News and Views

June 22, 2018
By Wendy Wheeler Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Hazeem Pudhaipura, his lovely wife Nina, and their three children, Hiba, Hana and Danial. Thanks to Mansoor Shams and Vets for American Ideals’ joint #29/29 Ramadan Initiative, I got...
June 22, 2018
Governors from at least eight states are withholding or recalling National Guard troops from efforts to secure the U.S. border with Mexico. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said, "Until this policy of separating children from their families has been...
June 18, 2018
By Reed Bonadona I signed up to participate in the 29 for 29 Ramadan initiative fairly impulsively, out of feeling of general support for Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) and a sense that I could do more to stand up for the American values I...
June 15, 2018
On June 11, International Refugee Assistance Project filed a lawsuit challenging the processing delays of Special Immigrant Visa applications on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi individuals who currently work or who have previously worked with the United...
June 14, 2018
By Mark Footerman Intolerance is the result of festered ignorance. If we open our minds to new cultures, faiths, ideas, and ways of life, we grow closer. This week, I was honored to join Kashif Chaudhry in his place of worship to participate in the...
June 11, 2018
By Maureen Elias If someone asked you to stay the night with a stranger, would you? What if that stranger belonged to a religion that is commonly misunderstood and often associated with religious extremism? When I was asked to spend the night in the...
June 11, 2018
Hello everyone! My name is Damien Powell and I am a new intern working with the Vets for American Ideals (VFAI) team at Human Rights First. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about this great organization and to help bolster ...
June 8, 2018
Muslims around the world continue to observe Ramadan, a month that involves reflection, prayer, and fasting. We are celebrating alongside our Muslim neighbors with our #29for29 initiative, in partnership with Mansoor Shams of MuslimMarine.org, which...
June 7, 2018
By Will Quinn Recently, I was invited to visit a local mosque by the imam, Imam Hammad. The invitation came as part of the 29 for 29 Ramadan Initiative, a project bringing twenty-nine veterans to the homes of American Muslim families for the twenty-...
June 7, 2018
From Doyle Hodges: Last week, Emily and I spent the night with Haris and Khansa Raja and their three boys, as part of the #29for29 initiative, where veterans spend an evening with a local Muslim family during Ramadan. We joined them in a fabulous...

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