Hindu Goddess’s Depiction as 21st Century Modern Woman Roils Indians

“Waarrior Savitri,” the newest offering of Indian American film director Param Gill scheduled for release in India and the U.S. Aug. 25, has received considerable backlash for its depiction of the Hindu goddess as a modern, 21st-century woman.

Effigies bearing the image of the award-winning director have been burned in Raipur and elsewhere across India, according to local media reports.

Sushil Malhotra, president of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum, observed that the film “makes a mockery of a revered Indian goddess.” He said the film was “obscene.”

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Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email

Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

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30,000 Muslim refugees accepted in U.S. in 2016

The U.S. has accepted more Muslim refugees than any other religious group during the current fiscal year, according to data compiled by the Pew Research Center.

Nearly half of the more than 63,000 refugees who have been granted residency this year are Muslim – marking the highest number since fiscal year 2002 when self-reported data on religious affiliation was first made public.

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair: A Splendid Decade of the Literary Word

Leimert Park Village Book Fair: A Splendid Decade of the Literary Word

Los Angeles- Every day is a good day in Los Angeles. Fritz Coleman forecast was spot on. Bill Withers recorded a joyful song entitled “Lovely Day.” Yes, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, these were the main ingredients that contributed to the success of the 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Village Book Fair.

The 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Book Fair was held on Saturday, August 20th, from 10-6:00PM, on the outdoor promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. (BHCP).

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An Open Letter to Donald Trump from a Muslim American

An Open Letter to Donald Trump from a Muslim American

I write this open letter to you as a Muslim American whose loyalty to the United States is at least as unwavering as your own obstinacy in insisting that we are the enemy.

Here’s the truth, Donald.

150 years after the Civil War, we are locked in another kind of conflict that is yet again revealing the values that define us as Americans. What you have consistently and conclusively proved is that, in every sense of the word, you fall short of these values.

Let me set the context.

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A Blueprint for Muslim-American Activism

A Blueprint for Muslim-American Activism

In his powerful and propulsive speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia last week, former President Bill Clinton made a compelling case for Hillary Clinton’s presidency.

As a Muslim American, however, I was most captivated when he said, “If you are a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.”

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DHS Announces 18-Month Redesignation and Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

USCIS, News Alert WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018. This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for…

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Ilhan Omar Poised to Become Nation's First Somali American Legislator

Ilhan Omar Poised to Become Nation’s First Somali American Legislator

MINNEAPOLIS – A multiracial coalition of African immigrants, liberals and university students helped make history in Minnesota on Tuesday when they carried Somalia-born Ilhan Omar to victory in the hotly contested Minnesota House District 60B primary and effectively ending the career of the state’s longest serving legislator, Phyliss Kahn, who has been in office uninterrupted since 1972.

The victory positions her to be the first Somali-American legislator in the country.

District 60B which includes a section of downtown Minneapolis starts south of I-94 in Minneapolis and goes north to Hennepin Avenue and terminates east at the border with the city of St. Paul.

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Senators Fire Back at Trump’s Proposed Ban On Immigrants From ‘Terrorist Nations'

Senators Fire Back at Trump’s Proposed Ban On Immigrants From ‘Terrorist Nations’

Two senators on Friday, August 5 have responded to Donald Trump’s call to ban immigration from countries with high rates of terrorism, including the Philippines.

Denouncing the Republican nominee’s comments, the senators asserted that the Philippines is a key ally helping the United States fight terrorism and that Filipino immigrants have contributed largely to the United States.

“Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in a statement.

“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home.  It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”

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