Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Summit panelists discuss immigration issues impacting Milwaukee in the Trump Era

The 12th Annual Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit was held on November 15 in the UW-Milwaukee Union Alumni Fireside Lounge, featuring a distinguished panel of community leaders and policy experts who discussed the hot topic issue of immigration. “Immigration and the City in the Trump Era” covered different aspects of immigration policy, immigrant rights, and refugee resettlement experiences in Milwaukee under the current federal administration, and highlighted different advocacy efforts. Panelists included Rachel Buff, UW-Milwaukee Department of History & Cultures and Communities Program; Mary Flynn, Program Manager of Refugee Resettlement, LSS of WI and Upper MI; Janan...

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How anti-immigration policies ingrain fear instead of hope for local refugees

Written by Analise Pruni • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service When Janan Najeeb speaks in rural areas about immigration, she is sometimes escorted by police because her hijab and her faith make her a “scary” person. As president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, she said people need to “wage a war of information” when it comes to immigration. “Most people are not intentionally hateful,” Najeeb said. “They’re just ignorant.” At a recent panel at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, moderated by Urban Studies director Joel Rast, five panelists addressed “Immigration and the City in the Trump Era” and the...

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Trump’s anti-immigrant military enlistment policy blocked by Federal judge

Despite attacking family members of fallen war heroes, criticizing Sen. John McCain for being captured in war, and recently deploying troops to the border for a costly and unnecessary political stunt, President Donald Trump has nonetheless boasted about his supposed support for military service members. During his presidential run, Trump even went so far as to say that, “There’s nobody bigger or better on the military than I am.” And yet, the Trump administration has quietly been taking action against immigrants who have wished for nothing more than to serve in the personnel-starved U.S. armed forces. Last week, a...

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47th annual international craft fair sells products to advocate for peace

The Milwaukee Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends held the 47th Annual International Gift Shop at their Meetinghouse in the Riverwest neighborhood on November 30 and December 1, attracting hundreds of shoppers who supported global causes with their local purchases. Commonly referred to as Quakers, the organization’s craft fair has been a regular attraction for hand-made gifts from Wisconsin and around the world. Part of the collection of products for sale again this year included items from Palestine. “These products from Palestine are brought to America by an organization that has programs in Palestine, and advocates for...

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For Uighurs in China, Islam is seen as a “mental Illness” that needs to be “cured”

China’s relentless campaign to erase the identity of the Uighurs continues, as the world remains silent. Abdulla* goes to bed every night dreading that knock on the door, a knock he has heard in recurrent nightmares and in stories from neighbors. He expects it can come at any moment. He is an ethnic Uighur and has always called Xinjiang his home. His forefathers lived and toiled atop this land for centuries, which the nascent communist Chinese government annexed in 1949. He is a father of two, a son and a daughter, and a devout Muslim – cautiously performing his...

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From the River to the Sea: CNN fires commentator Marc Lamont Hill for Palestinian Solidarity at UN

No one gets closer to peace by silencing voices critical of a lethal status quo. We need a candid debate about the grim catastrophe unfolding in Israel. Why is it so difficult, if not impossible, to have a candid debate about the grim Israeli-Palestinian catastrophe that prevails in our midst? What stands in the way of our capacity to grasp the undeniable need for justice for Palestinians and the understandable fear of annihilation of the Jews in Israel? Is the only option a desperate Palestinian counter-violent struggle against the structural and military violence of the occupying Israeli state? The...

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