Arab American Resources
Arab Americans are among the many ethnic groups that make up the population of the United States. Arab Americans are found in almost every state, although they tend to cluster in a few major cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. Some of these cities have neighborhoods with large concentrations of Arab Americans and have Arabic restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses. The largest such Arab American neighborhood is found in Dearborn, Michigan.
Today Arab Americans are an extremely diverse group of people. Despite their diversity, Arab Americans have much in common. They feel bound by a shared history, values and culture. They trace their roots to the same region of the world. They speak Arabic, or their parents and grandparents did. Like other ethnic groups, Arab Americans try to preserve their ethnic identity and culture.
Arab American Organizations
- Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)
ACCESS is a human services organization committed to the development of the Arab-American community in all aspects of its economic and cultural life. To support this goal, ACCESS provides a wide range of human and cultural services as well as advocacy work.
- Arab American Cultural Foundation (AACF)
The Arab American Cultural Foundation was founded to promote understanding and appreciation of Arab art and culture in the United States. Since its establishment, the Foundation has sponsored art exhibits, lectures, theatre performances, recitals, music, poetry and films.
- Arab American Institute (AAI)
As the only national organization that promotes Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system, AAI has developed a host of services, from voter education to liaison with the national parties, to support the community?s activities. We are also the leading policy and research organization on domestic and policy concerns of Arab Americans.
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
ADC is a grassroots civil rights organization which welcomes people of all backgrounds, faiths and ethnicities as members. The ADC was founded in Washington D.C. by U.S. Senator Jim Abourczk in 1980.
- American Arab Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber promotes and assists member businesses, here and abroad. The Chamber provides referrals, minority business certification, Arab-American vendor invitations for lucrative public and private sector projects, networking opportunities, business and cultural training, import and export assistance, document certification, communications, group health insurance, and savings on common expenses.
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
- National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA)
NAAMA is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and charitable organization of medical professionals of Arab descent. NAAMA was incorporated in California in 1975 and became a national organization in 1980. Twenty-nine chapters of NAAMA have been established in the United States and Canada.
- National Council of Arab Americans (NCA)
The National Council of Arab Americans (NCA) aims to be a unifying framework for the Arab-American community across gender, racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds through multi-level political empowerment, chapter-based grassroots democratic mobilization and accountability, and need-based service programs.
- Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP)
NAAP is a community of Arabs and Arab Americans working in a number of professions. Through the efforts of our members, we work to promote our common Arab heritage and culture, to serve our communities through outreach programs, to support the Arab student movement, to provide opportunities for professional networking, and to advance the common interests of the larger Arab community by empowering, protecting and promoting its political causes and interests in the US and abroad throughout all levels of society.