The Beauty of Panama

Our first day in Panama, we stepped off the plane and into the synagogue, a large, beautiful building with a wrought iron gate to seal the deal. Of the sixteen of us on the trip, I, being the daughter of an Argentine immigrant, was the only one who spoke fluent Spanish and I noticed many of my traveling companions already felt out of place since every time they wanted to ask for something they needed me to translate for them.

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America’s Fear of Muslims

That was not the case, and I knew it wouldn’t be when my teacher paused and took a look at the classroom after the opening slide of the presentation was up. She seemed to be thinking carefully as to what she was going to say. Finally she took a deep breath and asked a simple, but striking question, “How many of you have had or have negative thoughts about Islam or Muslims in general?”

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The Controversy behind a Muslim Girl Rock Band

Recently, three Muslim teenage girls from India–Aneeqa Khalid, Noma Nazir, and Farah Deeba–started a rock band called Praagaash, which means “from darkness to light.” They were the only female band in the national Battle of the Bands in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar this past December. The band quickly received a lot of attention, but soon afterwards, their situation took a turn to the worse.

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Now seeking: Young Aspiring Interfaith Leaders!

***Announcement from Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy)*********
Americans for Informed Democracy (AIDemocracy) is a national youth network debating and speaking out about US global engagement. We are young global citizens demanding a more peaceful, healthy, just and sustainable world. We are seeking a new class of Innovators in Cultural Diplomacy, as part of our flagship Hope Not Hate program fostering greater understanding between the US and Muslim worlds. Innovators are proven young leaders eager to lead dialogue and events promoting interfaith understanding on their campuses and in their communities.

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Announcing the 2013 National Youth Justice Training!

I’m incredibly excited to serve as an alumni consultant during the development of this year’s National Youth Justice Training, and can’t wait to see program come to fruition in the following months. This transformative three-week social justice training for high-school youth offers interactive social justice education and real-world internships.

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