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#WhiteHouseIftar and the Tactics of Activism

by Special Correspondent Fatemeh Fakhraie

 (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson via The White House Blog)

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson via The White House Blog)

As many marginalized groups know, it’s not a party until we’re all arguing among each other. If you caught the #WhiteHouseIftar hashtag on Twitter, you saw some intense back-and-forth among American Muslims. But I’d like to share the two best pieces that characterize the debate, rather than focus on infighting.

I enjoyed the respectful consideration from Omid Safi, who asked those invited to the White House and State Department iftars to boycott them for the following reasons:

We should, all of us, collectively, politely, and firmly, decline the State Department Ramadan and White House Iftars until the following three measures are taken:

1)   The United States immediately abandons the policy of extra-judicial drone attacks in all countries.
2)   The United States immediately releases the political prisoners who have been cleared for release at Guantanamo Bay
3)   The United States immediately abandons the policy of profiling and surveillance based on race, ethnicity, and religion. Continue reading

Call For Applications: AAPI Youth Summit At The White House

The White House Office of Public Engagement (WH OPE) and the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) cordially invites you to a Youth Summit on Friday, July 6, 2012, from 9:00AM–4:00PM at The White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.

The aim for this Youth Summit is to:

  • Engage today’s youth to have a more active voice in civic and political engagement
  • Educate today’s youth about important issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community
  • Empower the youth to take action in their respective communities/campuses.

In order to ensure participation from all regions of the country, please submit an application by June 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm. Limited number of seats are available, so please fill out your application as soon as possible.

Please complete the application at http://www.ecaasu.org/site/youth-summit/.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ECAASU at nicole.fink@ecaasu.org.

We’re So Post-Racial [Presidential Racism Watch]

by Latoya Peterson and Carmen Van Kerckhove

Welcome to “We’re So Post Racial,” a reoccurring feature that looks at racism aimed toward The White House.

In today’s edition, we have a double. The first, following on the heels of the NY Post controversy is a creatively rearranged storefront:

According to the Defenders Online:

Yes the photo is authentic. And yes the incident did happen at the Coral Gables, Florida store. But it turns out that it was a cruel joke by a customer and not a decision made by the store.

“This was not a company driven decision,” Edgar Chang, the store manager, said in an interview with TheDefendersOnline. “We are not sure how the book got in the window, but we believe it was put there by a customer who didn’t like the fact that Obama won the election.”

The store is located in the Miracle Mile Mall on a busy stretch of highway. The display windows face that highway. While customers walking in or by can clearly see titles in the window, somehow the store’s manager and employees did not notice the monkey book for three or four days.

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