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ICYMI: The Anti-Islamophobia Bill Heads to the Senate

Last month, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass the Combating International Islamophobia Act that serves as a formal step to monitor and combat Islamophobia worldwide. The final vote, which took place on December 14th, was 219-212 along party lines. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), the chairman of the House Rules Committee, cited several…

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Ilhan Omar Slams Lauren Boebert for Her Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for telling a made-up anti-Muslim story during Thanksgiving break. In an attempt to entertain her laughing crowd, Boebert lied about having an encounter with Omar in the Capitol, calling it “not my first ‘Jihad Squad’ moment.” In essence, the clout-chasing story that Boebert made up implied…

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Ilhan Omar Faces Islamophobia From Her Own Political Party

United States Representative, Ilhan Omar, was caught in a crossfire with Jewish Representatives from the Democratic party over her recent question where she supposedly piled the U.S., Israel, Hamas, and the Taliban in the same category. During a video conference with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Omar called for justice for “all victims of crimes…

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6 Powerful Black Leaders You Should Know About

One of the greatest ways racism is perpetuated is through stereotypes, which create biases that influence real people’s choices and lives. These great Black leaders who have lead remarkable lives are examples of Black excellence. Black history isn’t only teaching about enslavement; that is racism at play to ignore the many accomplishments of legendary Black…

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Why Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Post About Being the Squad’s “Worst Nightmare” Isn’t “Just a Meme”

U.S. Congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a now removed Facebook image posing with a gun alongside images of U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib saying that she’s the “squad’s worst nightmare.”  You may have heard of Greene by now. She’s proudly Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, and racist.  She also embraces the QAnon conspiracy theories.  …

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Ilhan Omar Wins Minnesota Congressional Primary

Ilhan Omar has won her Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th district with 57% of the vote. After Rep. Omar’s high profile first term in Congress, she faced challenger Antone Melton Meaux in the Democratic primary. Melton Meaux, who is a first time political candidate, ran as a candidate “focused on the fifth,” and has called…

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20 Muslim Women to Watch in 2020

The recent years have been a total masterclass in how to handle our business when the world is ablaze around us. From a disconcerting rise in hate crimes to politicians who need to take several seats, it truly feels like we’ve seen it all. Above the madness, the incredible women featured on this list have…

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We Went Around Asking White People Where They’re REALLY From

Ah, to wake up to a steaming pile of bigotry and racism in the morning. That’s pretty much our everyday with President Trump in office, especially when he’s using his overactive Twitter account to attack four congresswomen of color. Not straying too far from every racist’s manifesto, Trump suggested that anyone who dares to express…

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No Surprise: ‘The Squad’ Literally Terrifies Trump

To say that the past few weeks on Capitol Hill have been anything but insane would be an understatement. The madness all began on Friday, when a war broke out between Nancy Pelosi and ‘The Squad’ (Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and friends). The battle, of course, brought about conversations around race and racial discrimination, with…

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Why Has the Democratic Party Repeatedly Failed Minorities?

This article was originally published in Visible Magazine (June 20, 2019).   As the nation gears up for the upcoming Democratic candidate debate, one thing that almost certainly won’t be on the agenda is the party’s treatment of its loyal Muslim members, like me. Like many in my community, I have been fiercely loyal to the Democratic…

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Is the Hijab Actually Unconstitutional?

Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, was suspended by Fox for questioning whether congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s hijab is American enough because of her dress: “Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Koran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia…

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Dear Jeanine Pirro, Ilhan Omar’s Hijab Makes Her More American Than You

The recent attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar by Fox New pundit, Jeanine Pirro, is just the latest in a series of attempts to discredit and intimidate a powerful Muslim woman who is deeply loyal to the U.S. Constitution and the United States. In an inexplicable tirade, Pirro thought it appropriate to address the Democratic Party, claiming…

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FACT CHECK: AIPAC Is One of the Strongest Lobbies in America

In a statement released this morning by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark offered a strong rebuke of perceived anti-semitism by freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Over the weekend, Congresswoman Ilhan made the following tweets that…

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Ilhan Omar is Taking Down the (Hijab) Ban

Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN), alongside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Rules Committee Ranking Democrat Jim McGovern (Mass.) have co-authored a proposal which would lift a 181-year ban on wearing hats on the House floor. This obscure ban came about as a rejection of a custom present in British Parliament. It’s time to amend…

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Ilhan Omar: Why Advocating for Palestine is Not Anti-Semitic

This past week, the U.S. midterms made history, electing an unprecedented wave of women leaders tasked with taking back our democracy.  Amongst them is 36-year-old Ilhan Omar, elected to Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. Omar, a Black Muslim woman and a Somali-American refugee, has made history three-fold:  as the first hijabi in Congress, the first Somali-American legislator,…