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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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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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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Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

Asian Americans, Growing in Numbers, Show Political Clout at the DNC

PHILADELPHIA — As Asian American elected officials and community leaders take the stage here this week at the Democratic National Convention, the formidable presence and political force of Asian American voters on the nation’s electoral decision-making process can no longer be ignored.

Measured by the growing Asian electorate — which is projected to double from almost 6 million in 2016 to 12.2 million in 2040 — and the increasing number of Asian American congressional candidates, Asian voters can now shape and influence the elections, according to the Asian American Pacific and Islander (AAPI) Vote.

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