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[21 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
A 9/11 Transformation

Soukaina Rachidi
“At the end of the day, l was just one human mourning the loss of another. Regardless of how people try to twist the definition of patriotism in America, there is one important lesson that I learned that day: There is nothing unpatriotic about humanity.”

Before 2001, September 11th was just another ordinary day that passed with no recognition. However, after the tragic attacks of 9/11, this day has become one of the most memorable days in recent history. Now, its significance will never be forgotten. After …

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[15 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
The Post-9/11 Burden and Social Change

An Interview with Dr. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah
Editor’s Note: Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Dr. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, a conflict resolution educator and activist, about her role as an Arab American.  Her responses can be found below.
Does your life experience as an Arab American Muslim woman and your work in the community and country contribute to social change for women?
I believe it does because I think it first starts with one’s self and how one represents oneself in the context of the world and the community. I think my …

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[12 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
In September 2011, Choose Humanity, Not Hatred

By Abby Smith
Outreach and Administration Manager
“Deep hatred turns into radicalism and that is where we find the problem.  If we work to stop the hatred we can stop the violence.”

My day started out pretty normal: running late for school, hastily eating my pop tart while watching the TV in the kitchen at my home in west Texas.  I was 13 years old, and on what seemed like it would be a normal day, my life was changed  forever.  I watched as the first broadcast of the plane hitting the …

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[13 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Muslim Woman in Zambia Confronts HIV/AIDS

Jamilla Rhoda Katambo
“When I tested HIV positive in 2005 I was shocked.  The problem that first came to my mind was, how do I tell my family? Then, how do I tell the wider community?”

I am 58 years old and have 10 children and many grandchildren.  I come from a community called Matero, one of the biggest townships in Lusaka, Zambia.  Matero has one of the largest numbers of Muslims in Lusaka, as well as a number of mosques.
When I tested HIV positive in 2005 I was shocked.  The …