Pink Hijab Day
Today Muslim women are wearing pink scarves to signal their support for research on breast cancer prevention and treatment. If you don't wear a scarf, try a pink shirt, a pink armband, a pink gellie bracelet, pink sneakers...
If nothing else, go to the breast cancer site and click to help fund mammograms for women who can't afford it otherwise.http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2
They are having a challenge for the month of October to get to enough clicks to equal 500 mammograms. Then their premiere sponsor will give an extra 150 tests. They are 99% to goal. Let your click be the one that puts them over the top.
Islamic Fiction Website
A new website devoted to Islamic Fiction has opened.
It's got a lot of resources for readers, writers, and publishers. Definitely worth a read through.
May you have a joyous Eid, whichever day you celebrate on. (And even if you don't celebrate it, may you feel the joy of the Muslims around you radiating into your life!)
I wanted to share an Eid song written and sung by my friend and co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values, Ani Zonneveld.
It's beautiful. I hope you enjoy it!Ani's Eid Song
Why am I not surprised that President Bush vetoed the healthcare bill that would have maintained insurance for thousands and thousands of American children who otherwise won't have it?
We used to pay for private healthcare. It was terribly expensive and ate up nearly a huge chunk our income. We spent more each month on insurance premiums than we did on food or house payments. In fact, we spent more on health insurance each month than we did on any other single budget item. And that doesn't count deductibles or services that were not eligible.
I've got friends who work hard, make a decent living, and can't afford health insurance. They may or may not have qualified for the program President Bush offered. But I know they live in fear of their children getting in a serious accident or developing a major illness.
Healthcare expenses in this country have resulted in a situation where wealthy people can have extraordinary and/or optional procedures that cost huge amounts of money, while others are reduced to using emergency only care.
Bush has always had a blind spot when it comes to the realities of living life as a middle income American. (Among his many blind spots, let me say.) This is one of the big problems of the Republican party in general. They are willing to spend billions of dollars a day bombing Iraq for our corporations, but can't finance a far smaller expenditure that would help your average American have a decent life, free from anxiety and stress. Compassion is clearly a value many of our politicians need to learn.