Why Did Islamic Society of North America Promote Travel to Occupied Palestine? #BDS

لا-للتطبيعI’ve previously written about USA Muslim responses to Zionist atrocities in Palestine and surrounding lands. I don’t understand why some USA Muslims want to pretend that their being Muslims gives them some privilege to discuss anything related to Palestinians, especially when they fail to acknowledge Palestinians’ struggle for restoration of their rights.

The publication in the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) November/December 2018 issue of Islamic Horizons of an article promoting Muslim tourism in occupied Palestine was an especially terrible example of this. Continue reading

Use Georgia Secretary of State Website to Check Status of Your Absentee Ballot

I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.

I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:

Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.

Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.

Landing My Voter Page (1)

Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.

MVP Voter Page Info Accessible redacted

 

In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:

My absentee ballot status

I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.

If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.

Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”

Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.

Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.

Request to Cover USA Complicity in Destruction of Yemen

Dear Ms. Finan,

I live with viewers of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and other programs. While I don’t sit to watch, I can often overhear the broadcasts.

Today’s action alert from FAIR Media Watch confirmed what I’ve long told them: MSNBC promotes war.

According to the action alert, “On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen.”

I’m not asking you to go Che Guevara & Noam Chomsky, although you could invite him to balance out your stable of weapons-manufacturer-sponsored military analysts. Just occasionally cover our country’s involvement in making Yemen a terrible place for humans.

Sincerely,

Ayman Fadel
Augusta, GA

Until #USA Government Ceases to Be Imperialist & White-Supremacist State, Say No to @Inspire2ServeUS (Military Draft, Mandatory Service)

resist the draftHere’s my $0.02 for The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, which is in charge of preparing the United States to resume drafting people into the military. The commission asked people to submit their answers to these 7 questions:

  1. Is a military draft or draft contingency still a necessary component of U.S. national security?
  2. Are modifications to the selective service system needed?
  3. How can the United States increase participation in military, national, and public service by individuals with skills critical to address the national security and other public service needs of the nation?
  4. What are the barriers to participation in military, national, or public service?
  5. Does service have inherent value, and, if so, what is it?
  6. Is a mandatory service requirement for all Americans necessary, valuable, and feasible?
  7. How does the United States increase the propensity for Americans, particularly young Americans, to serve?

I invite you to submit your comments.

Letter to @NPR Ombudsman @EJensenNYC Calling Out Pro-Zionist Bias in Report on Israel Army Killing of Palestinians on Land Day

مسيرة_العودة_الكبرىRe: 16 Palestinians Killed, Hundreds More Wounded In Violence Near Gaza Border, March 30, 2018, All Things Considered by Daniel Estrin.

The word “Hamas” appears 9 times in the article.

  1. Palestinians answered “Hamas’s call to protest.”
  2. But actually Hamas, which controls Gaza, was a driving force. It called from mosque loudspeakers, encouraging people to gather at the border.
  3. Hamas took control of Gaza by force a decade ago.
  4. Hamas has fought three wars with Israel.

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Was an Increase in Liability Insurance Premiums an Example of Structural Racism?

Around 2000, I moved from one apartment complex in Indianapolis. I had the lowest permissible level of car insurance while I lived in Indiana, liability coverage only.

My premium increased when I moved. When I asked my insurance company (Allstate), the representative told me that the state regulatory agency allowed this price increase based on my new zip code.

If I had comprehensive coverage, I perhaps could understand a premium increase (although I felt as safe in both locations). But why should a change in zip code result in an increase in premium for automobile liability coverage?

A higher percentage of the residents near my new apartment were African-Americans. Is my experience an example of structural racism?