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By Nusayba Hammad, Communications Director,
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

(nusayba@uscpr.org)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an act unprecedented in recent history, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) has formally withdrawn her sponsorship of S.720, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.”
Senator Gillibrand’s withdrawal comes after pressure from constituents who repeatedly questioned her support for the bill at recent town halls in New York City, concerned about its threat to the civil liberties of Americans and to the grassroots boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights... Read our latest issue Here.

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Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks outside of the U.S. Capitol during a joint press conference between NNPA and NAHP. NNPA President Benjamin Chavis, Denise Rolark Barnes, the chair of the NNPA (wearing all Black) and Martha Montoya, the president of the NAHP (2nd from right), also delivered remarks. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Contributor

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is set to begin work on a report detailing advertising spending by federal agencies – particularly as it pertains to Black and Latino media companies.
“After several senators joined our request, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Shumer, GAO sent us an update in February saying that the request would take about six months of work,” said Benjamin Fritsch, a spokesman for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
Norton first called for the report during a press conference with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) members and representatives of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).
The GAO is a government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress... Read our latest issue Here.

By Bill Chambers
(Photos by Bill Chambers)
CHICAGO, Ill. – On Fri., July 28, 2017, over 400 Chicago Muslims, Palestinians and their supporters rallied and marched to protest restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Muslims from multiple mosques throughout the area listened to Muslim and non-Muslim speakers – all critical of suppression the Israeli government placed on access to al-Aqsa Mosque.
The area in Jerusalem including al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, has been has been under occupation by the Israelis since East Jerusalem was captured in the 1967 war.
The site is managed by the Islamic Waqf religious authority who has had to resist Israeli encroachments on the site ever since.
Current problems began when two Israeli policemen died after three Palestinians reportedly opened fire on them near the al-Aqsa compound. As collective punishment, Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at the gates and restricted access to al-Aqsa even during Friday jummah... Read our latest issue Here.

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By Ayesha K. Mustafaa
NEWARK, N.J. – In the last issue of Muslim Journal, Imam Mustafa EL-Amin reported that his mother, Ms. Annie King, suffered from a brutal beating the 85-year-old sustained in her home in a robbery attempt from a person she tried to help, giving him odd jobs.
Imam EL-Amin now informs us that his beloved mother, Ms. King, as succumbed to the injuries she sustained because on that beating in her home.
She passed nearly two weeks after the tragic event. Her neck and face were bruised with multiple fractures to her face.
Funeral arrangements are planned for Aug 8 11 a.m., at Wells Cathedral Church of God in Christ, 672 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Newark... Read our latest issue Here.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Civil rights activist Najee Ali, one of the leading activists in Los Angeles and CEO of Project Islamic Hope, along with Pastor K.W. Tulloss, Western Regional Director of The National Action Network L.A. Chapter, Weller Street Baptist Church and a national coalition of civil rights and religious leaders, are calling for a boycott of the National Football League (NFL) until former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick is signed to a NFL team.
Protests are also planned outside games/facilities of the L.A. Rams’  (owned by Stan Kroenke) and L.A. Chargers’ (owned by Alex Spanos) pre-season games.
According to press release from Najee Ali, “There is no doubt that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners for exercising his first amendment rights in a non-violent peaceful statement... Read our latest issue Here.

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By Leila Diab
A quintessential mélange of thoughts and artistic phrasing, “This is Not a Border” is a publication sealed with the reality of historical truth.
“This Is Not a Border” shares the contributions of literary artists and their life experiences and struggles that were void of any possibilities of freedom, hope, and the dream of belonging.
Pal-Fest celebrated the tenth annual Palestine Festival of Literature with its publication, “This Is Not A Border,” a book of essays which went on sale July 18, 2017.
The book is edited by co-founders Adhaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton and written by several of the world’s most distinguished literary artists.
They converged and shared their literary, artistic and theatrical talents with readers and writers in a harmonious realm of literature... Read our latest issue Here.

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By Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)
During the month of May, we recognized Mental Health Month, and raised awareness for the millions of Americans living with a mental health condition.
Since one in five adults, or approximately 43.8 million people, will experience mental illness during their lifetime, it is safe to say that everyone is affected by this issue.
Approximately 20.2 million adults in the United States experience a substance use disorder each year, and 50 percent of them have a co-occurring mental illness... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Amatullah Umrani
Fasting as a religious and health practice was and is observed by various people around the world. In this column, children and non-Muslims were previously encouraged to join in the spirit of the fast.
Those individualized and voluntary actions serve to benefit the individual's self-discipline and spiritual life.
We must clearly state and stress that for the Ramadan fast as a duty in the religion, there are strict guidelines. If you are not fasting strictly due to age, insha Allah, you will complete that fast when you are older.
Quoting Imam W. Deen Mohammmed: “... Fasting is for increasing your purity and perfecting your obedience to your G-d; fasting is for Allah (swt) ….” (Muslim Journal, June 9, 2017, p.15)
If you start early with respect for and getting into the spirit of any requirement of the religion, it will flow naturally when you reach the age where it is required. This is true for any action where you have the advantage for advance preparation... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History Receive National Awards to Strengthen Understanding Between Muslim and Non-Muslim Communities

DURHAM, N.C. – May 15, 2017 – The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, recently announced the 11 national recipients of its annual Building Bridges Grants Program awards, two of them based in Durham: Duke Performances and the Museum of Durham History.
Since 2013, the Building Bridges program’s annual competition has awarded 23 U.S. nonprofit organizations with over $4.7 million in grants to support planning and implementation of creative arts- and culture-based programs advancing relationships between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
Duke Performances, working in partnership with the Duke Center for Islamic Studies and the Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, will receive $125,000 to support a multi-year initiative titled Southern Hospitality: Muslim Arts and Music as Cultural Bridge-Making in the American South. Duke Performances’ Executive Director is Aaron Greenwald... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Agieb Bilal
The Qataris have been a thorn in the side of Gulf rulers since their refusal to join the newly formed UAE (1971), a decision comparable to Singapore’s opting to not join the Malaysian Federation (1965).
Reasons were to be independent of perceived British influence on the UAE (Qatar) and Malaysian Chinese refusal to be dominated by an overwhelmingly Muslim and native Malay government.
Present problems with Qatar and the area rulers (including Egypt’s military and other oppressive regimes) can be traced to her audacious embrace of Thomas Jefferson’s famous edict regarding government:
“… Newspapers (media) without government is preferable to government without newspapers.”... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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By Nusayba Hammad, Communications Director, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (nusayba@uscpr.org) WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an act unprecedented in recent history, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand...
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