Muslim woman makes impassioned statement in House of Commons
A Muslim woman, Srosh Hassana, taking part in the Daughters of the Vote event on Parliament Hill, addresses islamophobia and xenophobia in an an emotional statement in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day.
I’m so happy that Bernie Sanders is speaking up about this. I’m happy he is on our side. And yes, there are a lot of us that voted against “Donald” and if we fight together we CAN become his worst nightmare.
Theresa May is currently our Prime Minister. She wasn’t elected - during the last election (2015), the Tories won the most seats in parliament, which means they are in power, and their leader (at the time, David Cameron) becomes PM. After the Brexit vote, Cameron (who was pro-remain), stepped down as leader.
When this occurs, there are two options:
1) There is another general election
2) The elected party chooses a new leader, and they become PM.
The second is what happened, and so we have Theresa May.
The problem is, lots of people don’t like her, and the fact that she was unelected (even though the Prime Minister is never directly elected anyway) means she has a slightly weaker position in parliament than if she had won an election.
Since taking power, she has promised over and over that she would not call for a snap election.
Yesterday, she called for a snap election.
So not only did she break basically her only promise, but there’s dodgy stuff going on with timing:
- The vote is right in the middle of Ramadan, thus making is more difficult for Muslims to vote
- It’s during the exam period, making is more difficult for young people to vote.
Also, Labour is still dealing with all sorts of in-fighting that now, instead of having three years to sort, they have six weeks.
There is also basically no time for campaigning, and things like setting up a postal vote is much more urgent than normal - further worsening numbers for Muslims, young people, disabled people, etc.
So that’s why people are pissed off with Theresa May.
Donald Trump is the president-elect. This is the last thing many of us wanted or imagined, and the world is shaking in its boots. Where do we go from here? Here’s where we begin:
-Recognize that what Hillary Clinton did for women in politics was amazing. She has solidified her place in history as the first major party female nominee for president. Remember that she was a person, a person with real ideas and love in her heart for the American people.
-Recognize that Donald Trump is #notyourpresident. A man who does not care for or respect you does not deserve your respect in return. It does not matter that he will hold the highest office in the land (barring impeachment). He is just a man, just another human being, with real weaknesses. We shall continue to expose those weaknesses and his black heart for the whole world to see. You do not owe him anything. He does not represent you.
-Appreciate everything the Obama administration has done. Hell, write him and Joe a thank-you card. The man who forced him to release his long form birth certificate has now been elected into office, and that is a sucker punch to Barack Obama and his legacy. He deserved better than this. Get everything done in the next couple months that you can that may be harder to do after January 20th, such as getting an IUD and help from Planned Parenthood, or get your physical while you’re still covered.
-Realize that the electoral college? Is bullshit. It no longer works. If we had gone off popular vote, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton would be our president, because that’s who the majority of Americans voted for. Protest the hell out of the electoral college.
-Support your community. Whether you’re LGBT, Muslim, a woman (cis or trans), Mexican, or any other minority that Trump and the Republicans have disgraced. We’re stronger together, and if we work together, nothing can stop us.
-LEARN THAT VOTING THIRD PARTY KINDA RUINS IT FOR EVERYBODY. How’s your conscience feel now, huh?
-Keep fighting for what’s right. Fight for the plans and ideas Clinton and the Democrats were running to support.
-Remember that you have a voice. You have rights. The Constitution secures many of them for you, and the most freeing ones come in that first amendment: religion, speech, press, protest. You’re going to need all of them to overcome the challenge of living under a president that wants to take that away from you.
-Support the press. They kinda fucked up covering Trump. They gave him the upper hand with all this air time, treating him like he wasn’t a threat. Because he really is now. But, now they have the chance to make it right by really digging up some serious dirt on him and making his life in office a living hell.
-This is a revolution. And what made the past beautiful was that people got off their asses in order to make their voices heard about issues they cared about. They gathered. They marched. And they didn’t keep quiet. Am I suggesting we protest Trump (or Pence’s) inauguration? Am I suggesting we march on Washington to show our unity? Do you need to stop talking about your displeasure on social media and actually physically get out there and get shit done? Yeah, you do. Let’s get together.
-Women and minorites have a long way to go. It feels as if the last victory women got was 96 years ago when we got the vote. We still haven’t broken the highest glass ceiling. But we will. We absolutely will. So we need to get together and make sure we all get the justice we deserve and lead EVERYONE forward. We need to educate people on equality. Not condescend to them.
Hard times are ahead, pals. But we can do this. We can make Donald Trump wish he was never born, let alone that he won the presidency. And I’m serious when I say that if you’d like to organize something, from a web page to a publication to protest in some form, message me.
doesn't mod s call herself a feminist? she can't be muslim and a feminist, islam is a male dominated religion, women have to be constantly oppressed. it's disgusting how muslim women are treated
Well, first of all, I’m use they/them, but thanks so much for misgendering me!
You wanna talk about how Muslim women and and woman-aligned people are treated? Fine, we can talk about that.
We can talk about how the Quran was revealed in 632 AD, saying how women are equal to men. (“And their Lord responded to them: ’…be you male or female - you are equal to one another.’” [Quran 3:195])
We can talk about how in the 16th century, western men were still debating if women had souls.
We can talk about how in 632, the 1st century, Muslim women had the rights to choose who to marry, to divorce, to work, to educate and be educated, to have their won inheritance, to their own land and property, to have their own businesses, to participate in combat, to half their husband’s wealth, to have their own opinions, to have custody of their children, and on and on and on.
We can talk about Muslim women’s right to have a voice in government. Tell me, when did the USA give (white) women “equal participation in the political process,” or voting? 1920. Muslim women have had that since 632.
We can talk about how Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers. How 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female. How in the lovely USA, we haven’t even had a women vice-president yet.
We can talk about the hijab, niqab, abaya, and burqa, how they’re mainly worn to protect women from leering men, and to allow women to interact freely in public without people being able to judge their bodies or looks and only having their minds and personalities to make judgements off of.
We can talk a out how the Western world has twisted our clothing into “women have to cover up because they’re indecent!” and women and feminine-presenting people get attacked and have their coverings yanked off, either because of Islamophobic hatred or misguided attempts at saving us.
We can talk about how I’ve had my hijab ripped off twice, both times by white men, once outside my community’s masjid (the Muslim place of worship.) And oddly enough, my clothing didn’t stop me from breaking one of those men’s noses when he went after my sister. Just like it’s never stopped me from going to school, or playing sports, or doing anything a white woman or woman aligned person could do.
We can talk about how outside of the masjid, where men and women are required to cover their heads, I’ve never once been made to wear a hijab.
We can talk about how the only people who have lectured me about dressing modestly were non-Muslim teachers and other educators.
We can talk about how people want to preach about how Muslims think women are indecent, when western schools freak out when a girl shows her shoulders.
We can talk about my cousin who once made a joke about women belonging in the kitchen and how out of thirty people in the room, the only person who laughed was his white friend. How his father immediately corrected him.
We can talk about how the first university ever, the University of al-Qarawiyyin, was founded in 858 by Fatima al-Fihri, a Muslim woman. How despite that, the summer I was thirteen and taking extra courses at the community college, an instructor praised me for joining even though “I know Muslim parents don’t let girls have higher education.” I had to look her in the eyes and ask who she thought was paying for my classes.
We can talk about the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) who denounced all forms of enslavement of women, and assisted women in issuing their rights to exist freely.
We can talk about people who rush to condemn Muslim men for hurting the “defenseless” girls, then turning around and making jokes about raping and hitting women.
We can talk about the “saviors of Muslim women,” talking about how they’re so oppressed, they don’t get to make their own choices.
We can talk about how these people completely ignore anyone who says they’re wrong and call them brainwashed. Because of course millions of women have been coerced into believing in a tradition that views them as subservient, what other explanation is there?
We can talk about how patronizing and infantalizing this is, how it denies Muslim women and woman aligned people agency and puts our “saviors” on a pedestal. “We need to be their heroes! Because obviously they can’t fix their problems without the aid of white people!”
We can talk about how it’s true that Muslim women suffer from misogyny. How there are Muslim men who think of women as lesser, how some Muslim women are forced to cover themselves and marry. Because guess what? There is no culture that is exempt from misogyny and sexism, gender discrimination is a problem everywhere. But you cannot call an entire culture and religion inherently misogynistic, that is in no way true.
We can talk about how somehow there’s this incredibly untrue idea that Western cultures have “progressed forward, and sexism doesn’t exist here, only in other countries and cultures.”
We can talk about how if people want to help Muslim women, all that is needed is for them to listen to us and follow our lead.
We can talk about how Muslim women and woman aligned people do not need white people to save them. We have always been capable of helping ourselves.
There are a lot of conversations to be had about the treatment of Muslim women, if it’s something you want to discuss.
But the thing is? People who talk about how oppressed Muslim women are generally don’t.
You want a deflection from your misogyny, “You think I’m bad! You should see how Muslim girls are treated.” You want an excuse for your Islamophobia, “We need to criticize Islam, they treat women awfully!” You want justification for western imperialism, “These wars are necessary! We need to save the poor girls!”
You don’t care about Muslim women and women aligned people.
This is happening in the real America. It could not happen in Donald Trump’s vision of America. Bernie Sanders – This is the first, serious Jewish candidate for president, vying for the top of the ticket in his party. Bernie Sanders is leading 64-36 in Dearborn, which is a 67-percent Arab-Muslim community, where he is leading. So the Jewish candidate for president in America, tonight, is carrying the Muslim vote where it is most concentrated.
I can’t even begin to put into words how devastated I am over the results of the vote on whether or not the UK carry out airstrikes on Syria. I have never been particularly proud to be British, but never in my life have I ever been more ashamed of my country than I am right now.
Our government has decided, with a majority of over 170, that the UK will bomb Syria.
The MP’s then had the audacity to laugh and cheer after voting to murder people.
I wish there was something I could say or do to change this, to protect the people of Syria who’s lives and homes will be destroyed, the people who will die in a war that they want no part in, but there’s nothing I can say or do that will make this okay.
All I can say is that I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I assure you that the vast majority of the public do not want this, and that there have been huge protests over the past week or so to try and change people’s minds. Unfortunately we have no say in what our government chooses to do.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Syria, I can only hope that you will all be safe.
EDIT*** The target is ISIS/ISIL/IS/whatever you choose to call it. Unfortunately it will be the innocent civilians who are going to suffer. My government sees people as collateral damage.
LGBT+ people, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinxs, other people generally not liked by Trump and his supporters… Should he win the election… Please stay safe. I don’t live in America nor have I ever experienced an American election, but something tells me it might be better to stay inside. Stay safe you beautiful beans!!!
The time restriction has passed, but keep calling, and contact your representative! This is too important to let drop.
Call Nancy Pelosi’s office and make some noise now!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office is tallying calls protesting GOP voter suppression:
* The state of WI ignored a judicial ruling that they overturn and remedy some of worst of the new voter restrictions.
* 80K votes were missing after the computer “glitch” in Durham, which has NC’s highest concentrations of African American voters.
* Both of those were states Clinton lost by less than the amount of missing votes. In both states, especially in WI, they may affect the down-ticket races as well.
* 800K mail-in votes in FL were “never returned” according to the election board there. INVESTIGATE!
Nancy Pelosi’s SF office #: (415) 556-4862
FLOOD THEM with calls. Do it before 5:30 PST. At 6 pm, they give Pelosi a written concise of every call they’ve received.
Also, call your local representativ
My mum has a friend that works with LA times and they were working with states recently that are still “counting votes” and this is what they found out! Over 800,000 thousand mail in ballots in Florida did not get counted! They’re “looking” for them. Please go and call. It’s is such a small amount of hope yes, it’s a sliver. But it’s enough. Send this out. Send it to anyone that hates the outcome please spread the word. It’s our future at stake. People’s lives and safety.
Sorry Jamie. Today you play the 3rd-party-voter/non-voter demographic.
“I don’t want to vote (for Hillary) in this flawed system.” Several friends (who feel relatively safe in any outcome) have told me this.
Well, I don’t want LGBT+, POC, Muslim, neurodivergent, and disabled people to be run over by a Trump Presidency because our allies were too principled to vote in our best interests.
But that’s where principled 3rd party voters and non-voters leave us. Vulnerable.
That’s why we say, “Yes, you can vote. It’s important.” Because it is about more than just the individual voter’s feelings towards a flawed system (that is no more flawed than the ridiculous systems behind most products, energy, food, clothes, animation, and games we buy). It is about voting for the safest available option to protect the millions in disenfranchised groups and minorities who are routinely hurt by all those other systems.
Please register and vote, even if you don’t want to. We ALL have to live with the result.
Donald Trump called the Freedom Tower that was built to commemorate those lost on 9/11 on the site of the World Trade Center “disgusting” and he wanted to make it look more like the Trump Towers. He says he’d “rather have nothing than what they’re building,” and called the designer an egghead.
Donald Trump freely called a tower that was built to honor those who died disgusting.
Donald Trump blames all Muslims and all Iranians/Middle Eastern persons for what happened today and supports the war.
I cannot say this enough but DO NOT vote for him in the election. Even if you’re voting for him as a joke. He is a despicable, greedy man and each vote counts. Do not vote for a man like him and do not let those innocent lives, both American and Middle Eastern die in vain by doing so.