How do Honor Killings and Women’s Rights Factor into the #MuslimBan 2.0?

On March 6th, Trump replaced the original ban with a new one that not only excludes immigrants from six Muslim majority countries but also requires the government to collect data surrounding the frequency of “honor killings” in the U.S. Again, this Administration employs a stereotype to further marginalize an already marginalized minority. Still, this Women’s History Month, Trump’s concern with Muslim women’s experiences confronting bigotry, hatred and violence is a welcome opportunity to educate and dialogue. [Read more…]

#Activism: How Muslims Became Maryland’s Premier Political Force

Aside from the obvious refrain many have gotten used to me sharing — that there is not a single Muslim elected to any office at the county, state or federal level in Montgomery County — there are other reasons that the Muslim Democratic Club’s political success should matter to every Democrat in our county and beyond. For one, we prove that grassroots coalition building can have a lasting impact on our county. [Read more…]

Thoughts from the RNC: We have Become a Nation of Fear

Embed from Getty Images   By Alan Howard The 2016 Republican Party National Convention has been consigned to history. And what a convention it was. It seemed like the overarching theme was one word: Fear. Fear of lost jobs, of immigrants and refugees, loss of Christian identity, fear of terrorism and Muslims, fear of black [Read More…]

Not My City, Not My Country: On Freedom of Speech and Shutting Down Trump Rally in Chicago

By Suroor Raheemullah Malcolm X said: “We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.” I carried this message on a sign at the protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Chicago on Friday. In later remarks about the protest, Trump called [Read More…]