Amani Al-Khatahtbeh: First Muslim Woman to Run for Congress in New Jersey

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of MuslimGirl.com, is running for Congress!

Her announcement on Saturday makes her the first Muslim woman to run for federal office in the history of the state.

She is challenging Rep. Frank Pallone, a 16-term incumbent and chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

The campaign will launch a digital “Campaign Quaran-Tour” live-stream schedule with issue-based local and national organizations.

In her campaign, she will focus on progressive values such as the Green New Deal, Medicare For All, student debt forgiveness, and more.

“This moment is a stark reminder that we can no longer wait for incremental change. Our leadership can and must put the health and well-being of working families and the most vulnerable among us front and center,” Al-Khatahtbeh said via a statement provided to ELLE.com. “I’m proud to represent a coalition of underrepresented communities in what’s nothing less than a historic fight for our lives.”



Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean Grand Niece of JFK Drowns In Rowing Accident

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, the grand niece of President John F. Kennedy and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean have drowned in a rowing accident.

According to authorities, the mother and son were rowing into the rough Chesapeake Bay in Maryland to recover a soccer ball when the accident happened.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean

McKean and her 8-year-old son got into the canoe around 4 p.m. Thursday outside her mother’s home in Shady Side, according to the Washington Post.

Gideon had been kicking a ball with other kids when it fell into the water, and he and his mom went to retrieve it amid high winds, her husband, David McKean, told the paper.

“[They] popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than they could handle, and couldn’t get back in,” he said.

They were later sucked into the South River where they drowned, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Friday.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean

McKean, 40, is the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who she was visiting when the tragedy struck.

DNC Postponed Until August 17th

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) has postponed the presidential convention in Milwaukee to August 17th due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, the party is also looking at scaling back the convention to avoid appearing like it’s throwing a big party as the country is hurting.

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The delay from July 13 came after likely nominee VP Joe Biden publicly called for the convention to be rescheduled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And it followed weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions with party leaders and the two remaining presidential candidates’ campaigns of Biden and Bernie Sanders.


Civil Rights Icon Reverend Joseph Lowery Has Died. He Was 98.

The Reverend Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Friday, according to a statement by the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. He was 98 years old.

We’ve come too far, marched too long, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely and died too young, to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey to justice.”

The statement said Lowery died peacefully at home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters.

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Known affectionately as the “Dean” of the Civil Rights Movement, Lowery was a part of pivotal moments in the nation’s history – from early civil rights struggles to the inauguration of the country’s first black president. Even in his 90s, Lowery’s fervor never dimmed.

Joseph Lowery

Rev. Lowery gave the benediction during the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.

My prayers are with Rev. Lowery’s family and friends.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.- Romans 14:8

Nancy Pelosi Inspiring Quote On Women In Leadership & Winning Elections

Today, March 26th, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi celebrates her 80th birthday

Madame Speaker is what they call her on Capitol Hill. She is the first woman in U.S. history to hold this position, the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history, and is committed to her Catholic faith, her family and the great state of California.

Nancy Pelosi

Since I love a good inspiring quote for women by women, I thought I would share one of my favorites from the Speaker to celebrate her birthday and help to get your day started.

“Women are leaders everywhere you look – from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”

Oh, and she has a word for people who pray to God to win elections.

I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at Mass. My mother always said, ‘We do not pray to win elections. We pray for people’s health, we pray that God’s will be done, we pray that we do our best. But we do not pray to win elections.’

Happy Birthday Speaker Pelosi!

Let Your Light Shine Girl!

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Concerned About Stimulus Bill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has some concerns about the Stimulus Pkg that has already passed the Senate.

During an interview on CNN Wednesday, AOC expressed her frustration with reports of the stimulus deal, suggesting it’s too tilted towards corporations. 

She is not ruling out asking for a recorded vote, which would force lawmakers to return to Washington and vote in-person, something that most members of Congress are eager to avoid amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ocasio-Cortez said she hadn’t seen the final bill text yet, “but I’m open” to asking for a recorded vote “if necessary.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And even though that may be unpopular, that’s a risk she’s willing to take.

“With the health risks of travel, there is no easy choice here. But essential workers are showing up and putting their health at risk every day, and if the final text of a bill is set up to hurt them, it may be something we have to do.”

Let Your Light Shine Girl!