Ali Asad Chandia Re-Sentencing
I went to the re-sentencing hearing for Ali Asad Chandia last week, hope to write a bit more about it at some point. The judge was hostile, which is unsurprising considering that an appeals court has now twice ruled that the “terrorism enhancement” used in the original sentencing was not warranted. The defense was largely successful in having portions of the pre-sentencing report amended. Sentencing is now scheduled for Friday March 11th, 2011 at the Federal District Courthouse in Alexandria, VA. On a happier note, the courtroom was filled to capacity with Muslims and some had to wait outside.
Met some familiar faces including a lawyer that had helped Chandia’s defense attorney at trial. His trial and conviction played a pivotal role in her decision to leave her law career behind and go into nursing. After the paintball trials including this one, I wanted to do something constructive, I remember walking back to the car or metro one day telling a friend that I wanted to go into law to do something to help. But the law is so rarely about justice and so I’ve also gone into nursing and psychology.
Protests in Egypt
Love it. Yalla, Egypt! Following up on the use your mind post, which was written in response to those who labeled the Tunisia uprising and indeed any protest as un-Islamic and not sanctioned by the religion, this week learned Muslims chimed in with varying degrees of support for the protestors here, here, here, here, and here, and many more. Also validates, my Pray-In activities.
Mona Eltahawy is doing a journalistic uprising in support of the Egyptian protestors, she’s been passionate, eloquent, and on point all week, here delightfully putting those who raise the specter of the Muslim brotherhood bogey-man in their place. We often hear those with strong claims to orthodoxy decrying their misrepresentation in the media or by the wider public, however Muslim organizations and spokespeople would do well to take some lessons from the more media-savvy progressives like Mona and Asra. I like Imam Magid and his progressive (in the conservative sense of the word) outlook, yet his English leaves something to be desired and as the President of ISNA, it’s critical to have leaders and spokespeople in America that can relate to an American audience. It’s not fair, an American can be someone from anywhere with any type of accent, yet the reality dictates that only certain accents are deemed palatable to majority of American ears.
The massive snowstorm that wasn’t
Well, at least not for us here in Washington DC region, nothing much happened. Thank you, God!
Ify on Twitter?
Maybe. I’ve been thinking about joining the Twitter revolution. I’m intrigued by it and like the character limit, which forces me to condense my thoughts. I also resisted blogs and Facebook but once I got into it, loved it.
My old url has been co-opted and turned into a outlet for the porn industry. Sad. Had I known I would have kept you.