Fight Islamophobic rhetoric from the right! Do your part!

Looking at the anti-Islam signs posted on buses and throughout subway stations in NYC, I could not help but think about how as a young tagger and freshman at Senn High School in the mid-80s, I would have performed MAJOR 'edits' on them with a Magnum marker or some Griffin.

This was sent to me earlier today, and represents a stance we all should take against dangerously Islamophobic rhetoric.


The Message of The Middle East by John Perkins

The Message of the Middle East
By John Perkins (Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man)

The tragic events sweeping the Middle East, including the murder of the U.S. Ambassador and other embassy personnel in Libya, have left many wondering how people can exhibit such anger against a nation that helped free them from murderous dictators.

On the one hand, we hear accusations that Muslims do not respect women, human rights, and other religions, and that violence is part of Middle Eastern cultures. On the other hand, we hear that U.S. and European policies, dating back for more than a century, have been exploitive and imperialistic, have supported brutal dictators, and created a web of discontent. Both sides draw on the sacred texts – the Quran and Bible – to justify their contentions.

The sad truth is that human history is riddled with violence and that individuals, cultures, and nations have become accustomed to solving differences by picking up weapons and attacking others, rather than by understanding that the only lasting solutions lie in cooperation and compassion.

A movie produced by an individual with suspect motives was used to justify an attack that resulted in the death of a U.S. diplomat who dedicated his life to building bridges between cultures. At the same time that the White House condemned violence in the streets of Benghazi, it also authorized drones that kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan. These two seemingly unrelated actions carry a shared message: violence has become endemic and it is totally and completely ineffectual as a method for settling differences.

Like all crises, the tragic events of the Middle East offer opportunities. They spur us to commit ourselves to finding new solutions. If we want to honor the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens, protest a film that dishonors the Prophet Muhammad, end the senseless killings in Afghanistan, and create a world future generations will want to inherit, now is the time to convince ourselves and our leaders – regardless of cultural or religious leanings – that we all live on a tiny and fragile space station. This one has no shuttles. We simply must come together. The only solution is one that embraces compassion, cooperation and peace.

I travel to Washington D.C. this next week to speak at three very different venues on this very subject. If you live in that area, I hope you will join me. Wherever you live and however you see yourself, please commit to taking some action every single day to helping create a world that future generations of all species around the planet will want to inherit. __________________________________________________________

John Perkins' events in Washington D.C.
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7PM-Talk – NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 3PM-Talk – GREEN FESTIVAL
 Monday, October 1, 2012, 7PM-Talk – IRANIAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

(For more information see www.johnperkins.org)


#AskFarrakhan Social Media Townhall Next Week!

Minister Farrakhan is very excited about answering your questions during the #AskFarrakhan Social Media Townhall on 9/26. Live webcast at http://askfarrakhan.noi.org 


2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC

Ashahed M. Muhammad at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC, the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

I've been in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past few days covering  the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  I've Tweeted and taken a few photos, posted some, and will post more in the coming days that I invite you to check out on My Facebook page. Enjoy, and tell me what you think!