Historic progress was seen September 14, 2021, when Alderman Gilbert Villegas sponsored the MENA GOVERNMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL’s resolution to “include MENA Americans as a ‘minority group’, along with African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans” under the Minority Business Enterprise Ordinance of the City of Chicago. If adopted, this will be […]

Ald. Villegas Sponsors MENA Resolution for Minority Status in Chicago ...


Arab American Heritage Month- APRIL  2021 Proclamations from the Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot and the Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker have been issued in commemoration of Arab American Heritage Month for April 2021. This is a national movement. Arab America has noted the 20 states and 48 Proclamations and Resolutions to […]

Proclamations Issued in Commemoration of National Arab American Heritage Month


Because Arab Americans are deemed ‘white’ in government records, they suffer an unseen COVID-19 crisis. Featured in USA Today is a story highlighting the absence of data concerning COVID-19 infection and death rates among Arab Americans. What is reason for this lack of data? Because most Arab Americans are categorized […]

Arab Americans hit hard by COVID-19, but not counted in ...



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Includes MENA Check Box for Job Applicants Within Administration AMVOTE PAC’S recommendation to add a MENA (Middle-Eastern, North African) checkbox has been approved and is already in use for job applicants within Governor JB Pritzker’s Administration.  This is in addition to the Governor’s approval of AMVOTE Arab-American nominees […]

MENA Designation Approved in Governor’s Administration



Gone Too Soon: Richard Means, Colleague, Consultant and Friend to AMVOTE A  Message from AMVOTE PAC Chairman, Hon. William J. Haddad Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Retired   It is with great sadness  I inform of AMVOTE’S election attorney and consultant, Richard Means, Esq., passed away from […]

AMVOTE PAC Election Attorney & Consultant Richard Means, Passes Away



Arab-Americans are Making a Difference in the Outcome of American Elections The Arab American Institute has reported  its online polling showed that “Vice President Joe Biden [led] President Donald Trump by 48 points” among Arab-Americans. Warren David of Arab America.com reports that: “74% said Biden best serves the needs of […]

Arab-Americans are “Making a Difference” in American Elections


AMVOTE Sounds the Alarm Against Scapegoating Minorities for the Spread of the Coronavirus. Judge William J. Haddad, Retired                                                                Chairman of the American Middle East Voters Alliance   The American Middle East Voters Alliance denounces hate speech which vilifies Asian Americans during the Corona Virus pandemic, and calls upon all […]

AMVOTE Sounds the Alarm Against Scapegoating Minorities for the Spread ...


Eileen Patricia McMahon Zogby, spouse of the Arab-American Instituite President and Co-Founder, Dr. James Zogby has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Zogby family during this difficult time. Eileen’s compassion, intellect, love of life, and courage inspired Jim and who knew her. Jim credits Eileen’s zeal for […]

Eileen Zogby, Spouse of James Zogby Dies



Meeting with Alderman  Villegas – Mayor Lightfoot’s Floor Leader On Minority Issues At a dinner hosted by AMVOTE PAC last night, Alderman Villegas agreed to guide AMVOTE-PAC through the qualification process for “minority status” with the City. AMVOTE was represented by Salman Aftab, Judge Haddad, Marvet Sweis, Vivian Khalaf, Jamil […]

AMVOTE PAC Meets with Alderman Gilbert Villegas