For the first time in a decade, hate crimes are up in two consecutive years in America. This rise coincides with the campaign and now presidency of Donald Trump, who has embraced bigotry like no other modern political figure. But voters are already showing signs of resisting turning the clock […]

Hate crimes take startling jump under Trump, motivating voters to ...


While there were many surprises during this Nov. 2017 election cycle, Ravi Bhalla made history by becoming the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, The Washington Post reports. According to CBSNews, Bhalla ran against five other opponents for the office of mayor. Bhalla had served on the city council […]

A sikh man is the new mayor of Hoboken


DEARBORN, United States – Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja leaped with excitement when the final results of the local election came in on Tuesday night. She then kissed her husband and thanked her supporters for helping her retain her seat. The 40-year-old Lebanese American mother-of-three placed first in a pool […]

Muslims surge to electoral victories in largest Arab American city



New York activist Linda Sarsour was at John F. Kennedy International Airport waiting to board a flight to San Diego Tuesday afternoon when news broke that a truck driver had killed multiple people in Lower Manhattan. As she watched subtitled cable news reports scroll across a terminal television, the co-organizer […]

Muslim New Yorkers are bracing themselves for hate crimes after ...


Flyers with xenophobic messages have been making the rounds in Edison, New Jersey, angering residents. People in the township received the anonymous mailers this week. They feature the photos of two Asian-American school board candidates, Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel, with the word “deport” stamped atop both pictures. The ads also […]

Racist Ads Call For Deporting Asian-American School Board Candidates In ...


In a series of conversations about Islam that I have been having with people from all across Pennsylvania, seven questions in particular come up most frequently. In a commentary I wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer in December, condemning hate crimes against Muslims, I offered to have coffee with anyone who […]

7 common questions from my coffee conversations about Islam



The man Delaware City Police arrested last week for threatening his neighbors believed they were Muslims bent on doing him and the nation harm, and he told investigators he would stop them. Gerard Medvec, a 64-year-old living on Hamilton Street, had binoculars set on a windowsill when police arrived and […]

Police: Delaware City man spies on ‘Muslims’ who were not ...


Palos Township opted to cancel its October board meeting this week rather than potentially face another Open Meetings Act complaint for failing to accommodate the large number of expected attendees, Township Supervisor Colleen Grant-Schumann said. The township boardroom, which seats 42, has been insufficient to hold the 100or so protesters […]

Palos Township cancels another meeting after being unable to accommodate ...


The Arab American Bar Association, in conjunction with the Decalogue Society, will be hosting their second annual Building Bridges Awards on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the John Marshall Law School. The event will honor Michael Traison and Judge William Haddad (Ret.) for their dedication […]

Hon. William Haddad to be Honored at the Second Annual ...



A man accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in Sterling, Virginia in June may face the death penalty after a grand jury charged him with capital murder and rape on Monday. The Fairfax County Circuit Court indicted Darwin Martinez-Torres, 22, on eight charges, including four counts of capital murder in […]

Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Muslim Teen’s Accused Killer