Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Milwaukee activists call for an end to America’s undeclared war in Yemen

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee 14, a group who burned draft files in 1968 to derail participating in Vietnam, anti-war protesters staged a rally around 16th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on September 22 to bring attention to America’s undeclared war in Yemen, and the devastating social impact it is causing. A group of Democratic Congressmen, including Ro Khanna, Adam Smith, Mark Pocan, and Jim McGovern, recently announced that they would introduce legislation in the House of Representatives this month invoking the War Powers Resolution. The action would force a vote on ending the U.S. participation in...

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IRC Book Review: The Size of a Mustard Seed

Elise Bellin, MLIS is the IRC Librarian and this book review is part of an ongoing series that focuses on a range of books within the IRC collection as a service to the community. The Size of a Mustard Seed by Umm Juwayriyah, © 2013 ISBN: 9780976786146 Urban fiction is a popular genre, that has often catered to African Americans. For a decade or more, Christian urban fiction has made its place by, while not entirely removing the violence or sexual content characteristic of urban fiction, adding the addition of God and faith. Now we have the next evolution...

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Fostering an inclusive workforce in Madison remains a complex effort

The state of Wisconsin’s efforts to attract and retain a younger workforce — in some cases spending millions of dollars advertising to people in other states — are coinciding with a growing public reckoning in Madison and surrounding Dane County with the fact that many of its minority residents don’t necessarily experience the city as welcoming or inclusive. What’s more, people of color or other marginalized backgrounds get burned out on having to drive conversation about the city’s shortcomings. “It ends up meaning that I’m explaining a lot, defending a lot, doing a lot of work that I don’t...

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An Islamic Doors Open: three Muslim Centers attract local visitors

Interest in Muslim culture and first-hand experiences were a big motivation during Doors Open 2018, bringing members from across the community to Milwaukee’s Islamic destinations on September 22 and 23 for tours and a chance to build understanding. Since 2011, Doors Open Milwaukee has given residents a look inside city buildings that the general public usually does not have access to. The two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture, and history offers behind-the-scenes tours of more than 170 buildings throughout downtown and neighborhoods. This year’s popularity trend to visit destinations outside of the central metropolitan area included curiosity...

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The rise of women’s mosques shows the female face of Islam

In some Mosques around the world, women are relegated to the basement, silenced by the imam and barred from the front door, some Muslim women have had enough of male domination at the mosque and are setting up their own. From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, a handful of female mosques now cater to Muslim women who want their own place of worship, just as men have had through the ages. “It is possible to change a narrative that has been patriarchal for centuries,” Sherin Khankan, founder of Europe’s first women’s mosque, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Her first-floor mosque...

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Legislation group feels fallout from Wisconsin lawmakers over invitation to hate-group leader

He was introduced as “one of America’s heroes.” The man who took the stage in front of hundreds of state legislators at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s annual meeting this August was none other than David Horowitz, an influential leader and moneyman in the anti-Muslim movement. His presence at the event immediately sparked outrage. Dozens of progressive organizations in the following weeks launched a campaign to pressure corporations to stop supporting ALEC. In a piece published September 6, Horowitz blamed the backlash on his group, the David Horowitz Freedom Center, being included on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s...

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