Sometimes the best ideas arise from outlandish jokes shared between friends — something so silly and farfetched that you’d never think other people would actually be interested in it, too. That’s how the South Asian American writer and political activist Tanzila Ahmed — who goes by the nickname “Taz” — came to create the wildly popular podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, with collaborator and friend Zahra Noorbakhsh, an Iranian American comedian and writer.Details
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Two years ago, everything seemed to fall into place for Chando Kem, from his mental state to his work and love life.
That was when the Long Beach resident applied for and received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that grants certain undocumented youth temporary relief from deportation, a social security number, and a permit to work.
“Now I’m not afraid to walk anywhere,” said the native of Cambodia who has lived most of his life undocumented.Details
Celebrities, elected leaders, and 20,000 other caring people unite to raise funds for much needed HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs
WHO: Celebrities in attendance will include: Ken Todd & Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules), Michael Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Carson Kressley (Dancing With the Stars), Our Lady J (classical pianist, TV writer on Transparent, and singer-songwriter), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS).Details
One thing you might not know about teachers is that deep down, we fear for our lives.
I know teachers across my state keep their classroom locked for no other reason than someone with an assault rifle could come through the door at any moment. They honestly don’t do it but for that: Not gangs, or the threat of a principal walking in unannounced. They do it just to be safe. It’s like wearing a seatbelt. When I put it like that it sounds alarmist, and I don’t mean to cause a panic, but when we talk about the dearth of gun laws in this country, some alarum might be in order.Details
The Pope’s visit to the United States comes as the U.S. Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic shift driven in large part by demographic changes happening across the nation. Today’s Catholic heart of America lies in the West, in places like California’s Central Valley, where a fast rising immigrant – and largely Latino – population is filling church pews to the brim.Details
Directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, and filmed in Malawi and Sierra Leone, the film spotlights the quest of Ann Gloag, the indefatigable philanthropist and former nurse who drives the movement to save these vulnerable women, and presents the patients as they tell stirring tales of their struggles and triumphs. Everything culminates with the exuberant Gladi Gladi ceremony, a singing and dancing blowout that marks the day the women and girls return home cured.Details
Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.
Ahmed Mohamed, a fourteen-year-old freshman in a high school in Texas, was handcuffed and detained by police after he took a homemade alarm clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But another teacher thought it looked like a bomb and called the police. The boy in his NASA T-shirt was interrogated and taken to a juvenile detention centre, triggering off a huge row about Islamophobia and stereotyping.Details
A child should not have to die to mobilize governments into credible action.
The photograph of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed ashore, which has mobilized international responses to the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean over the past week, signals two inter-related tragedies: firstly, that of the human loss and suffering that is ongoing in this context, and secondly, that of the dire shortcomings of global and regional good governance of migration.Details
The photo of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian child who drowned and washed on the shores of Turkey, has inspired volumes of poetry and sympathy. But words and tears will not help the people of Syria. Actions are needed by all governments— including ours— which considers itself the leading force in the free world.Details
LOS ANGELES — Saul Montoya had his green card for 35 years before he decided to become a U.S. citizen. It was his wife Leticia, who is a U.S. citizen herself, who finally convinced him.
“My wife inspired me, saying, ‘If I leave before you, I don’t want to leave you like this,’” said Montoya.
The idea that if she died before him, he could still be vulnerable to deportation as a green card holder was enough to change his mind. He decided to apply for naturalization in March 2015. In June, he became a U.S. citizen.Details