On November 22, 2011, Rikers Island guards put Kevin Phillip into a segregation housing unit. It was punishment for something he did. Phillip spent 36 days there. On two Fridays over that stretch, Phillip asked the guards if he could attend a Muslim prayer service at the jail. The guards said that h ... More >>
In November 2003, prison guards at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York ordered Darryl Holland to take a drug test. He had three hours to provide a urine sample. But the order was not so simple. Holland was Muslim and it was Ramadan and he had not drank any water all day. The guards g ... More >>
Air travel has become such a nightmare that it's hard to muster any surprise about the hassles and indignities travelers face on a regular basis. Excruciatingly long lines, invasive pat downs, awkward luggage inspections, delays, cancelations--and, oh yeah, racial profiling--are all pretty much ac ... More >>
Throwing uncooked bacon all over a field on Staten Island is a reckless waste of bacon. And it also might be a hate crime, authorities say, when the field is the site of a Muslim religious ceremony -- which it was.Police are investigating pieces of bacon being strewn about John D'Amato Field on New ... More >>
Whole Foods would like everybody to know that, contrary to what its internal company email says, it is not capitulating to a small but loudmouthed band of racist xenophobes who demanded the grocery store not promote Ramadan.
Keeping an eye on Eid ul-FitrHappy Eid ul-Fitr Eid al-Adha! Last night marked the beginning of Eid, the three day festival celebrating the end of the Ramadan month of fasting in the Muslim world celebrating the end of Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca. We stopped by our local halal market last night ... More >>
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In journalism, the depths of August are often called "silly season," because many newsmakers are on vacation, forcing bored reporters to fill up space with goofy stories (e.g.). For rightbloggers, of course, silliness is a year-round thing. But with the New York mosque controversy -- a Burlington ... More >>
Voice staff writer Chris Thompson not only knew the Oakland reporter shot dead by a follower of the Yusuf Bey family, he'd also incurred the family's wrath
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