While in 2008 I didn’t follow the Presidential elections, I did get a chance to attend President Obama’s inauguration and it was inspiring. Reflecting back I believe strongly that President Obama performed well given that he inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, two wars that had no end in sight and aContinue reading “Reflections- Haidar Ali Anwar: College Muslims Reach Political Maturity”
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Reflections- Amanda Quraishi: A Diversity of Political Views
President Obama, since 2008, has been able to move forward on important progressive legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Act and the Affordable Care Act, while simultaneously working with the public and private sectors to bring the U.S. back from the brink of financial disaster. He had an ambitious set of goals when he started, andContinue reading “Reflections- Amanda Quraishi: A Diversity of Political Views”
Reflections- Sarah Moussa: The Lesser of Two Evils?
I am proud to have voted for President Obama, both in 2008 and again this past Tuesday. I’m proud to be a part of his legacy of promoting equality, access to resources, and justice for all. I recognize his flaws, but in the face of the Republican Party’s candidates propagating Islamophobic fear-mongering, I certainly hadContinue reading “Reflections- Sarah Moussa: The Lesser of Two Evils?”
Reflections- Linda Sarsour: Pushing a Progressive Agenda
It’s 2012 and we are still waiting for the promises of 2008 to be fulfilled. I get it. It’s frustrating. It makes us angry. We feel like the community has been played for a fool. Instead of complaining about all of the promises that weren’t kept and all of the additional terrible things that haveContinue reading “Reflections- Linda Sarsour: Pushing a Progressive Agenda”
Reflections- Hironao Okahana: What Does the Muslim Vote Mean?
Leading up to Election Day, there was a tangible sense of enthusiasm to make Muslim votes relevant in national and local races from a great number of American Muslim community leaders and activists. Since being a Muslim is not a mere label, but rather a manifestation of traits and actions that resonates from one’s faith. Continue reading “Reflections- Hironao Okahana: What Does the Muslim Vote Mean?”
Reflections- Zeba Iqbal: #Muslimvote and Leveraging Future Muslim Political Empowerment
Helping President Obama was important to me in both elections at a personal level, I also wanted to work with my fellow American Muslims. Not to tell them what to believe, or who to support, but to help American Muslims understand the critical role we all play in the political process. To me, political empowermentContinue reading “Reflections- Zeba Iqbal: #Muslimvote and Leveraging Future Muslim Political Empowerment”
Reflections- Mohamed Elibiary: For Muslims, Policy Objectives Must Remain Bipartisan
The key issues so important to Muslims like civil liberties and war related issues require reform efforts from within. The nature of the constraints required to bring in the Executive Branch privilege never succeeds when it is driven from inside the political party holding the White House. It requires a party not in power toContinue reading “Reflections- Mohamed Elibiary: For Muslims, Policy Objectives Must Remain Bipartisan”
Reflections- Pamela Taylor: Looking Toward a Presidential Legacy
In 2008 President Obama promised some important things- to get us out of Iraq, to close Guantanamo, to forbid torture, to fix the economy and to this in bipartisan fashion with the Republicans. He has delivered significant promises but not all of them. The blame for Obama’s failures during his first terms is not solelyContinue reading “Reflections- Pamela Taylor: Looking Toward a Presidential Legacy”
Reflections- Zahra Biloo: Hold President Obama Accountable
President Obama was elected by a wide coalition of people who came together whether out of fear of repeated Bush policies or from expectations that he would be better able to deliver on his promises from 2008 with a second term. In 2012 Americans, and an overwhelmingly majority of American Muslims re-elected him with thisContinue reading “Reflections- Zahra Biloo: Hold President Obama Accountable”
Reflections- Dr. Faisal Qazi: What Promises Were Broken?
In response to a very pointed question from a Tele-Mundo participant on broken promises on immigration during the late part of his campaign, President Obama was very clear in that he had made no explicit promise to discharge a favor to any one particular group. On the other hand, he suggested how he vowed toContinue reading “Reflections- Dr. Faisal Qazi: What Promises Were Broken?”