Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Journalists and bloggers to be monitored under Trump administration plan

U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton dismisses “tinfoil hat wearing” reporters who question the government’s motives in an official tweet. The DHS is looking to compile a database of journalists, bloggers and social media “influencers” here and overseas, Bloomberg reported. A request filed on April 3 sought a contractor to gather information on people posting across all platforms — radio, print, digital, and television — in 100 languages. Bids are expected on April 13. According to Bloomberg, the request came amid “heightened concern” about accuracy in media and the potential for foreigners to influence U.S. elections...

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Press group condemns killing of Palestinian photojournalist reporting in Gaza

The photographer Yaser Murtaja was shot in the chest by the Israeli army, and four additional journalists were injured by live fire on April 6. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the actions by Israeli troops, in which Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was fatally shot at Gaza’s border with Israel, and called for an independent investigation into this crime against press freedom. Yaser Murtaja was wounded by a shot fired by Israeli soldiers while he was covering the “Great Return March” demonstrations by Palestinians at the border, and died of his injuries during the night. When shot, he was wearing...

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Molly Collins: Learning to be an effective advocate

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition hosted a networking brunch on February 23, presenting an overview from the ACLU Wisconsin about how the state legislatures work and what citizens can do to be more effective proponents. When advocating for change, the first thing the public should do is determine who has the power to make it happen. It is important to learn about the different levels of government in Wisconsin, and develop strategies to use to accomplish civil goals and get what is needed from the people in power. Molly Collins has worked in the nonprofit arena for more than...

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Muslim Film Festival for 2018 explores Sports, Civil War, and Interfaith friendships

The Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) recently announced its 4th Annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival to be held from April 22 through May 7. The event is one of America’s leading International Muslim Film Festivals, with the 2018 lineup screening 10 showings of 7 films at 4 venues in Milwaukee for free. Due to the generous support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary Nohl Fund, the festival returns this year with an array of films that highlight the Muslim experience. The intention of the festival has been to use film as a way to open conversations on topics that...

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New racism index exposes social media incitement against Palestinians

Every 71 seconds there is an inciting post uploaded against Palestine and the Palestinian people, with a total of 445,000 calls for violence, hate speech posts, and curses against Palestinians. One out of nine social media posts about Palestinians contains a call for violence or a curse. Yet Facebook removes tens of thousands of Palestinian posts each year, through an extraordinary agreement with the Israeli government. Mark Zuckerberg is currently under fire due to breaches of his social network’s privacy policy, and how Facebook has accepted dark money to allow its tools to be used for altering public opinion...

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Naturalization ceremony welcomes diversity of faith and culture to America

“As a federal judge, this is the best thing I do. Some say that I get to marry people, but no, because about half of those marriages end up on the rocks. When I get to make new Americans, you guys stay Americans for life. It is the most solemn and wonderful service I get to perform, the creation of brand new Americans.” – Magistrate Judge David E. Jones, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin The Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office, and the U.S. District Court hosted a naturalization ceremony on March...

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