Black to the Future: A Black History Month Reflection from Margari Aziza Hill

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles and reflections for Black History month. By Margari Aziza Hill Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go. — James Baldwin I was in sixth grade when first learned of Black [Read More…]

To Be Unknown or Forgotten – the Erasure of Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

By Dr. Maha Hilal They can take everything you own-your property, your best years, all your joys, all your good works, everything down to your last shirt — but you’ll always have your dreams so you can reinvent your stolen world. — Yasmina Khadra When I hear the word “Guantanamo,” there is little other than [Read More…]

Dear Prisoners: A Thanksgiving Letter to those in Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba

By Dr. Maha Hilal The U.S.-lead “War on Terror” in response to the 9/11 attacks lead to a myriad of disastrous policies that largely and indiscriminately targeted Muslims and Muslim Americans. One of the biggest stains on the American legacy in this regard is the Guantanamo Bay prison to house an exclusively Muslim male population. [Read More…]

Does the Quran Teach Compulsion? A Response

By Farouk Peru In the protracted media campaign to depict Islam as the enemy of human civilization, there is nothing sadder to me than the misrepresentation of the Quran. The Quran is often portrayed as a book that inspires hatred and encourages Muslims to act violently. This agenda can only be fulfilled, however, by adopting [Read More…]

Fighting for Social Justice – Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Saif Inam The LA Times published an article last week looking at a growing rift among African-American civil rights advocates. On one end were the veterans from the Civil Rights movement — those who had been influenced by Martin Luther King, Jr. — and on the other were recent activists from the Black Lives Matters movement. [Read More…]

Justifying #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh: Dehumanization and Spiritual Illness

On Monday, multiple videos of a disturbing assault during math class at Spring Valley High School were released online. The level of violence shown in the video has led to widespread condemnation, calls for firing of the officer involved, and concern for the student, a small young Black teenage girl, who was assaulted in a [Read More…]