We Are Standing Rock: America’s Troubled Relationship with Native Americans

By Imam Khalid Griggs, Chairman of ICNA Social Justice (CSJ) On November 3, 2016, over 500 clergy and other religious and spiritual leaders answered the call to gather in a remote, impoverished, bleak-looking land that, by appearance and material conditions, could have passed for any non-Western country in the developing world. Yet, the setting was not a foreign country and … Read more We Are Standing Rock: America’s Troubled Relationship with Native Americans

Five things to know about the North Dakota Access Pipeline debate

Source: Brookings.edu By Devashree Saha – September 14, 2016 In what looks to be a sequel to the Keystone XL Pipeline dispute, a group of climate activists, Native American groups, and landowners are opposing the construction of yet another oil pipeline. Since the North Dakota Access Pipeline was first announced in 2014, opposition to it has slowly gathered momentum, culminating in high-profile protests … Read more Five things to know about the North Dakota Access Pipeline debate

ICNA Protests Gov. Abbott’s decision to Stop Resettling Refugees in Texas

Governor Abbott recently announced that the state government is pulling out of the refugee resettlement program. Texas has the largest resettlement program in the country and has been successfully welcoming refugees for over 40 years. Despite the Governor’s decision, ICNA CSJ Dallas and Texans will continue to welcome and serve refugees. Local charitable organizations will step up and take on the role … Read more ICNA Protests Gov. Abbott’s decision to Stop Resettling Refugees in Texas

Minimum Wage Mythbusters

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Myth: Raising the minimum wage will only benefit teens. Not true: The typical minimum wage worker is not a high school student earning weekend pocket money. In fact, 89 percent of those who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase to $12 per hour are age 20 or older, and 56 percent are women. … Read more Minimum Wage Mythbusters

Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

Source: NBC News Holding defendants in jail because they can’t afford to make bail is unconstitutional, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Thursday — the first time the government has taken such a position before a federal appeals court. It’s the latest step by the Obama administration in encouraging state courts to move away from imposing fixed … Read more Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail

ICNA CSJ Holds #BlackLivesMatter Educational Event

Imam Khalid Griggs, Chairman of ICNA CSJ, gave a powerful speech on social justice and the need to eradicate racism from our society on Friday, August 19, 2016 in Alexandria, VA at the ICNA VA Islamic Center. About 100 people gathered to hear him speak. He delved into the lives of the companions and how the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would not … Read more ICNA CSJ Holds #BlackLivesMatter Educational Event

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Source: Washington Post – August 18, 2016 The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts … Read more Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Want to End Mass Incarceration? Stop Blindly Reelecting Your Local Prosecutor

Source: VOX – September 8, 2015 By German Lopez St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch was widely criticized for his handling of the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But when it came time for voters to hold him accountable, McCulloch ran unopposed, sweeping the November election after the August shooting. The easy reelection reflects a … Read more Want to End Mass Incarceration? Stop Blindly Reelecting Your Local Prosecutor