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A letter to Senator Obama from a guest writer, Muniba Hassan, a student of NYU.

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Dear Senator Obama,

Please allow me to congratulate you on winning the nomination for the Democratic Party in this year’s Presidential Race. As a long time supporter of your campaign and your causes, I and many Americans, were deeply disappointed and taken aback by your comments made this month at the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention.

A Missed Chance to Stand for Change

If there ever was a chance for you to prove the validity of your words, it was last week when speaking in front of AIPAC. There was your opportunity to restore the legitimacy of international law in a country that for the past eight years has disregarded it. But instead of doing that, you insisted on Israel’s right to use whatever means necessary to protect itself and furthermore promised to stand up for Israel in the face of UN resolutions and decrees. Who is Israel protecting itself from? Those pesky Arabs who dared challenge Israel’s legitimacy and presence? The Arabs who refuse to be shelled, bombed, poisoned, and shot down for their defiance and struggle for freedom and sovereignty? Any Arab who persists on speaking up for their fellow brothers, or any human being who insists on speaking up for freedom and justice?

The laws made by the UN you promised to defend Israel from were not made to arbitrarily bully Israel around. Rather, they were made to stop Israel from bullying others around. Israel’s illegal possession of nuclear weaponry violates UN resolutions, Israel’s refusal to abide by ceasefire laws are in violation of UN resolutions, Israel’s expansion and demolition into Palestinian lands violates UN resolutions, Israel’s detention and indefinite imprisonment of Palestinian citizens without trial violates the Geneva Convention. Israel’s presence in Lebanon spurred not only the creation of Hezbollah but also violated several UN resolutions. The UN called for Palestinian right of return which Israel denied and continues to deny for millions of still displaced Palestinians and their families around the world.

Israel’s war crimes are in clear violation of international law and democracy, yet the United States has used its Security Council veto power over 40 times to protect Israel from any prosecution or further investigation into these and other matters. Again and again, Israel makes a mockery out of the term democracy with its illegal and atrocious actions and treatment of the Palestinian people, but still, America has yet to stand up to her.

Hypocrisy

Throughout your campaign you have distinguished yourself from the other candidates by refusing to let lobbyist groups puppeteer you. You promised if elected, you would be a candidate voted by the people for the people, not another White House shill working for selfish big business and lobbyist interests. Up until now, you have avoided direct partnerships with any lobbyist interest. But in siding with AIPAC, you have betrayed your own words and have sought sponsorship from not only a lobbyist group, but rather the most powerful one in the world.

AIPAC, the group who is suspected to be behind the rumors and emails that you are a Muslim with potential terrorist ties, the groups that was one of your staunchest naysayers, is now your trusted political partner? Your political alignment with their organization seemed to be the furthest from your message of change and hope to the people of this country and its message to the world.

The policies that you told AIPAC you would stand behind were in 100% agreement with the previous international policies of the Bush-Cheney-McCain administration. The continued allegiance to Israel and your promise to stand up to the UN on her behalf is in contradiction with your platform on fairness, justice, adherence to law, and equality. The $30 billion plan for Israel to build its military artillery goes against your talks of not sponsoring terror and commitment to use diplomacy and talks instead of unilateral attacks and your fight against the use of offensive strikes lacking international support. Your promise to take a tough stance with Iran, to do “everything, everything” in your power to stop Iran, and meet with its leader only if it “can advance the interests of the United States” sounded very different than your initial promises of meeting with Iranian officials and leaders and negotiating peace and making sure Iran abandons pursuits of nuclear weaponry without th
e use of war and bombs. Allowing Israel to use whatever weapons and means necessary to defend itself from Iran’s threat gives Israel the greenlight to use violence, war, and nuclear weaponry on the one hand, while we discourage and abhor the idea of Iran doing the same thing.

Sworn Allegiance

In your speech, you spoke movingly of the Civil Rights Movement and the alliance between Jews and African Americans. Must I remind you that some of the biggest support of that movement and the times came from Muslims, both within the African American community and from abroad. You have neglected that strong and centuries-long history when you so boldly decided to take your stance alongside Israel and America’s unwavering support for everything she does and wishes to do- be it right or wrong.

I ask you to recall the words of former South African statesman Nelson Mandela in 1999 when he told the Palestinian Assembly, “The histories of our two peoples correspond in such painful and poignant ways that I intensely feel myself at home amongst my compatriots.”

The struggle that the Palestinians are facing and have faced for over 60 years now, is one that not only resonates with survivors of apartheid, survivors of Southern segregation, and survivors of war and persecution, but with any human being with concern for human rights, justice, freedom, and equality.

Conclusion

Many are not surprised. America has unequivocally supported Israel since its creation, even in the face of international outcry against human rights abuses.

You have a chance to differentiate yourself from every other previous President and take a moral stand against Israel instead of a politically strategic stand alongside her. When there are human rights violations being committed, be it echoing from Sudan, Israel, Palestine, or elsewhere in the world, it is in human beings best interest to oppose and fight against it, despite who the victims or, be they Arab, Jewish, or Black; human rights is an issue that surpasses barriers of race, religions, or color. It is not in America’s best interest in the realm of international affairs to selectively choose which violations of human rights to endorse, which to condemn, and which to ignore all together.

I have every faith that you are a wise leader and an intelligent scholar, so I will resist asking you to read up on literature and film documentaries on the matter. I will however, ask you to be true to your word and meet and talk with leaders from around the world, including those we deem as enemies. War should always be our last resort, not our most favorable political move.

Lastly, I ask that you take the words of your supporter, former President Jimmy Carter, to heart when he wrote, “Today the growth of Islamic extremism and the unprecedented hostility toward America and the Islamic world is directly related to the continuing bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians. To think otherwise is foolish and dangerous. My prayers on behalf of the children of the Holy Land and America is for the gift of courage to Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but particularly to our elected officials of both parties and at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue: the courage to face the facts and do what is necessary, to return America to its honored and historic role as a peacemaker.”

America’s violent presence and interest in the Middle East has done more harm than good, wasting trillions of American dollars, as well as countless lives. What is worse is that instead of spreading peace, we have only spread more violence on top of violence, we exacerbate economic hardship, political distress, and worst of all, gave legitimacy to extremists, terrorists, and dictators who falsely promise the Arab people security and victory over their occupiers.

People around the world, from every nation, race, creed and background, look to you for hope, for a future of peace. As citizens of this great country, we urge you to continue to stand for that message of peace, brotherhood, and unity. We pray for your success in winning this year’s Presidential Election, and hope that you are the change that America has been waiting for.

Sincerely,
A Muslim American Citizen

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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. don't vote

    July 29, 2008 at 2:57 AM

    I am never failed to be amazed at the utter naivety of “Muslim American Citizens” — why exactly, after you know how lousy Obama is, why are you “praying for his success in winning the elections?” Why are you praying for the success of a hypocrite?

    Why are you not praying for the success of at least someone who is not a hypocrite, no matter what the odds may appear to be?

    If you pray for the success of a hypocrite then, I think we should all pray: Ya Allah have mercy on us all, and not allow such a success, and forgive this brother/sister for making such a prayer.

  2. MR

    July 29, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    I want Barack to win, cuz he’s black. I want to see a Black President.

  3. Confused

    July 29, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    I thought he was only half black….

  4. Amad

    July 29, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Obama talks about the Muslim Catch-22 below.

    I like his honesty and what appears to be a genuinely tricky situation for him. Though I am wondering which mosques and Muslim leaders has he met?? I think, for now, he has said and done enough to satisfy Muslims that he is at least not anti-Muslim. I think we should appreciate the situation he finds himself in with a large sector of the populace, due to the fangs of Islamophobia. So, let’s give him a break. Let him come to office, and then we have a better opportunity to demand more respect and fairness. At least we have a shot with him. With McCain, we have no chance:

    One member of the audience asked Obama if he felt he had gone too far in distancing himself from virally circulating false assertions that he is a radical Muslim.

    Obama was also asked whether in his repeated efforts to denounce false rumors that he is a Muslim he has gone too far, thus hurting impressions of Muslim Americans, including some who believe he should visit a mosque, as he has done with churches and synagogues.

    “This is a classic example of a no win situation, right?,” he responded. “So, I try to correct something that is false, and then people say, well why are you correcting this thing in a way that isn’t sufficiently, ah, well, let me put it this way: first of all, I have repeatedly on various occasions said, I am not a Muslim, but this whole strategy of suggesting that I am is indicative of anti-Muslim sentiment that we have to fight against. So, maybe you haven’t see those quotes, but they’re out there and I have said them on more than one occasion….I just don’t like the idea of somebody falsely identifying my religion…If you were a Muslim and somebody consistently said that you were a Christian, I suspect that you would want to have that corrected because that’s offensive to your faith. I think my credentials on supporting Muslim Americans are very strong.”

    Obama reminded the audience that he spoke out against discrimination of Arab Americans in his 2004 Democratic national convention speech in 2004.

    “I have visited mosques here in my community, repeatedly, and met with Muslim leaders on a wide range of occasions,” he said. “So, what I would ask is that I am treated like other candidates in terms of expectations, and that people look at my entire record.”

    Obama was asked a follow-up question on whether he could have gotten as far as he has, had he been a Muslim.

    “That’s a hypothetical that I don’t know how to answer,” he said. “I will tell you this that the American people are more tolerant and more open minded than I think a lot of the pundits give them credit for.”

    [Source]

  5. Amy

    July 29, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Not every President has been unequivocally pro-Israel. Specifically Eisenhower (Republican) and Kennedy (Democrat) were not, and the “special relationship” wasn’t really a cornerstone of policy until Johnson.

  6. Sara

    July 29, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    I agree with Amad that he is in a tough position. I have to believe that as a person he has no anti-Muslim sentiments, even if as a politician at times it has appeared that way. I can understand his wish to assert that he is not a Muslim as both a politician and a person who has chosen another faith.
    But I think it is completely fair for citizens of this country to ask him to represent their interests. The letter is very well-written and the author is certainly not being too hard on him.

  7. nisa

    July 29, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Subhanallah I am glad that we still have people who promote the good and stop the evil not just in their hearts but with whatever is required. The letter is very impressive and much needed. Jazakallahkhair for standing up for us.

  8. Hassan

    July 29, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Obama’s speech in Germany made me relax little bit about him. Instead of bashing islamo-facist, muslim-extremists etc, he said we should work with vast majority of muslims to fight extremism.

    I have never seen anybody speaking so eloquently in recent times.

  9. Ahmad AlFarsi

    July 29, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    I want Barack to win, cuz he’s black. I want to see a Black President.

    To be honest, I don’t really have any high expectations of Obama (though, I feel pretty confident that McCain would be a nightmare)… but deep down inside, the real truth behind why I want him to win is:

    I want to see someone named Hussein as president I’m not even joking… think of the barriers it would break for Americans to have a pres named Hussein… in fact, just simply the fact that all three of his names are extremely foreign sounding, would make it a real epic milestone in this country’s progress towards open-mindedness and diversity. Even 4 years ago, probably no one would ever imagine that a president could have anywhere near as foreign a name :)

  10. Abdur-Rahman Muhammad

    July 29, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    In your speech, you spoke movingly of the Civil Rights Movement and the alliance between Jews and African Americans. Must I remind you that some of the biggest support of that movement and the times came from Muslims, both within the African American community and from abroad. You have neglected that strong and centuries-long history

    As someone who is a contributing editor and writer for the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Black learned society, the Association for the Study of African-American History, the founders of Black History Month, and one who writes Black history for a living, I can tell you that Muslim participation in the Civil Rights Movement, far from being its “biggest supporters”, was literally non-existent!

    By what authority does the writer claim that Muslim support for the movement came “from abroad”? Who and what is he/she talking about? In all of my extensive studies of the Civil Rights struggle in this country, I’ve never come across the name of even one Muslim, never mind organizations, that gave “big” support to the movement, from overseas or otherwise. So again, what sources is the writer quoting? As a Muslim I would like to know for my own knowledge.

  11. Abdur-Rahman Muhammad

    July 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Again, “centuries-long”? This is pure fiction!

  12. Muniba

    July 30, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    I wanted to respond to a few of the comments made: I was a strong Obama supporter for a while and truly believed in his message of hope, honesty, and integrity. I was shocked and apalled by his recent proclaimed alliance with Israel and felt the need to write this letter. Although I am disheartened, I do still believe he is the best choice for Muslims right now and I don’t want to give up my right to vote and my faith in the political system by giving up and refusing to vote for anyone at all and allowing the Republican noe-cons to remain in power in the White House. I think human beings all exhibit acts of hypocrisy, with the exception of prophets, etc. Obama is a regular human being, just like you and me, and he makes mistakes, acts with self interest, and says and does things that I’m sure he regrets. I’m not apologizing for him, but I don’t think it is fair to label him one dimensionally as a “hypocrite.” Who are you/ who am I to judge another human being like that? Although I share your disappointment in the things politicians will do in order to gain votes and broaden their constituency, I don’t want to start labeling people or casting away my vote.

    As to some of the other comments… The century long history I was referring to had to do with the erased history of Muslim African slaves and Muslim indentured servants brought to America. Muslims have been part of the American legacy for centuries, although their stories were often unrecorded and/or untold. It can be debated whether or not the Muslims of the Civil Rights Movement (ie- Malcolm X and other Nation of Islam supporters) were actually Muslims or not, but for the sake of my article, I don’t want to get into the controversy. I know personally a few Muslim African American friends whose parents are mainstream Sunni Muslims and yet also participated in the Civil Rights Movement, so please don’t judge so harshly and assume that Muslims played a “non existent” role in the Civil Rights Movement. As far as support from abroad, I was referring to African countries such as South Africa. I know that my parents in Bangladesh studied the Civil Rights Movement growing up and were inspired by such acts and protests of civil disobedience and liberation during their country’s war for independence against Pakistan. Many Muslims I have spoken to, whether African American or not, share a sense of kinship with the struggles of Muslim African Americans, from early slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement, to our shared struggles post 9/11.

    We as Muslim Americans are politically scapegoated and targeted on a daily basis today in the media as well as even in our classrooms, neighborhoods, and workplaces. I haven’t given up hope yet, insha’Allah and I will continue to make dua that we as Muslims will stand up and rise as leaders and inspire others to change our present situation, not with violence and hate, but with wisdom, faith, and strength.

    Ameen.

  13. DevastedMusliminah

    July 30, 2008 at 2:55 AM

    Confused-
    Havent you heard of the one drop rule? His half black that means his BLACK period!

    It was more then a national blow to me when I listened to his IPAC speech it was a personally blow. I was a HUGE BHO supporter before he was a Pres. candidate or even started running, i read his book and loved the fact that thier was a politician who was actually different.
    When me and some sisters get into heated political dicussions we always seem to live it at that this country is corrupt and so is this world so we make dua that Obama fakes it till he makes it. He is not muslim, no matter how much we want him to be an “undercover Moslem” has they say. I just pray that he talks the talk for Israel NOW and inshAllah he will walk the walk for the rest of humanity and us Muslims all over the world.

  14. SaqibSaab

    July 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    I’m not very politically aware to any extent, but why get so bummed? He’s a politician. Any incremental positive increase should be all that we really hope for…

  15. Enjy

    July 30, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    Very Well Written!

  16. Abu Noor Al-Irlandee

    July 31, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Imam Abdur-Rahman,

    Doesn’t it kind of depend on how we are defining the “civil rights movement?” Malcolm X (rahimullah) is generally lumped nowadays under the rubric of the civil rights movement although of course throughout most of his life he was highly critical of the civil rights movement and for many years was explicitly prohibited from participating in it by the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Certainly many Blackamericans who were affiliated to either the NOI or Sunni Islam participated in “the movement” especially as it moved more towards Black Nationalist expressions later in the 1960s and 1970s. Also, prominent leaders from this era like H. Rap Brown later became Muslim although they were not Muslim at the time (does that count?) Certainly Malcolm X, who was interested in changing the focus of the struggle from civil rights to human rights and from a domestic to an international focus, was working hard to establish relationships with groups and leaders from all over the world, some Muslim, many not, in the last couple of years of his life.

    Of course, outside of the Blackamerican community, it should be noted that the explicitly racist immigration laws of the United States before 1965 meant that there were very few Muslims in the United States and they were basically prohibited from immigrating to the U.S. Under the national Origins quotas in place from 1924 to 1965, out of 165, 000 immigrants allowed in the country annually only a few hundred were allowed from Muslim countries, with 87 percent coming from Northwest Europe.

    Allaah knows best.

  17. Amad

    July 31, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Imam?

  18. Trapped In This Dunya

    August 1, 2008 at 3:56 AM

    SaqibSaab-
    We know he is a politician but it doesnt mean we cant have high hopes. I am a political Science and International Relations major, i dont neccesarily want to deal with American politics but I do hope their is a day we can have optimistic hopes and dreams of how politics in America might change… but i guess we can just wait till the days when Islam will rule in the west inshAllah! :)

  19. Trapped In This Dunya

    August 1, 2008 at 4:32 AM

    Ahmad AlFarsi- I most certainly want to see a Hussein in the white house too! I just hope he doesnt do something we will all regret…. may Allah protect this ummah!

  20. Ahmad AlFarsi

    August 1, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    I just hope he doesnt do something we will all regret….

    I am certain he will do many things that we will all regret, but McCain would probably do even worse things… Allahu a’lam.

    may Allah protect this ummah!

    AMEEN!

  21. Mezaan

    August 1, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas Rady Allahu Anhu reported the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam as saying, “O Allah, strengthen Islam with Abu Jahl bin Hisham, or with Umar bin al-Khattab”. In the morning, Sayyidina ‘Umar Rady Allahu Anhu went to the Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam and accepted Islam; then prayed openly in the mosque. (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)

    Too often the power of seeking guidance is overlooked. Inshallah this religion is strengthened with either candidate.

  22. Abu Umar

    August 2, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    It seems to me that many American Muslims are making the same mistake with Obama that they made with Bush in 2000. I guess we will get to see if the old maxim is true: fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Obama will do nothing for the Muslims as he is as beholden to the Jewish lobby and corporate interests as the rest of the politicians. We should not be swindle by his eloquent speeches, creepy personality cult, and pseudo-antiwar talking points. After all, this is the same guy who has advocated an even more belligerent policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sudan than Bush and even McCain (though I believe the latter two are much worse over all). Buyer beware.

  23. Mohit

    August 6, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Hey All,

    I don’t know why people have trouble looking at the BIG PICTURE here. Obama has no choice but to PLAY POLITICS and play it well so that he could be ELECTED PRESIDENT.

    Yes we all thought that he was going to be a change and Yes it doesn’t seem like it based on all his posturing as of late to different groups and communities. BUT do not think you were fooled. This man is truly a change agent. You could sence it in the compassion that he demonstrates with every move he makes. Read his books to get a true feel of what he believes and you will understand and see that he wants to bring a positive change to the world .

    It’s too bad that the Americans have trouble seeing his true personality and rely on the media to spin different incidents to make him seem like a bad choice once in a while to make the race seem closer and increase tv ratings etc. He has to play politics now to MAKE Sure that he gets elected.

    That is all.

  24. R_Oni

    August 14, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Salaam,

    So I keep checking back to see if there has been a response. lol. Wonderful letter though, mA.

  25. DOUGLAS FIELD

    August 28, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    SENATOR OBAMA, PLEASE TELL AMERICA YOUR FEELINGS ON THIS US JUDICIAL INJUSTICE ???

    LETS ALL HOPE OUR INTERNATIONAL MEDIA FRIENDS ALSO SHOW AN INTEREST IN REPORTING ON THIS AMERICAN HORROR FACING THESE (TENS OF THOUSANDS) FORGOTTEN AND TRAPPED POORER AMERICANS, AND HOW THIS POSSIBLE FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER HANDLES THIS VERY SERIOUS ISSUE FACING AMERICA’S LATINO AND BLACK AMERICAN COMMUNITIES ????

    **WITH 80% OF THE BLACK AMERICAN VOTERS SAYING THEY SUPPORT SENATOR OBAMA IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IT IS ONLY FAIR FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW PRIOR BEING ELECTED OUR NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOW THIS DEMOCRATIC SENATOR TRULY FEELS ABOUT THIS AMERICAN JUDICIAL HORROR CONTINUING TO INFLICT GRAVE HARM ON THE BLACK AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE ??????

    *** WHEN GOD’S FACE BECAME VERY RED ***
    THE US SUPREME COURT GAVE ENEMY COMBATANTS FEDERAL APPEAL HC RIGHTS LAWYERS AND PROPER ACCESS TO US FEDERAL COURTS,AND POORER AMERICANS (MANY EVEN ON DEATH ROW) ARE DENIED PROPER FEDERAL APPEAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO OUR US FEDERAL COURTS OF APPEAL, AND ROTTING IN AMERICAN PRISONS NATIONWIDE ?????????

    **** INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED REAL HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE $LOWLY FINDING OUT HOW EA$Y IT I$ FOR MIDDLE CLA$$ AND WORKING POOR AMERICAN$ TO FALL VICTIM TO OUR U$ MONETARY JUDICIAL $Y$TEM.

    ****WHEN THE US INNOCENT WERE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY ****
    The prison experts have reported that there are 100,000 innocent Americans currently being falsely imprisoned along with the 2,300,000 total US prison population nationwide.
    Since our US Congress has never afforded poor prison inmates federal appeal legal counsel for their federal retrials,they have effectively closed the doors on these tens of thousands of innocent citizens ever being capable of possibly exonerating themselves to regain their freedom through being granted new retrials.

    This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

    This devious and deceptive judicial process of making our poor and innocent prison inmates formulate and write their own federal appeal legal cases for possible retrials on their state criminal cases,is still in effect today even though everyone in our US judicial system knows that without proper legal representation, these tens of thousands of innocent prison inmates will be denied their rightful opportunities of ever being granted new trials from our federal appeal judges!!

    Sadly, the true US *legal* Federal Appeal situation that occurs when any of our uneducated American prison inmates are forced to attempt to submit their own written Federal Appeals (from our prisons nationwide) without the assistance of proper legal counsel, is that they all are in reality being denied their legitimate rights for Habeas Corpus and will win any future Supreme Court Case concerning this injustice!

    For our judicial system and our US Congressional Leaders Of The Free World to continue to pretend that this is a real and fair opportunity for our American Middle Class and Working Poor Citizens, only delays the very needed future change of Federal Financing of all these Federal appeals becoming a normal formula of Our American judicial system.

    It was not so very long ago that Public Defenders became a Reality in this country.Prior that legal reality taking place, their were also some who thought giving anyone charged with a crime a free lawyer was a waste of taxpayers $$.

    This FACADE and HORROR of our Federal Appeal proce$$ is not worthy of the Greatest Country In The World!

    ***GREAT SOCIETIES THAT DO NOT PROTECT EVEN THEIR INNOCENT, BECOME THE GUILTY!

    A MUST READ ABOUT AMERICAN INJUSTICE:
    1) YAHOO AND 2) GOOGLE
    MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM.
    ** A JUDICIAL RIDE OF ONES LIFE !

    lawyersforpooramericans@yahoo.com (424-247-2013)

  26. Tanya Haye

    September 7, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Hi,

    I am not Muslim. I am a Black Republican. I saw on CNN today Sunday an interview with a news reporter and a voter of the Muslim faith. I did not get the names because I had not paid close attention. What was said confused me a little. I am new to all the politics. I vote but really getting involved and understanding the whole process was really foreign to me. I have learned so much these past few months. The question to the muslim voter was, Why is Obama keeping his distance from the Muslim community and not seeking out your vote. I thought that it was obvious. Since it was not, I wanted to say what I know that Senator Obama would say if he could. He is for Americans period. All of us. The same way he is not siding with only blacks or only Democrats. He is for us all. I know you understand about 9/11.
    I am an insider to the Republican thought process and until I looked at both candidates did I see such a difference in what I want for my furture and the future of my grandson. It should not matter the religion but is does. My party would make people who already have fears about Senator Obama and his connections because of his muslim Dad, they would not let it go. So I understand why. Americans many of us still even though in the back of our minds and some always in the forefront of our minds are still afraid. You have been all lumped together good and bad. You saw how they reacted to Pastor Wright. I heard the gentleman say “that it does not make a difference who they vote for both are against us”. I felt his hopelessness come though the screen and I almost wanted to cry. I have been hopeless. I want to say this to your community. Even though Senator Obama does not appear to be embracing your community, he is. I said I am a Republican. I am mot voting Republican this time. Why? Because Obama is for the 95%, if you are the 1% then vote for McCain but if you want your children to dream bigger than ever before, to see someone that looks more like them than not and who truely wants to support us all then don’t be disheartened. Obama is for you, people from my party would make so much of a friendship with you right now it would probably keep him out of office for sure. Pray and trust him and God, that is what I did.

    Thank you,
    Tanya Haye

  27. Faisal

    September 9, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Assalaam Alaikum,

    That was a well-intentioned and nicely written letter, Muniba. When Obama gave that speech in front of the AIPAC, I wondered about the exact same hypocrisy shown by Obama. But the truth of the matter is that unfortunately in the political system of this country, such an act is considered not only normal but essential. AIPAC is part of that enigma in our political system that defies logic. No politician can survive if they oppose it. There hasn’t been a president in decades that didn’t publicly support the AIPAC. The power of this lobby can be judged by the simple fact that the AIPAC is the only foreign country lobby that doesn’t have to register as a foreign interest lobby. We know why Israel enjoys such unwavering support. Obama already has his work cut out when it comes to getting support from conservative Christians and opposing Israel’s policies will only lead to his political demise.

    In addition to everything else, he is fighting against a party which encourages the ideology that its ok to be a little racist, a little anti-immigrant, a little sexist, a little anti-Muslim. They play on the worst, ill-informed and ill-conceived biases of many regular Americans. We as Muslims need to realize that unfortunately our support is a political liability to a candidate. We need to come up with real solutions to combat ignorance, stereotype and racism collectively. Unfortunately, the current crop of politicians don’t have the fortitude or zeal to do the right thing rather than what is popular.

    I must appreciate the extra effort you made in sending this letter to Obama and making it public to the rest of us. Words will always retain their power but lets make our thoughts a reality.

  28. Nick

    September 9, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Dear Barack obama,

    My name is Nick and im 13 years old, i just want to say you have done a great job running for president, you have opened my mind to so many new things that i didnt kow about. if i could i would vote for you!

    i have always had this dream that i wanted to change somthing in this world and i think i have figured it out. the only thing is i dont know where to start? i dont know if im to young but i want to give it a try…do you have any advice? if you do i need it.

    thank you.

  29. Wadiya

    September 25, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Salaam,

    What some of you don’t seem to know is that most of the slaves from Africa that where brought to this country were Muslims!!!! And some Arab Muslims helped capture and sold them into slavery. And no help came to us for over 400 years. And no apology has come, and no compensation, not even brother/sisterhood. I give the salaams to a foreign born sister and I get no return greetings, only a look of arrogance and disdain. Those of us who are African American Muslims have only returned to our original religion Islam.

    MaSalaam

  30. DOUGLAS FIELD

    October 2, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    DO POORER AMERICANS NEED GOD TO LOBBY THE US CONGRESS SENATOR OBAMA ???

    SURELY OUR US CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD & US SUPREME COURT BOTH KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WRONGFUL GEORGIA STATE MURDER OR A POSSIBLE EXECUTION IN GEORGIA NEXT WEEK ???

    SADLY, OUR US CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DENY MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION EVEN THOUGH WRONGFUL EXECUTIONS & FALSE INCARCERATIONS CONTINUE ALL ACROSS AMERICA ???
    *** 700 BILLION $$$ AVAILABLE FOR US BAILOUT,& NO $$$ FOR ALL POORER AMERICANS PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION OR RETRIALS WHEN NEEDED ???????

    WHERE ARE AMERICA’S RELIGIOUS LEADERS ????????????
    SENATOR OBAMA, THIS JUDICIAL INJUSTICE HAS BECOME AN AMERICAN ART FORM, AND NO LONGER CAN BE KEPT HIDDEN OR SECRET FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EVEN IF CERTAIN (501c3) U$ RELIGIOU$ LEADER$ HAVE BEEN $ILENCED ??

    LETS ALL HOPE OUR MEDIA FRIENDS CONTINUE TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN REPORTING ON THIS AMERICAN HORROR FACING THESE (TENS OF THOUSANDS) FORGOTTEN AND TRAPPED POORER AMERICANS, AND HOW THIS PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER HANDLES THIS VERY SERIOUS ISSUE FACING AMERICA’S LATINO AND BLACK AMERICAN COMMUNITIES ????

    WITH 80% OF THE BLACK AMERICAN VOTERS SAYING THEY SUPPORT SENATOR OBAMA IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IT IS ONLY FAIR FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW PRIOR BEING ELECTED OUR NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOW THIS DEMOCRATIC SENATOR TRULY FEELS ABOUT THIS AMERICAN JUDICIAL INJUSTICE CONTINUING TO INFLICT GRAVE HARM ON THE BLACK & LATINO AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE ??????

    *** WHEN GOD’S FACE BECAME VERY RED ***
    THE US SUPREME COURT GAVE ENEMY COMBATANTS FEDERAL APPEAL HC RIGHTS LAWYERS AND PROPER ACCESS TO US FEDERAL COURTS,AND POORER AMERICANS (MANY EVEN ON DEATH ROW) ARE DENIED PROPER FEDERAL APPEAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO OUR US FEDERAL COURTS OF APPEAL, AND ROTTING IN AMERICAN PRISONS NATIONWIDE ?????????

    **** INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED REAL HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE $LOWLY FINDING OUT HOW EA$Y IT I$ FOR MIDDLE CLA$$ AND WORKING POOR AMERICAN$ TO FALL VICTIM TO OUR U$ MONETARY JUDICIAL $Y$TEM.

    ****WHEN THE US INNOCENT WERE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY ****
    The prison experts have reported that there are 100,000 innocent Americans currently being falsely imprisoned along with the 2,300,000 total US prison population nationwide.

    Since our US Congress has never afforded poor prison inmates federal appeal legal counsel for their federal retrials,they have effectively closed the doors on these tens of thousands of innocent citizens ever being capable of possibly exonerating themselves to regain their freedom through being granted new retrials.

    This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

    This devious and deceptive judicial process of making our poor and innocent prison inmates formulate and write their own federal appeal legal cases for possible retrials on their state criminal cases,is still in effect today even though everyone in our US judicial system knows that without proper legal representation, these tens of thousands of innocent prison inmates will be denied their rightful opportunities of ever being granted new trials from our federal appeal judges!!

    Sadly, the true US *legal* Federal Appeal situation that occurs when any of our uneducated American prison inmates are forced to attempt to submit their own written Federal Appeals (from our prisons nationwide) without the assistance of proper legal counsel, is that they all are in reality being denied their legitimate rights for Habeas Corpus with our US FEDERAL COURTS and will win any future Supreme Court Case concerning this injustice!

    For our judicial system and our US Congressional Leaders Of The Free World to continue to pretend that this is a real and fair opportunity for our American Middle Class and Working Poor Citizens, only delays the very needed future change of Federal Financing of all these Federal appeals becoming a normal formula of Our American judicial system.

    It was not so very long ago that Public Defenders became a Reality in this country.Prior that legal reality taking place, their were also some who thought giving anyone charged with a crime a free lawyer was a waste of taxpayers $$.

    This FACADE and HORROR of our Federal Appeal proce$$ is not worthy of the Greatest Country In The World!
    ***GREAT SOCIETIES THAT DO NOT PROTECT EVEN THEIR INNOCENT, BECOME THE GUILTY!

    A MUST READ ABOUT AMERICAN INJUSTICE:
    1) YAHOO AND 2) GOOGLE
    MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM.
    ** A JUDICIAL RIDE OF ONES LIFE !

    lawyersforpooramericans@yahoo.com
    (424-247-2013)

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