Author: Wisconsin Muslim Journal

Student group at Madison causes uproar over removal of animal gelatin in campus ice cream

“The reasons given for not changing the gelatins, in the name of ‘tradition,’ exclude Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Vegetarian, and Vegan students from partaking in eating the official, campus wide, traditional ice cream that is often listed as part of the ‘Wisconsin experience,'” – Statement from proposed legislation titled “Ice Cream for All” When Yogev Ben-Yitscak, a Jewish student and Vice chair of the UW-Madison student group, Associated Students of Madison (ASM) brought up to the rest of the members of ASM the idea that university-owned Babcock Dairy was excluding many from the experience of eating their ice cream,...

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American group secretly placed misleading Facebook ads targeting Pro-Palestinian Activist

In 2016, as Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi performed at college campuses around the United States, his appearances seemed to spark student protests. Before his visit to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, a page called “John Jay Students Against Hate” appeared on Facebook with Kanazi’s face next to a uniformed cop, painting Kanazi as anti-police. When Kanazi crossed the country a few days later to visit San Jose State, a nearly-identical Facebook page popped up, this one called “SJSU Students Against Hate,” with Kanazi’s face superimposed over an image of military graves. Paid Facebook campaigns...

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One million Uighur Muslims held in Chinese concentration camps

Rwanda. East Timor. Myanmar. The world has a cruel habit of ignoring humanitarian disasters until it’s too late. Old habits die hard, and the people targeted by state-led ethnic cleansing programs even harder. But the reports of mass concentration camps and the criminalisation of Islam inflicted upon China’s Uighur Muslims should alarm anyone and everyone. Right now. In August, a United Nations human rights panel reported that up to one million Uighur Muslims were forced into grounds that resemble massive internment camps in Xinjiang – the autonomous region in western China home to approximately 10 million Uighur Muslims. Gay...

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Zeshan B: Rising star talks about “Brown-Skinned Soul” and his identity

Chicago-born Indian-Muslim artist, Zeshan B performed a special concert of his remarkable blend of music at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on September 15. Zeshan B weaves soul music from the 1960s and 1970s with Indo-Pakistani folk songs to create an entirely new genre known as “Brown-Skinned Soul.” The creative artist has gained national fame with his unique voice, earning rave reviews from Rolling Stone, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, Salon Magazine, Democracy Now, and the Times of India. With his show at the Marcus Center, Zeshan B’s journey came full circle. The venue was across the street...

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Community partnership fulfills hometown dream for Zeshan B with Marcus Center concert

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition partnered together on September 15 for the first time to host a cultural entertainment special with the American-born Indian singer and songwriter, Zeshan B. The Marcus Center’s diversity initiative was created to offer experiences at the Center and within the community, that embrace diversity and engage audiences through the performing arts. Sharing diverse programming with the community helps build bridges through shared cultural experiences. From broadway shows, to the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Center hosts a range of special events for area...

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IRC Book Review: Zeitoun

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. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, © 2009 ISBN: 9781934781630 For those of you that are old enough to remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005, you might remember the mayhem and heartache that went with the aftermath of such a disaster. Respondents were, due to confusing orders, poor training, faulty information and disorganization, often more of a hindrance and agents of chaos than they were agents of help....

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