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L.A. Daily News: As Ramadan Ends, Local Muslims Reflect on how Violence Hung over a Holy Month of Peace

CRCC’s Executive Director Brie Loskota was quoted in an article about the end of Ramadan in The Los Angeles Daily News. The article marks the somber reflections of the Muslim American community …

From Louisville to Orlando: Muslim Americans in a Time of Hope and Crisis

Many of my American Muslim friends from all across the U.S. traveled to Louisville a few weekends ago to pay their respects and to reflect on the life of Muhammad Ali. They …

Muslim Voices Tell Trump ‘What’s Going On’ With Muslims in The Atlantic

CRCC Contributing Fellow Rhonda Roumani is one of six Muslim voices responding to Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming into the United States in The Atlantic. Here is her contribution: If …

What We Learned from Gathering 120+ American Muslim Leaders

The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute’s inaugural session began just days after Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election. Now, at the tail-end of the second Obama administration, it is hard to …

10 Years of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute – Evaluation Report

Founded in 2006 and launched programming in 2008, the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) works to transform the Muslim communal landscape in the United States by empowering the next generation of …

Hope and Fear in an Election Year: Lessons in Democracy from Egyptian Bloggers

On the night of Barack Obama’s election in 2008, I stood outside a dormitory at the University of Texas at Austin, debating two Egyptian bloggers about Obama’s win. About two months ago, …

How Young Muslim Activists in Sweden Fight Radicalization

This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times. When Salahuddin Barakat founded the Islam Academy in 2013, he located it on the edge of Rosengard, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood that has …

Why Are Muslim Americans Feeling the Bern? (Updated)

Editor’s Note: Rhonda updated this post to reflect the broader trends of the election. A coalition of Muslim, Black and Latino activists recently shut down a rally for presidential contender Donald Trump …

President Obama Lifts up Young Muslim Activists, Including AMCLI Alumni

Just before President Obama made his public remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this week–his first visit to a mosque as President–he met with a dozen Muslim leaders from across the …

Why Terrorists Can’t Win in World’s Largest Muslim City

A few minutes after newswires began to buzz with reports of a terrorist attack in Indonesia, I received a text from a friend at the Los Angeles Times. “My Starbucks in Jakarta …

Muslims Seek a Delicate Balance in a Secular Europe

This story was originally published by the Los Angeles Times as part of a reporting project supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. A light rain was falling as young men …

Los Angeles Rallies Around Muslim Americans After Terrorist Attacks

Japanese and Muslim American groups, as well as other supporters, gathered for a candlelight vigil in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood to remember the victims of recent terrorist attacks and stand up …

Learning from History: The Japanese Internment and Reactions to Muslim Americans

When Roanoke, Virginia Mayor David Bowers referred to the internment of the Japanese Americans in the context of the terrorist attacks by ISIS, he wasn’t the first to see the parallels between …

Praying for Rain in California

This piece originally appeared in the Yale ISM Review. “As an American Indian, all my life I have been cursed with the myth of the ‘Indian rain dance,’” Johnny P. Flynn wrote …

Syria’s Children Are Our Children

A couple weeks before the picture went viral, I stood on the very shores where three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body was found. I was in Turkey for a wedding and spent four days …

9/11 and Pope Francis: Bringing New York City’s Faith Communities Together

Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed Pope Francis to “A Witness to Peace,” a multi-religious gathering at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, by telling him, “We in New York are sinners.” “But,” …

My Clock Story: How Accusations Against Muslim Americans Do Harm

A few weeks before I graduated as an undergrad from USC, a false complaint was lodged against me with the dean of my school. A fellow student claimed that I was plotting …

Marginal Muslims: Questioning Religion in Indonesia

This post also appeared on Huffington Post Religion. “If Islam is a religion of peace, why are people so violent?” That rhetorical question brought me up short. I wasn’t watching Pamela Geller’s …

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Is Not the Reformer Islam Needs. Here Are the Real Reformers

To the chagrin of many Muslims, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is back on the talk show circuit, promoting her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. And, for the first time, …

Voice of America: Women’s Mosque Fits Within a Larger Context

CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota explained the context out of which the women’s mosque emerged for a story produced by Voice of America. Watch the story here: Here’s what Loskota said: “The …