ICNA CSJ Participates in 2015 Black Friday Protests


ICNA Council for Social Justice (CSJ) participated in the Black Friday protests that take place every year in front of Walmarts throughout the U.S. The protests are organized by OUR Walmart, an organization that works to ensure that every employee, regardless of his or her title, age, race, or sex, is respected at Walmart. The protests demand Walmart owners to raise

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ICNA Concerned Over Islamophobic Rhetoric


Source: ICNA.ORG The Islamic Circle of North America ​is concerned by the rise of Islamophobic rhetoric coming from state governors across the country. Our nation was founded by refugees fleeing repressive regimes, and therefore we must stand with all people of conscience in rejecting this bigotry and welcoming Syrian refugees who are fleeing terrorists. ICNA calls on all elected officials

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The U.S. State Department Says Syrian Refugees Should Be Welcomed

Source: Time.com Allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States is the American thing to do, the State Department said Tuesday after 24 governors issued orders to deny entry to their respective states of refugees of the Syrian civil war. The statement, made to reporters by Mark Toner, deputy spokesman for the State Department, comes at a politically contentious time

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Trump crosses the Nazi line: Maybe Muslims should wear special ID badges


Source: Rawstory.com Donald Trump stuck a toe across the Nazi line Thursday morning in the ongoing hysteria over Muslim immigrants. The Republican presidential frontrunner refused to rule out requiring Muslims to carry special identification showing their faith — which the Third Reich required Jews to do with a yellow badge that resembled the Star of David. “We’re going to have

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Former Drone Pilots to Obama: Civilian Killings Driving ‘Terrorism, Instability’


Source: Commondreams.org Four former U.S. Air Force drone operators issued a public letter on Wednesday warning that the United States’ ongoing targeted killing program “is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” The letter (pdf), addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Chief John Brennan accuses the administration

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Church leaders urge U.S. not to close borders to Syrian refugees


Source: UCC.ORG With recent deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad prompting a debate in the United States over the country’s decision to accept additional Syrian refugees, national leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are strongly urging lawmakers to resist a knee-jerk reaction to close the door and the border to

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Walmart Criticized For Blaming Lower Profits On Increased Wages


Source: Foot Wear News Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is under fire after lowering its profit expectations last week and attributing much of its gloomier financial outlook to wage hikes for its workers. An ongoing campaign, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, says the company’s explanation for its slumping profits is “just a fairy tale.” “It is

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Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

Hunger Strikes

Source: The Guardian In March 2013, reports of a hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay, the US detention camp in Cuba, began to surface. Details were sketchy and were contradicted by statements from the US military. Using testimony from Shaker Aamer and four other detainees, this animated film reveals the daily brutality of life inside Guantánamo. Voiced by Peter Capaldi and

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Shaker Aamer, UK’s Last Detainee in Guantánamo Bay, to Be Freed

Shaker Aamer

Source: The Guardian Shaker Aamer, the last British resident left in US captivity in Guantánamo Bay, is to be released after 13 years during which he was accused of being a terrorist but never charged. Aamer will be free after Barack Obama’s administration informed the US Congress that it intended to release him back to the UK, where Aamer has

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