Arab Young Organization Produces Report on Arab Representation in Schools

Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Blog

The Arab Young Organization, a project of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, has produced entitled “TURATH: Teaching, Understanding, and Representing Arabs Throughout History.” It aims to uncover the representation of Arab identity, culture, and history in high school curricula, using survey findings, and on the ground research.

It also includes findings on anti-Arab racism in the school system, and the extent to which Arab American students themselves feel marginalized or “irrelevant” based on the narrative they are given in their classrooms.

Beyond the reporting aspect, TURATH also includes some great recommendations for changes at the...

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Johnny Khamis: Arab American Candidate for San Jose City Council

Posted by on May 07, 2012 in Blog

Johnny Khamis has big plans for the city of San Jose, and he’s hoping the community agrees and elects him to serve on San Jose City Council this year.

Khamis has lived in San Jose for 36 years, and in his district for 17 years. He’s been involved in numerous aspects of San Jose life, including serving as the Chairman of Civic Engagement, helping with small business development, and aiding in the creation of the Arab American Cultural Center. He’s seen a lot of things going on with the city that concerns him, like cuts in services...

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Sacramento Mosque Opens Doors to Churchless Church on Easter Sunday

Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Blog

By Danielle Malaty

When The Spiritual Life Center, a Sacramento Christian church, found itself without a venue to hold its Easter Sunday services this past weekend, the church's Reverend Michael Moran came up with what many may call an unconventional solution. He sought the help of a local mosque. For the past 12 years, church-goers and members of the Spiritual Life Center of Sacramento rented space at the Pioneer Christian Church, but when their lease expired on March 31, the 500-member congregation was left with little time to find somewhere else to hold their Easter Sunday service, which is, historically,...

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“Brick by Brick”

Posted by on February 07, 2012 in Blog

By Dalal Hillou

By 2013, the first liberal arts Muslim college may be established in Berkeley, California. Zaytuna Institute - from which the proposed college stems - was founded in 1996. After its founding, Zaytuna quickly gained a reputation for providing leading educational programs and publications for the surrounding and national Muslim community. In 2009, Zaytuna College was created with the purpose of serving as an institution dedicated to higher learning with a curriculum in Islamic Studies and Arabic, as well as in the humanities and social sciences. Holding classes in rented buildings, the school has never had its own...

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Rep. Mike Honda Responds to Lowe’s Issue

Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Blog

Today, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), who earlier this week wrote a fantastic op-ed in the Washington Post condemning the King Hearings, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding Lowe's decision to pull its advertising from TLC's All-American Muslim. Honda connects the fear-mongering that characterized the King Hearings with the blatant bigotry surrounding the Lowe's controversy, and codemns the manner in which "these misguided actions perpetuate a culture of fear and hysteria that tragically tears America’s social fabric and precipitously damages our national...

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Rep. Mike Honda Responds to Lowe’s Issue

Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Blog

Today, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), who earlier this week wrote a fantastic op-ed in the Washington Post condemning the King Hearings, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding Lowe's decision to pull its advertising from TLC's All-American Muslim. Honda connects the fear-mongering that characterized the King Hearings with the blatant bigotry surrounding the Lowe's controversy, and codemns the manner in which "these misguided actions perpetuate a culture of fear and hysteria that tragically tears America’s social fabric and precipitously damages our national...

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Take Action - Congress Sends Letter To Lowe’s

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Blog

The controversy around Lowe’s decision to pull its advertisements from TLC’s All-American Muslim has ignited an inspiring response from tens of thousands of Americans who were dismayed by the corporation’s willingness to succumb to the pressure of hate groups and Islamophobes.

Yesterday, California State Senator Ted Lieu blasted Lowe’s for their “bigoted, shameful, and un-American” actions.

Today, the United States Congress is weighing in.

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) have circulated an inspiring Dear Colleague letter to all members of the House of Representatives, asking them to sign a letter to Lowe’s...

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Rep. Mike Honda Responds to King Hearings

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Blog

In yesterday's Washington Post, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) authored a powerful and eloquent response to the Islamophobic "hearings" sponsored by Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Honda decries King's "prejudice, hysteria and a failure of leadership," and draws compelling parallels between the bigoted rhetoric toward Muslims today, and the internment of Japense Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor: King used the anniversary of Pearl Harbor to claim that America faces an imminent threat from a religious ‘enemy within.’ The hearing continued a dangerous trend of using tragic but isolated crimes...

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Rep. Mike Honda Responds to King Hearings

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Blog

In yesterday's Washington Post, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) authored a powerful and eloquent response to the Islamophobic "hearings" sponsored by Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Honda decries King's "prejudice, hysteria and a failure of leadership," and draws compelling parallels between the bigoted rhetoric toward Muslims today, and the internment of Japense Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor: King used the anniversary of Pearl Harbor to claim that America faces an imminent threat from a religious ‘enemy within.’ The hearing continued a dangerous trend of using tragic but isolated crimes...

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Arab American Caucus Promotes Voter Engagement

Posted by on February 24, 2002 in Blog

The Arab American Caucus of the Democratic Party of California is promoting civic engagement among the Arab American community in preparation for the 2012 election season. The group encourages Arab American community members to be delegates to the national convention, which excites the local community and incites participation.

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