How do we heal?

  By Leif Maynard There is a certain kind of shock that follows an act of violence by an extremist group. In the case of Charlottesville, this shock stems from the realization of the widespread prevalence of these extremists. Through the attacks in Barcelona, we see how effective radicalization has become, and how it has […]

Muslim Guilt and San Bernardino

By Mehlaqa Samdani When three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic were brutally gunned down by a white, American extremist last week, as an American, I did not condemn the atrocity. Nor did I condemn every instance of a mass shooting that occurred over the past year in the United States by my fellow Americans. […]

Between ISIS and Islamophobia: The American-Muslim Dilemma

By Mehlaqa Samdani Many people around the U.S. heaved a collective sigh of relief when the protest organized by armed bikers outside a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona ended without incident last week. And yet the anti-Muslim rally and the events that led up to it shed light on critical gaps, which if left unattended will […]

Green Shoots of Reconciliation

Written by Bernie Pelletier Just as Critical Connections is determined to resist misrepresentation, push back against intolerance, and defend against misunderstanding, we must seek, support, and welcome those who work from any side towards the goal of a resilient diverse world community. We have a prominent example of such outreach in Pope Francis, the new Catholic […]

Boko Haram, Islamists, and the New York Times

Written by Mehlaqa Samdani Two weeks ago the New York Times published an excellent article on the controversy surrounding the opening of the 9/11 museum.  At the center of the debate is a short video produced by the museum that describes members of Al-Qaida as Islamists and refers to their campaign as jihad. The interfaith advisory […]

No Dishonor in Dialogue

Written by Mehlaqa Samdani Honor killings, domestic abuse, forced marriages and female genital mutilation as practiced in Muslim societies and communities are just some of the issues raised in the recently released documentary “Honor Diaries.” It features Muslim activists from around the world working to advance gender empowerment within their respective communities. What, then, is all the […]

EVENTS

FROM POLITICAL POLARIZATION TO CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE:              LESSONS FROM THE LAB

Dr. Peter Coleman

THURS, OCT. 19, 7-9 PM

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Bangs Community Center       70 Boltwood Walk        Amherst, MA

FROM RADICALIZATION TO REFORM: A CONVERSATION WITH A FORMER MUSLIM MILITANT

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BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES SYMPOSIUM

Friday, December 8, 2017        9-4pm                               Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA

A daylong event with  educators, religious clergy, law-enforcement personnel, social workers, and Muslim community leaders committed to building inclusive communities.

CC TV SHOWS

Prof. Sudha Setty on the future of American-Muslims under the Trump administration

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Mr. Daryl Johnson on homegrown extremism

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