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Dear Bill Clinton: We Are Americans Who Are Muslim, Not Your Political Pawns

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By Yasmina Blackburn

It’s the morning after. I’m With Her feminists are rejoicing; Feel the Bern progressives are hurting; and, Muslim Americans are hurting too. The day history was made at the Democratic National Convention marking the first time a woman has been nominated for President was also the day her party relegated all Muslim Americans as simply pawns in the political process.

Health and Safety Hazards Plague Rio Olympics

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The Olympics are a time for people from all countries and walks of life to come together and celebrate in competition. Through laughter, tears of joy and sorrow, we bear witness to great moments in athletics and watch as our favorite athlete goes for the gold. Typically in the weeks leading up to the Olympics, we feel a sense of angst and excitement as we await the Opening Ceremonies. This Summer Olympics however, has already left fans and sports enthusiasts questioning whether the IOC choice of Rio de Janeiro was wise or even safe.

The Disney Princess and Promoting the Independent White Woman

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With thirteen official princesses, Disney has captured the hearts and minds of adults and children alike. The array of unique princesses follow similar paths of discovery by encountering obstacles and striving for a happy ending in their respective magical lands. From Snow White to Frozen, kids everywhere absorb the values and social norms expressed in the animated films.

Sectarianism and Islam in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

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Islam, like many other religions, is a very diverse religion with many branches. The majority of Muslims belong to the Sunni sect, while the minorities include Shias, Ahmedis, Sufis, and other smaller groups. These sects are all neighbors with one another, and many have learned to coexist peacefully. However, in some Muslim majority countries, being a different sect of the religion can have severe ramifications.

Court Decides Texas Voter ID Law Violates U.S Voting Rights Act

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Texas voter ID law violates the U.S Voting Rights Act and actively discriminates against the impoverished and minorities, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court.

Op Ed – Challenges of Muslim Women in College

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Hate toward other groups of people has increasingly been instilled in the hearts of people who commit hate crimes and other forms of negative behavior. The media has had a big part in brainwashing society into thinking that the Muslim community oppresses women. The statement that America is the land of the free for all people has been neglected as many have lost their rights and freedom due to constant harassment. Muslims have been viewed as violent people even though Islam promotes the opposite of violence and hate. Generalizations are the sound-bites of the day. Many people fail to fully educate themselves and instead allow the media to teach them stereotypes.

No Fly, No Buy…and No Due Process

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Last month, numerous House Democrats staged a sit-in in the chamber of the House of Representatives. They were demanding that Speaker Paul Ryan call a vote on three pieces of legislation seeking to strengthen gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre. The desire of Democrats in Congress to do all that they can to keep guns out of the hands of people intent on harming others is understandable, irrespective political leanings. But one of these pieces of proposed legislation makes a mockery of due process and seeks to undermine the very basis of the U.S. judicial system.

Chicago Alderman Carlos Rosa to Introduce Community Control of Police Resolution

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By Bill Chambers

At a press conference at City Hall yesterday morning, Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) announced that he plans to introduce a resolution to provide elected community control of the police at today’s City Council meeting. The resolution is for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that would be the first of its kind in the country. As Alderman Rosa said at the very beginning, “This isn’t my ordinance, it’s the community’s ordinance.” Standing behind him were representatives from the Chicago Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression (CAARPR), Trinity United Church of Christ, and members from SEIU Healthcare – one of the unions endorsing CPAC.

China and the New Resource Imperialism in Africa

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The biggest player in the economies that populate the vast African continent in the past few years has not been South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, or any of the other economic giants in their respective regions. Instead, China has been steadily increasing its investments in transportation, infrastructure, and raw materials over the past decade. While many countries have experienced an economic boost because of these investments, the encroachment of the Chinese has also been met with accusations of imperialism.

The Solution Still Ignored: Community Control of the Police

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By Bill Chambers

Over 40 years ago, Black and Latino activists in Chicago, raised the demand for community control of policing practices and justice for police crimes. The Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Party both pressed for community control of the police in the late 1960s and early 1970s without success. Community control of the police is NOT “Community Policing” – a discredited concept that some in the Obama Administration have been pushing since 2015 as the answer to police violence. Community control of the police means ensuring accountability for police crimes. The deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in St. Paul and five Dallas police officers – Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith – means it’s time for a solution to police crimes that has been ignored for over 40 years.