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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

First Muslim Woman Wins Congressional Primary

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American woman in Congress after winning her primary race in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday.

Tlaib is all but guaranteed to win the seat once held by John Conyers, a long-serving Democratic congressman who resigned last year over sexual harassment allegations.

Tlaib’s win means that for the first time, at least one Muslim woman will join the 116th Congress. And she may not be alone in making history; three other Muslim women candidates are still competing in Democratic primaries later this month and next.…

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Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty ‘Inhumane’

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

 

In 1988, Walter McMillian was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death, charged with the 1986 murder of Ronda Morrison in my hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. McMillian was a poor black man, so local authorities found it relatively easy to dragoon him for the murder of a young white woman, despite the testimony of multiple witnesses who said he was elsewhere when Morrison was killed.

McMillian caught a break, though. His case was taken up by a highly skilled and dedicated defense attorney named Bryan Stevenson, and he was eventually exonerated.…

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Sessions ‘Religious Liberty’ Panel Tied To Extremist Group

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a Department of Justice (DOJ) task force to enforce “religious liberty” rules that make it easier to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and others under the guise of “religious freedom.” Such discrimination is a major part of the mission of anti-LGBTQ legal powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), and the announcement was followed by a panel that included a major ADF client and was moderated by an ADF staff alumna. Coupled with ADF’s involvement in the announcement, the new task force demonstrates the influence of the group’s extreme anti-LGBTQ views on the administration.…

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