Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Zeidler Park hosts a celebration of community for 2018 World Refugee Day

Refugee awareness and local food came together over lunch at the Westown Farmers Market in downtown Milwaukee on June 20. The event marked eighteen years of globally recognizing World Refugee Day. The day of commemoration was established by the United Nations in 2000 and has been celebrated annually since in Milwaukee, a city full of well-established refugee communities. “This event is a chance to celebrate former refugees contributing to the community as skilled laborers, entrepreneurs, artists, neighbors, and friends,” said Alexander Durtka. president of the International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), one of the event planners. “Attendees had an abundance...

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U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing Muslim Ban decried by advocacy organizations

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, decried the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision announced this morning to allow the Muslim Ban 3.0 to remain in effect. In a 5-4 decision, the court reversed an injunction that had — until December 2017 — prevented the Trump administration from using the Muslim Ban 3.0 as a basis for denying visas to foreign nationals from eight affected countries. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor wrote: “A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the...

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Wellness class helps women refugees find relaxation and social connection

Written by Elizabeth Baker • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Arabic music boomed as 15 women refugees kicked off their shoes, took off their hijabs and let down their hair for an afternoon of dance, exercise and relaxation at the Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. Saturday’s event was the first in a series of weekly wellness classes designed specifically for them with medical spa palm springs ca service at the end of the day. The clinic’s past events for refugee women in Milwaukee, such as spring and summer socials and baby showers, help combat the social isolation many of these...

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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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