After three months of protests at the Palos Township Board meetings over comments she made on Facebook, Trustee Sharon Brannigan has issued an apology to residents of Middle Eastern background and to the Palos community. Patch is printing her statement in its entirety. I want to issue a clarification of […]

Sharon Brannigan: ‘I am not anti-Arab. I am not anti-Muslim. ...


On 26 May, a white supremacist stabbed two people to death in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon. Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche confronted their killer when they saw him shouting Islamophobic slurs at a pair of teenage girls on a city train. In response, he slashed their […]

I’ve always been an Arab. It was only when I ...


Perhaps no state has embraced the political outsider as much as Michigan, where a venture capitalist won the last two governor’s elections and a real estate baron carried the presidential vote. Now Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is putting that affinity for newcomers to the test. El-Sayed, a 32-year-old liberal doctor in […]

Michigan doctor believes US ready for first Muslim governor



A Jewish woman and her mother were beaten up at a Queens subway station by a man who mistook them for Muslims, police said. The women, 37 and 57, had just gotten off the M train and were walking toward the exit of the 67th Av. station in Forest Hills […]

Jewish women mistaken for Muslims assaulted in hate crime


The Western orchestra is considered the most complex form of music and the top of the pyramid in artistic sophistication. It took centuries to develop in a format based on a large number of performers, each with rigorous training in their particular instrument and carefully selected based on their skills. […]

A New International Sensation in World Music: An Interview with ...


For the third straight month, activists converged on Palos Township’s board meeting to call for the resignation of a trustee who has made controversial comments about Middle Eastern immigrants. About 100 protesters, young and old, packed the township boardroom, exterior hallway and spilled into the outdoor parking lot Monday to […]

Protesters keep up pressure, demand resignation of Palos Township trustee ...



I was in 10th grade living in Toronto when 9/11 happened. We were in art class and an office announcement came on that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. Students around me were shocked and some concerned for their families in New York. Later that day […]

Why educators still need to talk about 9/11 — and ...


The seven-million strong American Muslim community, though, remains under siege since 9/11/2001 but their plight has taken a new twist under President Donald Trump whose anti-Muslim policies alarmingly fomented hate crimes against them. According to July 2017 report of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the number of hate […]

American Muslims 16 years after 9/11


Very soon, 25-year-old Nayim Islam may be unable to leave the United States for fear he won’t be allowed to return. Islam, a Muslim New Yorker, isn’t from a country covered by Trump’s travel ban—he was born in Bangladesh. But he is a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

The End of DACA Is the Latest Nightmare for Undocumented ...



After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston this past weekend, some organizations — like megachurch pastor Joel Osteen’s 16,800-seat Lakewood Church — came under fire for not doing enough to help those displaced by the flooding, which has killed at least 46 as of Friday morning. But for other religious groups in […]

Muslim groups in Houston are on the front lines of ...