The Muslims of Victoria, a small city in southern Texas, have experienced the healing power of kindness in the face of devastating cruelty. Their mosque, the Victoria Islamic Center, was destroyed by an arsonist on January 28, the morning after President Trump issued his original executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations. While the investigation into the fire continues, officials are not yet able to call the arson a hate crime. [Read more…]
“An America which turns away refugees is not America. We forgot that during the Holocaust. Let’s never again forget who we are,” writes Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. Hetfiled was one of many to point out a compelling coincidence: President Trump issued his controversial refugee ban on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. [Read more…]
On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order on immigration that ignited protests and condemnation from individuals and organizations around the country. [Read more…]
Tonight we offer a double musical treat for Hanukkah from Six 13, a nationally renowned, all-male Jewish a capella group. An internet sensation, the group has also performed on national TV and radio, and in venues across the country and around the world. As described on their website, their music is “fueled by thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements, and soulful harmonies” with the goal of “connect[ing] Jews around the globe with their heritage through music.” The lyrics in Six 13’s Hanukkah videos below are impressively creative and thoroughly entertaining.
Here is their 2014 parody of the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off”:
Six 13’s most recent Hanukkah song, which they performed at the White House for the president and the first lady, is a parody of the show “Hamilton”:
In addition to the eloquent speeches by high-profile members of the party, Democrats of all stripes have been touting their political messages around town with great creativity. People are exuberantly exercising their First Amendment right of self-expression through slogans on t-shirts, caps, socks and the ubiquitous political buttons. From Trump toilet paper to “Chillary” iced coffee to the sold-out “Presidential Election 2016 — Moving to Canada” t-shirt, politically themed merchandise can be found all over the city. [Read more…]
At a press conference in Florida, Donald Trump was asked about the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. His response spurred the release of the following statement from Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign:
This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.
Below is a video of the Trump press conference. The remarks begin at time marker 35:35, and the especially controversial ones appear at time marker 44:00.