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ABEER ABDALLA!

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This is Abeer Abdalla.
       Abeer B. Abdalla was born the same day some of her countrymen lost a president. October 7, 1981 Anwar Sadat, then President of Egypt was assassinated and Abeer was born. Abeer is an Egyptian by heritage, but American by nationality. She is one of many Arab-Americans in this country.

       Abeer graduated from The Islamic Saudi Academy in Mt. Vernon, Virginia. She holds a dual-diploma, a diploma from the Ministry certifying a formal education in Arabic Language and Islamic Studies instruction as well as a high school diploma. Surrounded by international politics in school and in the large Arab community, Abeer knew she wanted more. She wanted to be involved.

       She got her start early. Abeer became an active member of The Model United Nations Association at the Academy. Throughout the 7 years she participated, Abeer attended and won numerous awards, including, Best Delegation and Most Outstanding Representation. In addition to oratory, Abeer founded the Academy bilingual newspaper where she held the office of Editor-in-chief for 4 years. Abeer’s extracurricular activities also extended into the community.

       During the Smithsonian 150th Birthday Celebration, Abeer was selected to exhibit her collection of Bedouin Jewelry, she was then featured in the Smithsonian and taped by PBS for a special on the exhibition.

      Abeer's junior year, she attended The Presidential Classroom Scholars Program in Washington, DC with 500 honor students from around the globe. One special memory from the conference was her meeting with US Representative Tom Davis of Virginia. Abeer sat down with a Republican Congressman and discussed the future and her passion for aiding the awareness about Arab-Americans on a national level.

       Abeer then got involved with Congressman Davis’ re-election campaign through the Arab-American Institute of Washington, DC. Jim Zogby, AAI’s President also urged Abeer to get involved personally. After that campaign, Abeer decided to became a Republican.

       Although a Muslim and a Republican, she decided to attend a liberal Catholic school, Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Before arriving on campus, she contacted the chairman of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans about becoming a member. By the end of the first week, Abeer founded the Emmanuel College Republicans. She continued with her political pursuits winning a landslide victory with a write-in campaign for freshman class president.

       Making waves is Abeer’s passion; she loves defying the norm. Again, expressing her commitment to her city, Abeer met with Kevin Tarpley, her city councilman. Appreciating her zest and seeing a bit of himself in her, he asked Abeer to sit in on his Ward 2 Inner Circle and specifically focus on the Economic Development Plan. Abeer met with community leaders from all aspects of the city and worked with Harvard University and the Department of Housing and Urban Development – to develop goals to rebuild the city.

       With election year approaching Abeer volunteered with the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. Abeer was the Volunteer Coordinator leading the grassroots effort for the Jack Robinson for US Senate Campaign. Creating a database with hundreds of volunteers, organizing press conferences and hosting special events, Abeer aided in getting Robinson on the ballot. Although unable to defeat Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), she learned a lot on the campaign. Abeer’s rugged experience prepared her to join The Massachusetts Citizens Alliance, a political action committee, as director of operations. The Parent’s Rights Coalition (PRC) then asked Abeer to organize an event to bring Ambassador Alan Keyes to the Massachusetts State House to speak on conservative issues of the day with Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci and legislators. With much success – Abeer accepted the offer to become Executive Director of PRC.

       With lots of projects leaning right – Abeer wanted to find a way to bring up her passion for non-partisan ventures. She began with Service Vote 2000 as the Regional Campaign Coordinator. SV2K’s mission included not only registering young people to vote but also to bridge the widening gap between community service and politics. Working with such groups as Democracy Compact, Hillel, YMCA and The League of Women Voters, Abeer came to a greater understanding of the issues affecting American youth.

       Abeer then joined forces with Youth Vote 2000. As a part of the coalition, she worked to make the second Presidential Debate a youth debate. Although unsuccessful in getting the candidates to debate youth issues, the coalition created a conference and Debate Watch to motivate young people and give them an opportunity to speak out about what they were learning.

       Abeer wrote several articles about politics and youth involvement as a contributing columnist for the former youth-charged web site, PowerStudents.com. She has also written for The Boston Herald on youth’s commitment to bridging the gap between community service and politics.

       Abeer is a passionate writer who believes that this generation has incredible potential to make a difference. But, like the Presidential Debates taught her, sometimes the establishment doesn't want to listen to what youth have so say, therefore we just have to raise our voices a little louder!


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