How is the 2016 Election Impacting Muslim (and Other) School Children?

By Uzma Mariam Ahmed This election cycle has been difficult to experience, even for adults.  Civil conversations and respect for diversity have been sidelined, and the loudest voices in politics and on television now are frighteningly extreme. Unsurprisingly the hateful rhetoric has filtered into American schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has just released [Read More…]

An Open Letter to Young Muslim Americans – This is Our Time to Struggle

Dear Young Muslim Americans: I am one of you. I write this with a heavy heart. A heart overwhelmed empathy, love, sorrow, and hope. We face many struggles right now, and with struggles come opportunities, exhaustion and questioning. Questioning about whether we’re doing it right, debates about what the best methods and solutions are, disagreements [Read More…]

Pushing Secularism over Democratic Values – France’s PM Supports Hijab Ban in Universities

By Saideh Jamshidi Some Westerners, especially in France, view Muslim women who wear a hijab or head scarf, as backward-looking, oppressed by religion and unsophisticated. Such views have intensified after the Brussels terrorist attack. France, a country in anger following the ISIS attacks in Paris and fearful of the growth of Muslim extremism, is on [Read More…]

#GiveHope1000 – Creating Opportunities for Disabled Entrepreneurs

By Amanda Quraishi The biggest challenge that most disabled people have isn’t learning how to live and work with their disability in a world that privileges the abled. No, the biggest challenge is convincing others that they are just as capable of things as anyone else. Despite the leaps and bounds that the disabled community [Read More…]

Dear Trump Supporters – A Peace House Video

Various ethnic, religious and minority groups — from Muslims to Latinos to African Americans — have watched with horror and trepidation the rise and growth of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and more so the thousands upon thousands of supporters pushing him forward and feeding into his soundbites and rhetoric. Viral videos from various Trump rallies [Read More…]

Insulting Muslim Fashion and Modest Dressing is as Bad as Forcing the Hijab

By Saideh Jamshidi To cover or not to cover, that’s the problem, but to whom? When Yves Saint Laurent co-founder Pierre Bergé recently advised fellow designers to have nothing to do with Muslim fashion, he sounded less like a renowned global fashion designer and more like the Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of [Read More…]


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