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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South African Consulate Los Angeles Celebrates Women’s Day

August 9th, 2016, the South African consulate celebrated the commemoration of the historic 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria. A day when over 20,000 women protested the ill treatment of the Apartheid system that stripped black people of their dignity.

Guests were thrilled to honor this fascinating legacy in the company of the host Consul-General, Mrs. Danielle de Bruyn Grady,daughter , daughter of Sophia Williams-De Bruyn the last living leader of this famous march. An event that would forever shift the paradigm and status for women the march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams.

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Arabs and African Americans: A Complicated Relationship Between Solidarity and Bigotry

Arabs and African Americans: A Complicated Relationship Between Solidarity and Bigotry

DETROIT — Arabs and African Americans appear to have a common struggle against white supremacy.

But when former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib participated in a protest demanding accountability for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dearborn police officer in December 2015, she received disparaging messages from prominent members in the Arab American community.

“Why are you there? Why are you against Chief (Ronald) Haddad? This makes the Arabs look bad. You guys shouldn’t be there. This isn’t your issue,” Tlaib said she was told.

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NJ Latino Delegates Highlight Progressive Agenda

PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a large number of Hispanic delegates in attendance, including one from New Jersey. Among the diverse group was Lizette Delgado Polanco, vice president of the New Jersey Democratic Party.

And although some of them were elected as delegates for former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, they did not hesitate to turn their support to Hillary Clinton.

“My motivation for supporting Hillary this time is more about my fear of a Donald Trump presidency than anything else,” notes Analilia Mejia, a New Jersey delegate for Bernie Sanders.

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