Zainab Haji (left) gives cookies to Kent Chadwick, who turned out in support of the Islamic Center of Kitsap County in 2015 in response to announced plans for an anti-Islam rally the Bremerton mosque. No protestors actually showed up. (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

A hate group called for protests at local mosques. Guess who showed up?

They expected armed anti-Islam protestors. What they got was a group of neighbors who turned out to show support for religious freedom.
Oct 14, 2015
At a press conference organized by CAIR-WA Ethiopian American Aisha Gobana spoke out about an incident in March when she says she was threatened by a man with a gun in a SeaTac gas station who said "I don’t trust Muslims, I trust my gun." (Photo courtesy CAIR-WA)

Anti-Islam rhetoric poses a threat to all people of color

I gave up having intellectual debates about Islam when I realized how dangerous they can be for people who look like me.
Apr 15, 2015

Not “Just Another Towelhead”: A Globalist Q&A with slam poet Hamda Yusuf

Meet Hamda Yusuf: She’s 19, she’s a local slam poetry champion, and she wants to be the US ambassador to Somalia.
Apr 5, 2013

Guilt by friend request: How the war on terror came to my facebook

My finger froze over the mouse as I squinted at a blurry photo of a young Pakistani man holding an AK-47 on my Facebook page.  “Confirm friend request,” the cheerful blue font suggested. I closed the window and sighed, saving the decision for another morning. The obvious answer here—the one I got from everyone I […]
Feb 27, 2012

Monday is Muslim Day at the Capitol

For the past few years, Muslims in the state of Washington have been going to Olympia on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate the memory of one of the nation’s greatest advocates for civil rights and human dignity. The event has been a great success, drawing several hundred Muslims from all over the state […]
Jan 14, 2012