Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

The Trials and Uncertainty of Being Undocumented in Milwaukee

Editor’s Note: Due to the sensitive and politically detrimental behavior of the Trump Administration’s actions around all issues of immigration, the Wisconsin Muslim Journal has purposely withheld the identity of the individual who we interviewed. WMJ wants to share her story as an example for others to understand, not place her situation in jeopardy. With family originally from Beirut, Lebanon, she was born in Kuwait and at 8 months old came to the United States with her parents. America is the only country she has ever known as a homeland, and Milwaukee has always been her hometown. References to...

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Wisconsin rallies to abolish ICE and halt the indefinite imprisonment of families

Hundreds of immigrant community members and supporters rallied outside the Milwaukee office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 21 to protest President Trump’s Executive Order regarding the indefinite imprisonment of families in internment camps and to call for the abolition of ICE. “Right now, my family is suffering from the detention of my brother-in-law and nephew as they were coming to the United States,” Ondina Andino, a US Citizen from Honduras whose brother-in-law José Cornejo-Lopez and nephew Wueili Josue Cornejo Perez are being held in separate internment camps in Arizona. “They were arrested and separated over a...

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The Muslim Ban: What the Supreme Court Decision could mean

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, several commentators wrote about the Court’s reasoning in that case and its possible implications for President Trump’s Muslim Ban—the legality of which is set to be decided in the upcoming days. In Masterpiece, the Court focused on statements by members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, finding that they displayed “some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility” toward Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs. Even though the Court recognized that those statements could be subject to multiple interpretations, it nonetheless invalidated the Commission’s finding...

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Salim Amin: Sharing the Ghosts of Africa in the images of Mohamed Amin

Salim Amin, the son and only child of Mohamed “Mo” Amin, undertook a journey of recollection and reflection into the life of the frequently absent, globe-trotting father he loved, revered, and feared. Focusing his camera lens across continents, Mo Amin’s thirst for breaking news put him repeatedly in harm’s way. Over his legendary career, he endured weeks of torture, automatic arms fire, explosives, and the amputation of his left arm, to become one of the most decorated news camera-men of all time. Salim now runs the vast Camerapix archive of his father’s work, preserving and displaying images of Africa...

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Using the Photography of Chip Duncan and Mohamed Amin to inspire change

The Friends of the Charles Allis invited the public to a special panel discussion with two internationally acclaimed storytellers, African filmmaker Salim Amin and Milwaukee-based photographer and filmmaker Chip Duncan, about their mission to help soften barriers to thoughtful exchange across the greater Milwaukee community by sharing the heartening journey of emergent African peoples through film and photography. The companion exhibit Inspiring Change: The Photography of Chip Duncan and Mohamed Amin runs through October 21 and features the work of Duncan, alongside acclaimed African photographer Amin (1943-96), the Kenyan photojournalist responsible for exposing Ethiopia’s famine crisis globally in the...

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Thomas Jefferson and Islam as an American religion

After last year’s deliberate break with tradition, President Donald Trump has resumed the iftar dinner – the sundown meal during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. An estimated 3.3 million American Muslims celebrate Ramadan. The month of Ramadan marks the time when Prophet Muhammad is believed to have first received revelations from God and has been celebrated at the White House since 1996. It was Hillary Clinton who started the tradition as first lady. However, last year, the Trump White House did not host the traditional reception. Neither did the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson, even though the...

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