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Michael Chase of ACLU speaks at the UMA civic education forum

The United Muslims of America (UMA) held its civic education forum on August 27, 2017 at the Chandni Restaurtant Newark CA. Michael Chase, Board member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Northern Califronia was invited to speak. Michael Chase has been mostly involved in issues involving government surveillance, police misconduct, immigrants' rights, racial justice, and free speech. A question & Answer session was held after Michael Chase's briefing. Read More   Watch You Tube Video

Anti-Muslim, pro-Trump rallies in 36 states
canceled, will be held as online demonstrations

Anti-Muslim and pro-Trump rallies, scheduled for September 9th, that were originally being planned for roughly 37 locations across the US have been canceled. The hate rallies were coordinated by ACT For America, a pro-Trump and anti-Muslim hate group best known for its “March Against Sharia” back in June, according to Matt Novak of Gizmodo. The group said it will instead hold online demonstrations. Read More

White supremacists celebrate President Trump's
muddy remarks about the Charlottesville riots

AMP Report: White nationalists and neo-Nazis celebrated President Donald Trump's remarks about the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday (August 12), in which he denounced violence "on all sides" rather than explicitly condemning white supremacism, the Business Insider reported.The founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist website that considers itself a part of the alt-right, celebrated the fact that Trump "outright refused to disavow" the white nationalist rally and movement, the Business Insider said. Read More

American Muslims alarmed at Minnesota mosque bombing

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim community is alarmed over Saturday’s mosque bombing in Minnesota, which the community sees as a further evidence of an anti-Muslim backlash that has worsened in recent months. A blast caused by what the FBI called “an improvised explosive device” rocked the Dar Al Farooq Center before dawn Saturday (August 5), just as a small group of Muslim worshipers had gathered for the day’s first round of prayers. Read More

The politics of Textbook Jihad

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The final version of Turkey’s national school curriculum has left evolution out and added the concept of jihad as part of Islamic law in books. Announcing the new school curriculum, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz told a press conference in Ankara on Monday, “Jihad is an element in our religion; it is in our religion… The duty of the Education Ministry is to teach every concept deservedly, in a correct way. It is also our job to correct things that are wrongly perceived, seen or taught.” Read More

Not Just Black or Muslim, ALL Lives Matter!

By Dr Mansoor Durrani: United States of America has been the leader of nations for a while. From fashion and food to “war on terror” other nations simply follow the leader. But people embrace American products like McDonald, Nike, iPhone and other American lifestyle by choice. So it is unfair to say that the US gets the world to follow it under the gun. Of course US does compel and bully others, but only for big-ticket games like wars, arm sales etc. And it is not just consumers or governments who follow the US practices worldwide. Even the social movements picking up slogans from the US. So there is Black Lives Matter movement, and then the white Americans have their own Native Lives Matter movement. Read More

Muslim Americans mourn the death of Dr. Jack Shaheen

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million-strong American Muslim Community Sunday (July 9) mourned the death of Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, a prolific author and professor whose career centered on dismantling stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs in the US media. He was perhaps most famous for his book "Reel Bad Arabs," where he chronicled over 900 movies where Arabs were represented negatively. Read More

The Supreme Court partially unblocks Trump's Muslim Travel ban

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The Supreme Court Monday (June 25) allowed parts of President Donald Trump's controversial Muslim ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall. The apex Court ruled that despite rulings in two different federal courts - that the ban should be put on hold while judges decide whether it’s constitutional - the Trump administration should be allowed to enforce the ban starting on Thursday, June 29, 72 hours after the court’s ruling was issued. However, people from the six countries listed in President Trump’s travel ban ― Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Sudan, Yemen ― can travel to the U.S. if they possess a “bona fide” relationship with the U.S. Read More

American Muslims alarmed at killing of worshipers  in Virginia and United Kingdom

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the killings of worshippers in Virginia and the British capital, London. The Washington Post reported Monday (June 19) police found remains of a missing Virginia teenager who was assaulted and disappeared overnight after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area, and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case. And across the Atlantic, in the British capital, London, one man died and 10 others were injured when a man drove a van into worshippers leaving a London mosque after prayers early on Monday (June 19). Read More

Nationwide anti-Islam rallies show convergence of supremacist & Islamophobes

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Far-right activists held anti-Muslim demonstrations  in least 28 cities across the United States on Sunday (June 11). The demonstrators, spurred by one of the largest grass-roots anti-Muslim group, and in many cases were met by larger crowds of counter protesters.ounter protesters amassed in several cities to oppose the nationwide marches, with clashes and skirmishes taking place at a handful of the march sites. Clashes reportedly broke out between anti-fascists - known colloquially as Antifa - and march participants in a handful of cities, including Seattle, Washington. The protests and counter protests in more than a dozen cities come at a time of increased tensions and frequent physical confrontations between Antifa and far-right activists. Read More

9th Circuit Court Upholds freeze on Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: In the latest legal setback for the Trump administration, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday (June 12) upheld an earlier decision by a federal judge in Hawaii to block President Donald Trump's executive order known as Muslim Ban 2.0. Today's unanimous ruling noted, "The President's authority is subject to certain statutory and constitutional restraints," but that Trump's revised executive order "exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress." Read More

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive Muslim travel ban

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The Trump administration on Thursday (June 1) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his controversial Muslim travel ban executive order which was blocked by lower courts that found it discriminatory. The Justice Department asked the apex court to temporarily lift injunctions that bar officials from carrying out Trump's March 6, 2017 directive to suspend visa issuance to citizens of six Muslim countries and halt the flow of refugees to the U.S. from across the globe. Read More

Palestine and the Nakba remembered

By American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: May 15  marks the 69th anniversary of the expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people from their homeland, the Nakba or Catastrophe, at the hands of Zionist paramilitaries. Over 400 Arab villages were depopulated and either razed or handed over to Jewish settlers, and over 700,000 Palestinians became refugees. From orange groves to libraries, Palestinian property was expropriated by the new state of Israel.  Read More

Trump's Muslim ban prompts OneJustice attorneys to mobilize against Injustice

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: 'Mobilizing Against Injustice' was the title of attorney Julia R Wilson's speech at the United Muslim of America (UMA) monthly forum held at the Chandni Restaurant, Newark CA on April 23, 2017.Julia, the  Chief Executive Officer of  OneJustice, has the honor of being part of her professional colleagues who descended on U.S. airports all over the country in the last week of January to offer free legal help to the travelers and family members of loved ones detained under President Trump’s executive order of January 27. Read More

Muslim profiling at US borders escalates during President Trump's first 100 days 

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office were a frightening experience for the seven-million strong Muslim American community. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest American Muslim civil advocacy group, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) profiling of Muslims accounted for 23 percent of cases in the first three months of 2017. This represents a 1,035 percent increase in CBP bias cases reported so far this year over the same period in 2016. Read More

Hundreds of Muslims gather at Capitol to advocate for inclusive California

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: About seven hundred Muslims from across California gathered Monday, April 24, 2017, for the 6th Annual Muslim Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The theme of this year's Muslim Day was "Action Trumps Fear". The Muslim Day provided an opportunity to American Muslims from across California to meet state legislators and discuss issues of concern to help bring about positive social change. This year, Muslim Day attendees advocated for a number of civil rights issues, including protections for religious communities and immigrants, measures to prevent school bullying, and standards for hate crime reporting.  Read More

Canadian parliament passes motion against rising Islamophobia

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The Canadian parliament has passed a landmark anti-Islamophobia and religious discrimination motion that calls on politicians to condemn anti-Islamic behavior and rhetoric. It called on the government to recognize the need to "quell the public climate of fear and hate". The vote on Friday (March 24) follows months of fierce debate in Canada, including protests from both the motion's supporters and detractors. The non-binding motion was passed by 201 votes to 91. Read More

Hawaii judge extends order blocking Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Hawaii Federal Judge Derrick Watson extended his order blocking President Trump’s travel ban to six Muslim majority countries Wednesday, as the state’s attorney general denounced the executive order as a “Muslim ban”. Hawaii's attorney general Douglas Chin told the judge the controversial measure issued by President Trump on January 27 and then revised on March 6 was like a “neon sign flashing ‘Muslim ban, Muslim ban’” that the government had not turned off. Read More

Travel Paranoia

By Habib Siddiqui: How paranoid can one become? Consider the latest laptop ban. Last Tuesday, the U.S. and U.K. banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.While the ban notice states this is not a public regulation but it does request that the Middle Eastern airlines comply within 96 hours of its release, on Tuesday at 3 a.m. Eastern time. Correspondingly, for any airline refusing to obey the order, the U.S. is prepared to work with the FAA to take certificates away to prevent the airline from flying into the United States. Read More

Muslim Ban 3.0: Laptops, tablets banned on Middle East-US flights

By Abdus-Sattar Ghazali: The United States has banned laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games, and portable DVD players on flights from eight Muslim countries. Passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim countries are now prohibited from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said. The move comes days after President Donald Trump's second bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim-majority nations was blocked by the courts. Read More

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's Muslim Ban.2

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0. In their ruling both judges cited Trump's statements about Muslims during the presidential campaign. A federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday (March 15) ordered a temporary restraining order nationwide, hours before it was set to go into effect on Thursday.Another federal judge in Maryland Thursday morning specifically blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six Muslim countries. Read More

Muslim Ban 2.0 is blocked by federal judge in Hawaii

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: In a stunning blow for the Trump administration, a federal judge in Hawaii Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order to block President Trump’s revised executive order on travel and refugees from taking effect Thursday, March 16.Today’s ruling was the second frustrating defeat for Trump’s Muslim travel ban, after a federal court in Seattle halted an earlier version of the executive order last month. Read More

The Muslim Ban and the ethnic cleansing of America

By Hamid Dabashi: The Muslim ban did not happen in one day - and it means more than one thing. The Muslim ban did not happen last January or later in March. It happened a long time ago - day after day, piece after piece, one slander after another, systematically, consistently, with liberal laughter and conservative malice alike. The Muslim ban was Trump's triumphant finale of a chorus long echoed in the sinuous xenophobic labyrinth of a nation always in denial of its own foreign origin, too eager to imagine and identify itself as "white" to demonise and expel from the shadow of its own fears all its colourful differences. Trump's Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant 'nation'. Read More

AIPAC Gave $60K to Architect of Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Eli Clifton: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has been noticeably quiet about the Trump administration’s slowness to denounce the spike in anti-Semitic attacks and bomb threats, its nomination of an ambassador to Israel who described J Street as “worse than kapos,” and its ties to ethno-nationalists like White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller. But AIPAC has done more than just tolerate the U.S. tilt toward extreme and often xenophobic views. Newly released tax filings show that the country’s biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration’s efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration. Read More

When dissent is unpatriotic:
Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at airport for 2nd time in 4 weeks

By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: Agents from the Department of Homeland Security held up the son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Friday (March 10) as he was making his way to South Florida, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reported on Twitter. Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was on the same flight, posted a photo on Twitter with Ali Jr. after he was allowed to board and wrote: "On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN ... Religiously profiling son of 'The Greatest' will not make us safe." “We’re talking about somebody who has no criminal record,” she said. “He’s an American citizen. He was doing nothing other than traveling and who happens to be a Muslim-American.” Read More

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