gathering of Arab Americans in the U.S. — from Warren Avenue to Ford Woods Park, near the corner of Ford and Greenfield roads. One of the reasons for the move is liability concerns; the city has been hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries alleging their free speech rights were curtailed at the festival.</p></blockquote><p>The 18-year-old festival is held each June by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Last year, some Christian missionaries from California picketed at the festival with anti-Islam signs. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:36 +0000 Mark Brush 12316 at http://michiganradio.org Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy Are banks targeting Arab American accounts for closure? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-banks-targeting-arab-american-accounts-closure <p>An Arab American civil rights group says it’s hearing from a surge of people in southeast Michigan whose bank accounts were closed down without explanation.</p><p>The Arab American Civil Rights League says it’s <a href="http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2013/03/19/news/doc5148d5971a514830386920.txt">received about a dozen complaints</a> in the past month.</p><p>In each case, the bank notified the client that their account would be shut down. But they refused to provide an explanation.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:15:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11769 at http://michiganradio.org Are banks targeting Arab American accounts for closure? Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest http://michiganradio.org/post/arab-museum-holds-8th-annual-film-fest <p>An annual festival of movies from the Middle East is screening films rarely seen in the United States.</p><p>The Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is hosting <a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfest_2013">the 2013 </a><a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/arabfilmfest_2013">festiva</a>l that runs from Jan 24-26.</p> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:58:02 +0000 Associated Press & Associated Press 10635 at http://michiganradio.org Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season http://michiganradio.org/post/tlc-cancels-all-american-muslim-after-one-season <p>The groundbreaking reality show &quot;<a href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/all-american-muslim">All-American Muslim</a>&quot; has been canceled.</p><p>The show, which followed five Muslims families in Dearborn, will not be picked up for a second season, a TLC executive confirmed.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m certainly sad to hear the show wasn&rsquo;t being renewed,&quot; says Suehalia Amen, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/all-american-muslim-look-five-very-different-families">one of the women featured</a> on the reality show.</p><p>She says &quot;All-American Muslim&quot; sought to humanize Muslims in a way mainstream media hadn&rsquo;t done before&hellip;and it made viewers look at Muslims and Arab-Americans in a new light:</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s been an eye-opening experience,&quot; explains Amen. &quot;To have people tell you &#39;I hated Muslims, and after your show I&rsquo;m able to understand your community and have a new-found respect.&#39;&quot;</p><p>The show&rsquo;s creator, Mike Mosallam, agrees. He says the show&#39;s ratings dropped throughout the season, but he says that doesn&rsquo;t mean the show didn&rsquo;t succeed on a cultural level in terms of &quot;what it taught people and what it dispelled in terms of people&rsquo;s perceptions. I mean those are things that no ratings will ever be able to show.&quot; Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:44:50 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6559 at http://michiganradio.org TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season Museum records Arab American stories http://michiganradio.org/post/museum-records-arab-american-stories <p><a href="http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/">The Arab American National Museum</a> wants to become more than &ldquo;a building filled with stuff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s recording the stories of everyday people as part of an on-going project.</p><p>The museum just released <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/resources/storycorps">three interviews</a> it did in conjunction with Storycorps, about profiling and stereotyping after 9-11. The interviews are posted on the website <a href="http://www.arabstereotypes.org/">arabstereotypes.org</a>. But the museum regularly posts other recordings and podcasts on i-tunes &amp; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/arabamericanmuseum">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Stiffler is a researcher at the museum.&nbsp; He says one way to counter Islamaphobia is when people who don&rsquo;t know Arab Americans or Muslim Americans listen to these recordings. &ldquo;Listening to stories and having these personal connections is the best way to overcome this sort of bias and bigotry that is rampant right now.&rdquo;</p><p>This summer the museum plans to record Arab American kids talking about how the Arab Spring has affected their lives and their ideas about democracy. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:38:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 6490 at http://michiganradio.org Museum records Arab American stories