As a Palestinian, I can’t set aside my identity for two hours and root for an actor who spoke up for violence against people like me.
Starting high school in a new town is daunting for anyone. New friends, teachers and buildings makes the transition evermore anxiety-inducing. The experience was no different for Dalya Zeno, now 18, when she first moved here from her war-torn home in Syria four years ago. Read More
The last few weeks have been exhausting, to say the least. As someone who never thought we would get to the point of an actual Muslim, refugee and immigrant ban, I’m both physically and mentally drained. At times, I feel energized and ready to do whatever I can as a citizen to fight the new and dangerous orders. Other times, I feel completely overwhelmed with just how much damage has already been done. Read More
Two days after Muhammad Ali’s funeral painted Islam the brightest and most inspiring portrait — Omar Mateen took the lives of 49 people and injured 53. Three days after, Rabbi Michael Lerner, a political activist and editor of Tikkun Magazine, said “We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people,” because Muslims were once again scrutinized for the vile behavior of one man.
Over the past few weeks, news outlets, popular discussions, and much of social media have kept their eyes on Ferguson, Missouri. People of all faiths, ages, and ethnic groups have used Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets as a platform to ensure that their voices provide a call for justice. Read More
Brussels. Istanbul. Iskanderiyah. Lahore. Paris. The list of cities recently attacked by terrorist bombings has been ever increasing in the last few years with no signs of stopping. Read More
Last weekend, I took part in a political campaigning event that was powerful enough to not only give me a truly different perspective on politics and advocacy, but one that actually almost cured my cynicism on the subject. Read More
For the first time during his presidency, President Barack Obama visited a mosque on Wednesday.