Social Change

From solidarity activists in Palestine to local communities organizing against systemic poverty in the United States, movements for social change always deserve more attention than they get. This section of the Weave spotlights the efforts of and challenges faced by those who are struggling to transform dominant social structures and make the world a better place.

Terrorism? Extremism? Is there even a difference?

During about a week ago, we held a discussion in which we talked about the news coverage surrounding the Oslo attack that took place July 22, 2011. After reading “The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of ‘Terrorism’: The news reaction to the Oslo events clarifies the real meaning of 'terrorism'” by Glenn Greenwald, we discussed the media’s quick response after the attack and how they jumped to the conclusion that the person or people responsible for the planned attack had to be Muslim terrorists.

Media Filter: Results for "Islam"

Today I did a filter search on the New York Times website. I figured this would be a good place to look at news since it’s one of our main sources of information here in the United State. I entered the word “Islam” in the search bar, and decided to look at the top five most recently constructed stories. Here are the results:


"My American Jihad"

I read this piece in my freshman year here at SLU. I was taking a basic International Politics class. It’s a relatively old event, but it’s very powerful and relevant to the content of this blog.

Why can't a Muslim be from America?

To follow up on the last post, here is a blog by Qasim Rashid which confronts the stereotype assuming that a Muslim-American Identity doesn't exist.


Why can't a Muslim be from America?


All-American Muslim

In 2011, a television series featuring the lives of American-Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, was aired on The Learning Channel (TLC). The name of the show was All-American Muslim. To provide a little context to the setting, Dearborn is home to the highest concentration of Muslims in the United States, and consists of many different enclaves based on origin of the family. The five families that the show portrays are all Lebanese-Americans and include the: Amen, Aoude, Bazzy-Aliahmad, Jaafar, and Zaban families. The object of the All-American Muslim, was to showcase five Muslim families, highlighting that they may be different in some ways, but in others, and for the most part, their lives really don’t vary all that much from what the average “American” family experiences.

Eid Celebration

This year there was a Eid celebration hosted by the Islamic Culture Club that took place at St. Lawrence University (SLU). In the Muslim tradition, there are two Eid celebrations a year. One is Eid-al-Adha, and the other being Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Adha is a commemoration of Ibrahim (Abraham) and his willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael) for God. During this holiday, Muslims will make an extra effort to attend mosque. In addition, they symbolically sacrifice an animal (usually goat or sheep) and will host a large feast for many. During this holiday, some (those able) will complete a pilgrimage to the Hajj (fulfilling one of the five pillars of Islam). Eid-al-Fitr, is a celebration of breaking fast. After the month of Ramadan, Eid-al-Fitr is a three-day holiday. An early morning Eid prayer, and then feasting along with gift giving is how it’s celebrated. The Eid celebration at SLU was not a specifically designated to replicate either of these holidays as described above, but rather a celebration of Islamic culture in general.


I know we are alternative media, I know we always look for "underreported" stories, but I would not be a good Weave writer who embraces strive for adherence of human rights, social justice, solidarity, and true freedom obtained through civil society - if I keep silent and not scream, along with my Friends: MR PRESIDENT, CONGRATS! Now, MOVE THE UNITED STATES FORWARD!

Islam in the St. George News

I would like to take the time to highlight some of the morally responsible news in the world of global politics on the topic Islam in the media. There are some people (though few and far between) that are working to break the Islamophobic views that overwhelm our American society and define the western discourse surrounding the religion of Islam. In my efforts to search for current news on Islam, I found this opinion piece in the St. George News stationed in Utah.

Are YOU a political LEMMING?

Over past months I have noticed growing and growing abundance of term “political lemmings” in various publications mostly appearing on the right side of the political press spectrum, critiquing the post-1989 generation of – us – who is apparently too lazy to think and is taking everything from media as truism. Although I am not the biggest fun of the rightist press – this hit me, especially after seeing many aspects in daily life confirming and dismissing such claim at the same time, I decided to investigate what does it exactly mean to be a lemming? Are the rightist columnists right?

Day of the Dead

Commercialized celebration of Halloween – often without even knowing and asking where this tradition goes – brings to a new level today’s celebrations of All Saints Day in many countries or El Día de Los Muertos in Mexico.