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I Stand by You, Larycia Hawkins

I Stand by You, Larycia Hawkins

Dear Larycia Hawkins, Words can’t express the deep feelings of solidarity and love that I have after reading about your story and seeing you donning hijab in support of the Muslim community who is under attack right now by the political right and their conspirators in the corporate media. At a time when hate crimes […]

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Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous People’s Day

By on October 12, 2015 in civil rights

A number of U.S. cities are replacing Columbus Day with a new name, Indigenous People’s Day. From Seattle to Minneapolis and even Bexar County, TX – things are changing. I was raised on the 1970’s Chicago Public School system’s “Melting Pot” social studies book that celebrated Christopher Columbus. I now join the throngs of activists […]

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No, Bill Maher. We’re Not Going to Stop Hash Tagging about the Ahmed Mohameds of the World.

No, Bill Maher. We’re Not Going to Stop Hash Tagging about the Ahmed Mohameds of the World.

By on September 23, 2015 in civil rights, islamophobia

An Open Letter to Mr. Bill Maher, On your recent show covering “Ahmed’s Clock Block,” you managed to weave in so much Islamophobic acrimony; I had to pause the video every 20 seconds trying to count the references. I quickly learned that this segment was your temper tantrum over the fact that Muslims and those […]

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Of Course #IStandWithAhmed. I Could Be His Mom.

Of Course #IStandWithAhmed. I Could Be His Mom.

By on September 18, 2015 in civil rights, islamophobia, social issues

My first reaction to finding out about Ahmed Mohamed, the 14 year-old 9th grader from Texas who was arrested for bringing a clock to school – a clock that he engineered himself, no less, was fury. It rattled the Mom gene in me making me want to protect this child from the big bad world […]

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September Musings- Refugees, Gay Marriage & Donald Chump

September Musings- Refugees, Gay Marriage & Donald Chump

By on September 13, 2015 in civil rights, Middle East, social issues

  I’m one of those Bloggers that focus on a topic and write a blog post or article about it. I’m feeling that sort of head-spinning, ENFP-all-over-the-board sensation prompting a diary-entry type blog post. There is a lot going on in the world at the moment (as usual.) I’m my passionate, intense self these days […]

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Dear Syrian Child Whose Body Washed Ashore In Turkey

Dear Syrian Child Whose Body Washed Ashore In Turkey

By on September 5, 2015 in civil rights, Middle East

I wrote this the day his body washed ashore. He does have a name. Aylan Kurdi. He lost his life along with his brother, Galip and his mother, Rehana. He is survived by his grieving father Abdullah.  His aunt in Canada who was trying to bring them to safety there to no avail asked that we […]

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Rape in Conflict Is A War Crime – No Matter How You Spin It

Rape in Conflict Is A War Crime – No Matter How You Spin It

By on August 22, 2015 in civil rights, islamophobia

“Sexual violence in conflict needs to be treated as the war crime that it is; it can no longer be treated as an unfortunate collateral damage of war.” — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura Rape is a most heinous crime with absolutely zero justification in Islam. Period. An […]

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My Reflections on Srebrenica

My Reflections on Srebrenica

By on July 14, 2015 in civil rights

20 years ago, 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were massacred by Serb forces in the worst genocidal event since 1945. In 1945, Serb forces massacred Croatian soldiers that included my grandfather, leaving my mother an orphaned refugee before she even left her mother’s womb. Growing up “Yugoslavian,” it was very clear how the maternal elders […]

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Grieving the Victims of the Charleston Church Terrorist Attack

Grieving the Victims of the Charleston Church Terrorist Attack

By on June 18, 2015 in civil rights

On this first day of Ramadan, our nation grieves the victims of a terrorist attack that took place at an historic Charleston Church in South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church . My friend and fellow interfaith peace lover, Larry Perlman, put to words what I could not say better! With his permission, I am […]

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Guest Blogger: Gaza Massacre: What Can You Do?

Guest Blogger: Gaza Massacre: What Can You Do?

I’m honored to have my friend, fellow American Muslim and fellow interfaith activist, guest blog here on yasminareality.com. The world is heartbroken and outraged at the 200 + civilian deaths and 1,500 injuries in Palestine.  The war crimes and slaughtering of innocent children is playing out on social media and we feel helpless.  The United States funds […]

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