Educating Muslim Students in Minnesota: The Skill and the Will

By Martha Bigelow, Meeting Minnesota’s Muslims Multicultural education seeks to include a range of perspectives often suppressed by the majority culture as well as include students from diverse backgrounds in the process of learning.  What is sometimes lost in efforts to create inclusive educational experiences is serious thought to how to welcome students of minority religions.  In the case of Muslim students, the barriers typically include lack of knowledge of Islam and strategies to accommodate Islamic religious practices in school settings.  In the same way it is essential to have classrooms that make students of different ethnicities, genders or family Read More …

How Arabs (Mis)perceive America, and Vice Versa

Minnesotan’s Book Aims to Dispel Ignorance by Promoting Cultural Awareness By Mary Coons To many in the Arab world, America seems like a threat – or at least the big bully on the playground. But America is not the real threat – although it can be a bully. Ignorance is the true threatening enemy. I wrote Culturally Speaking: Promoting Cross-Cultural Awareness in a Post-9/11 World as an attempt to bridge some of those vast chasms of cultural gaps lurking out there behind heavy wooden doors by dispelling the ignorance that Americans and Arabs of the Persian Gulf have of each other’s Read More …

Peaceful Tomorrows Statement on the 7th Anniversary of 9/11

“…we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of innocent civilians in other nations.” By September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Peaceful Tomorrows Statement on the 7th Anniversary of 9/11. Letter via Email The experience of yet another anniversary of 9/11 provides an occasion to reflect upon the hopes and beliefs that brought the members of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows together. In response to the terrorist attacks that killed our family members, we never wanted wars of retaliation that would cause the deaths of innocent civilians in other nations. We never wanted hunger for revenge Read More …

March Organizers Failed to Protect Message

By Francisco J. Gonzalez I was at the March on the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul that took place Monday Sept 1 and was overwhelmed by the passion, the excitement, the vibrancy of the peaceful participants. I was particularly pleased to see the interaction between marchers: Somali immigrants protesting against the US-supported Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, and Palestinian marchers denouncing the occupation of Palestine and Iraq mingled with socialists, environmentalists, and with pro-immigrant Latino activists.