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Faith and Trauma: Abrahamic Religions as Victims and Perpetrators

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Last week the Center for Interfaith Engagement at Eastern Mennonite University held a panel discussion titled "Faith and Trauma: Abrahamic Perspectives" at the American Islamic College in Chicago. The overall theme of the event was...

Arab Community Leader Rasmea Odeh: Sentence Impacted by Broad Support

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In a trial that Judge Drain declared was "not political," Rasmea Odeh was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison, a $1,000 fine, immediate revocation of her citizenship, and deportation to Jordan after serving...

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Verdict Devalues Lives of Arab and Muslim Women

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"Odeh doesn't have ties to the Chicago community. She has apparently done good work at the Arab American Action Network, but that work is not a substantial tie to the community. She could do...

Rasmea Odeh Case: USA vs. Arab-Americans

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In a strange turn of events, prosecutors have accused the Rasmea Defense Committee, all of Odeh supporters, and the leader of a prominent Arab-American social services group of "jury tampering" and "almost certainly criminal"...

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Detroit Hearing Update

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Once again the supporters of Rasmea Odeh came to Detroit for a hearing on her case. This time they had to be content with chanting with confrontational DHS police outside the courthouse and filling...

Chicago Protesters Disrupt Israel Fundraiser

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Attendees of the Jewish United Fund "Chicago Stands With Israel" fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton last night were met with over 250 protestors picketing outside as well as a die-in representing the continued Palestinian...

Chicago Protests Media Silence on Palestinian Deaths in Gaza

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Last Sunday, an estimated 8,000 people protested in Chicago against the media silence on the over 2,000 deaths in Gaza during the current conflict. Proving the point, the protest was barely covered by the...

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Pro-Israel Judge Refuses to Step Down

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As Rasmea Odeh's supporters packed the courtroom for her hearing in the U.S. District Court in Detroit on July 31st, they heard Judge Borman refuse to step down from the case even though he...

Chicago Commemorates Al-Quds Day

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On Friday, a diverse crowd of 400 people commemorated al-Quds Day that takes place annually in multiple cities around the world. This year Chicago's event and others across the world were focused on the assault...

Chicago & the World Protest Collective Punishment of Palestinians

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Over 1000 people from a coalition of Chicagoland Palestinians, along with members of student, faith-based, human rights and  social justice groups, turned out for a rally and march last Saturday to demand an end...

Pritzker ready to toast ‘cocktails-to-go’ — but Lightfoot wants a chaser

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Hand sanitizer is seen between a cocktail and a beer tab at The Instiution bar in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. | Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images While Mayor Lori Lightfoot is supportive of...

Little Village Forces CPS to Postpone Co-Location Proposal But Fight Far From Over

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The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) emailed a cryptic press statement on Tuesday evening stating "CPS has postponed the proposed Saucedo/Spry colocation at the request of the community. We will hold regular meetings with stakeholders...

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