How Do I Explain Martin Verdict to My Kids?

How Do I Explain Martin Verdict to My Kids?

New America Media, Commentary, David Muhammad

After the verdicts were read, my eight year old son had seen my anger and asked “why did Zimmerman kill Trayvon?” Thinking of all that I heard, read and saw through the three weeks of trial, I said to him “I don’t know for sure, but I think because he is racist.”

The facts that are undisputed are that George Zimmerman profiled, followed and tracked down, shot and killed, 17-year old Trayvon Martin. As the slew of texts, tweets and Facebook messages streamed in from fellow angry friends and colleagues, I sat there furious, disappointed and frustrated.

The feeling was also strange. I’ve spent most of my career trying to help people and change systems so that there is less incarceration. But here I was wanting nothing more than for Zimmerman to be convicted and locked up. Although I’ve spent several years of my career as a law enforcement official, the sole reason I got into government was to reform the system that is broken. And now the country, and indeed the world, is again seeing how broke America’s criminal justice system really is. Even though the prosecution was thoroughly out lawyered by the defense, there appeared to be more than enough evidence to convict. A teenage boy was murdered and the shooter was not held responsible.  [Read more…]

Uniting with My Lost Roots, Meeting the Black Costa Ricans

Memories of my first trip to Costa Rica continue to come in bits. I regret that I didn’t do much at the time given that I had no idea of what to expect. After all, I was making my first foreign trip.

Are you telling me that there are black/African Costa Ricans?
Growing up in Southern California meant that my interactions with black people were limited. This is very different from New Jersey where I was born. Southern California tends to have fewer black people. It, therefore, came as a surprise to me to see many black/African Costa Ricans. I was similar to them in the sense that I was also black. But that is where our similarities ended. Unlike them, I was not fluent in Spanish. Not being able to speak Spanish to me was not good. My family is of Cuban and Caribbean background. [Read more…]

PAS Week 43rd Anniversary Celebration – Gala Dinner Tonight


Eid Al-Adha Celebration at the New Horizon School Pasadena after the Eid Prayer

A SPECIAL Urban Issues Forum to discuss the Opening of the Expresslanes on the 110 Fwy

Importance of Poll Workers

Commonly known as an election officer, the poll worker is an important ingredient to the daily activities of an election. During an election period, a lot is at stake to even risk the sending away of a single voter just because of long lines, confusion or other poll related problems. It is for these reasons that poll workers were introduced to truly make democracy work.

These devoted people perform an array of duties like registration of new voters, receiving election supplies, returning election results, signing in registered voters, elaborating the voting process and the use of voting equipment, providing ballots, handling ballots and poll books of an ongoing election.  In short, the poll workers set the tone for all voters to peacefully and gracefully perform their constitutional right. As patriots it is our duty to make sure that we are somewhere working in some capacity in during an election and working as a poll worker is a good way of fulfilling that duty.

For me being a Poll worker is a civic and patriotic duty.  It’s my way of being a part of the political process and knowing that it is running smoothly.  I first became a Poll worker in my home state of New Jersey, and have been a Poll worker in practically every major election since attaining the age required to vote, which is 18.  Poll workers are also need in general local city and county elections as well as special elections.  Growing up, the political process was an important part of my life, as my Grandfather was a councilman in my hometown.  It’s very easy to be a Poll worker, its a duty everyone should fulfill at least once in their lifetime. [Read more…]

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) to Host Debate Watching Parties in LA, DC & NYC


Tonight, the Muslim Public Affairs Council will be hosting its second round of Presidential Debate Parties in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. While the first debates focused strictly on domestic policies, tonight’s townhall-style debate will also delve into foreign policy.

MPAC wants to hear what you have to say throughout the debate! Join the discussion by hosting your own debate viewing party and sharing your reflections on Twitter using #MyFaithMyVote. Follow us on Twitter @mpac_national. [Read more…]

Science Competition For Students

How cool would it be to show off your idea for some innovative technology that could exist 20 years from now?

Well, students in grades K-12 now have that chance. Even as some worry we’ve fallen behind other countries in producing graduates in the critical STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — the 21st annual Toshiba ExploraVision science competition is back to inspire young people to help change the world.

“It’s especially gratifying how many past winners have said they learned to appreciate innovation, creativity and critical thinking,” says Masaaki Osumi, chairman and CEO of Toshiba America, Inc. Toshiba sponsors the event, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association. [Read more…]

From Death Penalty to Taxes, California Ethnic Voters to Flex Ballot Muscle

Election Poll








New America Media, News Report, Zaineb Mohammed
SAN FRANCISCO—If California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-raising ballot measure, Proposition 30, passes Nov. 6, “a lot of it will be because of the ethnic voting population,” stated Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll.

Data from the latest Field Poll shows that since 1990, over 90 percent of the increase in California’s voting population has come from the state’s ethnic voter community.

Multi-Language Poll

To better understand these demographic changes, a September Field Poll, conducted with the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, surveyed approximately 1,200 registered voters in California in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.

Pollsters gauged their views about propositions on the presidential election and November ballot measures on issues ranging from new taxes to the death penalty. The poll was funded partly by New America Media and the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Proposition 30, backed by Gov. Brown, is one of two major tax initiatives on the ballot, and its proponents count ethnic voters among its biggest supporters. Each ethnic subgroup Field surveyed would affirm the initiative at a higher rate than the white, non-Hispanic voting population–49 percent of whom intend to vote “yes” on the measure.

The initiative would raise the state sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent for four years, and would increase personal income tax rates on very-high-income Californians for seven years. California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates that Proposition 30 would raise an average of $6 billion annually by California’s 2016-17 fiscal year. [Read more…]

Foot Care Tips for People With Diabetes

It's important for people with diabetes to be diligent about proper foot care to prevent the grave consequences from sores and infections.

Complications due to diabetes are the number-one cause of lower-leg amputations and account for nearly 86,000 amputations per year. Doctors estimate almost 50 percent of these amputations could have been prevented if the person had taken better care of their feet.

“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for a person with diabetes to pay rigorous attention to their feet. Foot infections are the most common issue for a person with diabetes and are more severe and take longer to heal than in a person without diabetes,” says Dr. Alan Farber, a certified doctor of podiatric medicine.

It’s important for people with diabetes to be diligent about proper foot care to prevent the grave consequences from sores and infections.


Farber added, “Proper foot care is simple and includes things like using an antifungal daily, not only to heal, but also to prevent fungal infections, and using a moisturizer daily to heal and prevent dry, cracked skin.”

Are you being thorough enough in your foot care? Read on to find out:
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