(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/17/2017) -- Beginning Monday, May 1, American Muslim delegates from across the nation will take part in the 3rd National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The lobbying effort is sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of leading national and local American Muslim organizations. Muslim delegates are expected to meet with at least third of the House of Representatives and almost half of the Senate.
National Muslim Advocacy Day delegates will promote a legislative agenda in support of equality and social justice, and will outline the domestic priorities of the American Muslim community.
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/17/17) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter to either apologize or resign for calling civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) a "racist pig" in a Facebook post.
"Georgia Muslims feel a special affection for Congressman John Lewis, whose legacy reminds our community that advancing civil rights and defeating bigotry are achievable goals," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "If a civil rights icon like Representative Lewis is not safe from vile words of hatred, no one is. Mr. Hunter should apologize without reservation or resign without delay."
Author: Jimmy Jones
For African-Americans, the annual time period between Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on January 15th and the end of February is bittersweet. This is because we hear quite a bit about Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of Black History for about six weeks, only to be shunted aside again on March 1st of every year.
Nevertheless, we rightly remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a genuine American hero. So was recently departed astronaut and senator John Glenn, the first American in space.
Yet neither of these men could have soared to the heights that they did without the passionate, persistent, consistent, and competent help of women who just happened to be African-American.
In John Glenn’s case, the full story of these women was finally told in the book “Hidden Figures,” written by Margot Lee Shetterly and released as a Hollywood film with the same title.
Mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson made calculations that were invaluable to the success and safety of America’s first manned space flight by our hero John Glenn.
I am a bit familiar with the racial mores of the part of the country in which these women worked. The Langley Research Center is located in Hampton, Va., near where I spent four years (1964-68) as an undergraduate at the overwhelmingly Black Hampton University.
(SAN JOSE, CA, 01/13/17) - On Monday, January 16, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, leaders from local mosques including the Muslim Community Association, SABA Islamic Center, South Bay Islamic Association, and West Valley
Muslim Association will welcome the Diocese of San Jose's Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and members of local Catholic congregations for an event to express mutual understanding and support between the community. The afternoon program will include comments from the Bishop and several other leaders and a shared meal among attendees.