International Women’s Day (IWD).. is a day that the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, “ March 8th, was designated by UN to not just celebrate women rights, but to call for actions to improve women rights and gender parity. However, Arab and Muslim women who have a long history of struggle for their economic, legal and social rights, their stories mostly ignored.
From Somalia to the U.S.A. 1984. A young shepherd boy stands in front of his mother to tell her of the decision he has made in the night. He has had enough of the nomadic life, of herding goats and sheep, and is leaving to seek out a better life. With that, he sets off on an adventure that takes him on the road less traveled from Somalia to Minnesota. It’s the epic tale of Ahmed Ismail Yusuf who, inspired by Maya Angelou, discovers the power of the written word.
The Trump-NRA scripted idea of arming teachers with guns is another uncooked idea worthy of a 3am tweet; in fact arming teachers will only hurt students and ultimately not protect them, especially students of color, as Jamelle Bouie wrote in Slate.com; “groups at the bottom of American race hierarchy receive the brunt of state violence, full stop.”
White Privilege kills!!
For those who say people kill not gun, I would say what really kills is white privilege, not guns. We are living in a time, where a black kid could be shot by the police for holding a toy gun and young Muslims can be sent to life in prison for daring to think of a gun. At the same time, white folks are actually, buying and carrying, machine, and assault weapons, threatening and intimidating neighbors, teachers, friends and classmates under the watch eyes of our law enforcements, as in the latest shooting at Parkland High School in Florida. During the Summer of 2016, the Twin Cities watched the second biggest terrorism trial in America, lasting 17 days. Three young Somali men with ‘no history of violence’—which is actually the name of a new documentary by filmmaker Ellie Bernstein–were put on trial, and sentenced to a combined 95 years in prison for allegedly plotting to join ISIS although the three men pleaded not guilty. I attended some of the trial, where none of the jurors looked like peers of these young men. And question like “When you visited the mosque, did you recite jihad verses’ was asked of defendants.