Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
Bill is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Monitor. He is a full-time activist with a long history of civil rights, anti-racism, anti-war, Irish Republican, and Palestine solidarity work. He is also a member of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and has a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies with a focus on Muslim American social justice groups.

Zareena Grewal: American Muslims and the Reform of Islam

Zareena Grewal, a historical anthropologist who teaches American Studies and Religious Studies at Yale University, gave the al-Ghazali Intercultural Lecture at Elmhurst College on the topic of "American Muslims and the Reform of Islam". The focus of her research is on race, gender, religion, nationalism and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her speech was based...

Anti-Boycott Bills Threatening Academic Freedom Spread to Illinois

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) , the largest association of academics devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history, passed a resolution to endorse the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. To quote from the resolution - “Whereas the American Studies Association is committed to the pursuit of...

Federal Judge Declares Spying on Muslim Americans Constitutional

On February 20th, a New Jersey federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Muslim Advocates on behalf of Muslim Americans secretly spied on in mosques, businesses, and student associations by the New York Police Department (NYPD). These organizations were labeled as “Locations of Concern” implying they demonstrated “a significant pattern...

Most Important Player in the Middle East Peace Process: The BDS Movement

At the beginning of February, a remarkable exchange took place between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu when Kerry warned that Israel could find itself increasingly targeted by a boycott if it fails to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. It isn't important that he didn't quite say that and Israeli government officials predictably reacted...

Reza Aslan and “Zealot”: Six Months On

Reza Aslan, Middle East Commentator for NPR, Muslim Affairs Analyst, and author of "No god but God: the Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" spoke at Elmhurst College on February 14 about his most recent book "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth". The lecture was six months after his book was published and after his infamous...

Social Media Drives BDS Movement in the U.S.

Scarlett Johansson quit her role as global ambassador at Oxfam, a humanitarian aid organization fighting world poverty and injustice, because of a three week campaign by activists protesting her multi-year deal as "global brand ambassador" for SodaStream. SodaStream is a target of the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement because one of its primary manufacturing plants is in the...




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