A Muslim's Perspective on the First Debate

by Saif Hamideh

 

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EmergeUSA & MPAC: 2016 Presidential Voter Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Baura Zia

MPAC & EmergeUSA Release ‘2016 Presidential Voter Guide’

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Statement on Fort Pierce Mosque Burning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

September 12, 20106
Contact: Amina Spahic 

Elected Officials Asked to Stand With Community After Mosque is Targeted as Arson

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America's Problem Isn't Guns. It's Gun Culture.

 

 

A new beginning for some.
A sad reminder for others. 

Today, after nearly 4 years, a new Sandy Hook Elementary School opened in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults died as a result of a mass shooting. Mass shootings have become an American phenomenon. There is no western country that can compare to the US when it comes to the frequency of gun related deaths. 

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The image above shows how the US compares to other western nations.

A Country's Obsession 

There is something to be said about how much emphasis is put on the Second Amendment. Guns are considered by some as symbolic of American freedom. When compared to the UK, guns are clearly ingrained in the American culture unlike other countries. BBC put together an infographic showing the comparison side by side below: 
The US is only one of three countries that has explicit gun ownership rights stated in the constitution. Since the time of the Revolutionary War to the iconic cowboys in the west and the romanticizing of war in the 50's, guns have made US citizens feel safe and helped build an identity that is uniquely our own. Talks about gun control are typically viewed as threatening a way of life by pro-gun activists. We have to ask ourselves if that kind of mentality has threatened actual lives more. Recent negative rhetoric directed at immigrants, people of color, and people of certain religions among others has only served to increase the paranoia that correlates directly to that illusion of being 'unsafe.' Fear should not be the driving force behind wanting to make access to guns easier. Fear should make us more concerned with having proper gun use and education about gun safety because in 2016 alone, more accidental shootings took place than those made in self defense. 
 
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Newt Gingrich And His #ShariaTest

In the wake of the violence in Nice, France, the American Muslim community along with the rest of the world is collectively mourning the loss of life and peace. Unfortunately, the American Muslim community has received unjust backlash in the wake of these tragic events due to the narrative that is pushed by the media regarding Muslims and Islam, which ignites even more attacks in the US and worldwide. Those attacks sometimes come from opinion leaders and influencers who have a responsibility to inform the public, but fail the American Muslim community by promoting bigotry. Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, has already called for more surveillance and scrutiny of American citizens who practice Islam. This is unacceptable. 

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A Historic First: American Muslim Elected to Texas Democratic Committee

The 2016 Texas Democratic State Convention held in June saw a historic achievement when AJ Durrani was elected as the first Muslim and Asian American to represent Texas as a super delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

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Emerge USA Interviews Ahmad Rafah, American Muslim Candidate for Santa Clara City Council

In order to drive change, strong leadership is needed on all levels of government: federal, state and city. Ahmad Rafah is leading the way in Santa Clara, CA and is currently running for City Council as the first American Muslim and ethnic minority in the city's 150 year history. Emerge USA’s Communications Coordinator Baura Zia recently spoke with Mr. Rafah about his campaign.

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Emerge USA Zakaat Eligible

Numerous Muslim scholars have confirmed that Zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve the Muslim community by protecting their rights or defending their honor.
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Emerge USA Hosts Meeting with Clinton Campaign

The 2016 presidential election is an incredibly important time for the American Muslim community and Emerge USA is leading the way in engaging in dialogue with leading presidential candidates on behalf of the American Muslim community.

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Muslim Women Run For County Commission Seats Across Florida

                by Tamara Tillman-Ayon

Politicians have always played an important role in governing our country. Yet as history continues to show, leadership is not often reflective of our diverse population and women are still battling to break glass ceilings.

That is about to change.
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