Dearborn en "Take on Hate" campaign targets anti-Arab prejudice in Detroit <p>Earlier this month there was the annual anti-Islam rally in Dearborn (although more cops than actual protestors showed up.)&nbsp;</p><p>A few days before that, police investigated the burning of several Qurans outside a local Mosque.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And in February, an Arab-American man won more than $1 million dollars in a lawsuit over the religious and racial harassment he said he suffered at work.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Wells 18096 at "Take on Hate" campaign targets anti-Arab prejudice in Detroit Lawsuit accuses Dearborn Police of assaulting mentally handicapped man <p></p><p>A mentally handicapped Dearborn man plans to sue the city for alleged police brutality.</p><p>28-year-old Ali Beydoun was stopped by police while riding his bike home from his job as a dishwasher in December.</p><p>A dashcam video shows that an officer approaches him, and asks a few questions.</p><p>But when the officer tries to pat him down for weapons, Beydoun resists. He’s then wrestled to the ground and kicked by officers.</p><p>Beydoun’s lawyers say that same video shows officers used excessive force.</p><p></p><p>Attorney Amir Makled says it also should have been obvious to officers that his client is mentally disabled.</p><p>Makled says the situation was complicated by the fact that Beydoun only speaks limited English. His family emigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon six years ago. Thu, 08 May 2014 23:50:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17539 at Lawsuit accuses Dearborn Police of assaulting mentally handicapped man Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again <p>The festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to higher liability insurance costs for festival organizers.</p><p>The three-day festival in Dearborn celebrated Arab culture and was one the largest gatherings of Arab Americans in the U.S., but it also attracted anti-Islamic protestors and Christian missionaries from around the country.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the&nbsp;<a href="">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Tensions at the festival broke out in 2010 when a group of Christian missionaries arrived with video cameras to record their attempts to debate Muslims. Some were arrested for disturbing the peace, though later acquitted of most charges. Their arrests drew outrage from conservatives across the U.S.</p><p>Another Christian group filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the missionaries were restricted in where they could distribute their literature. In 2012, a separate&nbsp;<a alt="" href="" target="_blank" title="">group of Christians brought a pig’s head mounted on a pole&nbsp;</a>with anti-Islam signs, resulting in some youth hurling bottles at them.</p></blockquote><p>Warikoo reports that Dearborn was forced to pay $300,000 to the Christian missionaries arrested in 2010.</p><p>The Arab-American Chamber of Commerce says they’re still looking for ways to move forward with the festival.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:52:10 +0000 Mark Brush 17417 at Arab American festival in Dearborn canceled once again Laughing matters at Arab-American comedy festival in Dearborn <p>A new festival will feature comedians from Arab-American and other minority backgrounds.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival</a> happens September 27 and 28 at the <a href="">Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.</a></p><p><a href="">Amer Zahr </a>is the festival&#39;s producer and he&#39;ll also be performing a few sets.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 14502 at Dearborn has a non-profit Panera Bread <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the community cafes in Michigan is called "</span>Panera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Cares." It's a non-profit </span>Panera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bread location in Dearborn that uses the pay-what-you-can model.</span></p><p>Kate Antonacci is the Director of Societal Impact Initiatives for Panera. She joined us from corporate headquarters in Boston.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:24:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 14136 at Dearborn has a non-profit Panera Bread Dearborn puts limits on what a garage can be <p>There's been a new development in the debate over garages in Dearborn.</p><p><a href="">You may recall</a> some residents in Dearborn have been using their garages as gathering spaces, some equipped with sliding glass doors, couches, refrigerators, water pipes, and TVs. This has been especially popular with Dearborn's large Arab community.</p><p>This week, the Dearborn Planning Commission approved changes in rules governing the way Dearbornites may use their garages, and there are those in the Arab community who feel these rule changes are a direct slap at them.</p><p>Jeff Karoub has been covering this debate for the Associated Press and he joined us today from Detroit.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:02:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 14005 at Dearborn puts limits on what a garage can be Stateside for Thursday, August 15th, 2013 <p>Billions and billions of federal dollars, hundreds of different policies, all rest in the U.S. Farm Bill. With very little bipartisanship in Washington these days, it's not too surprising that it's taken so long for Congress to make a deal on the legislation. But, time is running out. Why can’t the 2013 Farm Bill just get done and what does it means for the Michigan and U.S. economies?</p><p>And, we took a temperature-check. Just how do local officials think the state Legislature is doing?</p><p>Also, the Dearborn Planning Commission approved changes in rules governing the way residents may use their garages, but some people in the Arab community feel the changes are a direct slap at them.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here's been an apology from Detroit's emergency manager for those now-infamous comments made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. That's where Kevyn Orr described Detroit in these words: "For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich."</span></p><p>Orr offered up a mea culpa in an interview with WXYZ-TV.</p><p>What effect will those words and the apology have on Orr's ability to work with Detroit leaders and citizens?</p><p><em>Detroit News</em> business columnist Daniel Howes joined us today.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:00:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14008 at Stateside for Thursday, August 15th, 2013 Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week <p>Communities across Michigan will be marking National Night Out this week.</p><p></p><p>National Night Out is intended to encourage people to get out of their homes and meet their neighbors.</p><p></p><p>Flint is holding a community party downtown today.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint community leaders hope this week’s National Night Out will help them battle the city’s crime problem.&nbsp;&nbsp; Flint has recorded three dozen homicides this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 20:35:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13840 at Michigan communities marking National Night Out this week Henry Ford at 150 <p>Ford Motor Company celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford this week.</p><p></p><p>Bill Ford, Jr. is Henry Ford's great-grandson, and Executive Chairman of the company</p><p></p><p>Ford says the founder would have been pleased that his company is still a family business, 150 years later.</p><p></p><p>“I know Henry Ford would have been incredibly proud of the way his grandchildren led the company through the most difficult times,” says Ford</p><p></p><p>Ford Motor Company took out a $24 billion loan in 2006, using its trademark blue oval as part of the collateral.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:11:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13724 at Henry Ford at 150 Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should homeowners be allowed to do pretty much whatever they want with their garages, as long as it doesn't bother neighbors?</span></p><p>That's the essence of a growing debate in Dearborn, where a desire by some residents, largely Arab-Americans, to use their garages as living space is being met with resistance at City Hall and the prospect of tighter garage ordinances.</p><p>Jeff Karoub is with the Associated Press, covering issues pertinent to the Arab-Muslim community, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:46:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13440 at Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials Stateside for Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 <p>Should garages be able to be turned into living spaces? It's happening in Dearborn and a possible clampdown in city ordinances is causing concern.</p><p>Plus, how much land should we preserve for our kids and grandkids? We took a look at one group that's successfully saving northern Michigan's natural treasures.</p><p>And, we spoke with a former Marine sniper-scout who's now a student at Michigan State University. He’s made a film to honor his fallen comrades.</p><p>Also, Pat Kelly, the granddaughter of the longest-serving lighthouse keeper on South Manitou Island, joined us to talk about the special lighthouse tour happening tomorrow.</p><p>First on the show, there has been a firestorm of protest in Highland Park after the discovery that a collection of history books, film and tapes from the city's high school was tossed in the trash.</p><p>Some 50 protestors gathered outside the high school in Highland Park, a member of the school board quit, and several people climbed into dumpsters to retrieve what they could.</p><p>The protests focused not only on the discarded books but on the way Highland Park School District's emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon is running things.</p><p>We started by turning to one of those people who searched through the dumpsters to retrieve as many books as possible. He is a Highland Park resident and an historian who helped build the collection of black history books, videos and movies.</p><p>Paul Lee joined us today from Highland Park.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:43:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13448 at Stateside for Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 No more halal 'Chicken McNuggets' in Dearborn <p>According to Islamic law, food must be prepared within the criteria of “halal.” Primarily, this refers to the way that meat is killed and prepared. &nbsp;</p><p>There were only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that offered halal products and both were in east Dearborn.</p><p>But the two branches were accused in 2011 of selling non-halal products that were advertised as halal and a lawsuit ensued.</p><p>The case was settled this past April.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:41:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13207 at No more halal 'Chicken McNuggets' in Dearborn Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy <p>The site of the annual Arab International Festival in Dearborn is moving and admission could be charged.</p><p>Niraj Warikoo reports for the <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a> that tensions in recent years involving Christian missionaries has led to the change of venue.</p><blockquote><p>Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly said Friday that the city plans to shift the festival — the biggest annual outdoor gathering of Arab Americans in the U.S. — from Warren Avenue to Ford Woods Park, near the corner of Ford and Greenfield roads. One of the reasons for the move is liability concerns; the city has been hit with lawsuits from some Christian missionaries alleging their free speech rights were curtailed at the festival.</p></blockquote><p>The 18-year-old festival is held each June by the American Arab Chamber of Commerce.</p><p>Last year, some Christian missionaries from California picketed at the festival with anti-Islam signs. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:36 +0000 Mark Brush 12316 at Site of Arab International Festival moving after controversy The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is asking police departments in Michigan for information about their use of military-style weapons and tactics.</p><p></p><p>The ACLU sent public records requests this week to police departments in Detroit, Flint and Dearborn, as well as the Michigan State Police. &nbsp;&nbsp;Similar requests were sent to cities in 22 other states.</p><p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:56:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 11557 at The ACLU wants to know what some Michigan law enforcement agencies are doing with military equipment Michigan cities continue to lose population <p>Michigan cities continue to see their populations shrink.Where&rsquo;s everyone going?&nbsp; Texas, it seems.</p><p>The <a href="">U.S. Census</a> is out with new numbers today that show population shifts in the nation&rsquo;s 715 largest cities. And the data is not good for Michigan.</p><p>Seven Michigan cities ranked at the bottom of the list of the nation&rsquo;s cities with more than 50,000 residents.</p><p>According to the report, Dearborn, Detroit, Livonia, Westland and Taylor all saw their populations drop 1 percent from 2010 to 2011.</p><p>Flint, Battle Creek and Saginaw also posted sharp population declines.</p><p>These latest population losses come after Michigan posted a slight population decline between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, Texas had eight of the top 15 fastest-growing cities during the past year, according to the U.S. Census.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:26:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 8068 at Michigan cities continue to lose population Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia <p>Dearborn will host <a href="">two very different conferences</a> about modern Islam on Sunday.</p><p>The group &ldquo;Stop the Islamization of America&rdquo; is sponsoring the &ldquo;Jessica Mokdad Human Rights Conference.&rdquo;</p><p>Mokdad is <a href=";-stepfather-charged-with-murder">a young woman who was murdered by her stepfather</a> in Warren last year.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:43:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7239 at Dearborn conferences to address honor killings, Islamophobia TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season <p>The groundbreaking reality show &quot;<a href="">All-American Muslim</a>&quot; has been canceled.</p><p>The show, which followed five Muslims families in Dearborn, will not be picked up for a second season, a TLC executive confirmed.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m certainly sad to hear the show wasn&rsquo;t being renewed,&quot; says Suehalia Amen, <a href="">one of the women featured</a> on the reality show.</p><p>She says &quot;All-American Muslim&quot; sought to humanize Muslims in a way mainstream media hadn&rsquo;t done before&hellip;and it made viewers look at Muslims and Arab-Americans in a new light:</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s been an eye-opening experience,&quot; explains Amen. &quot;To have people tell you &#39;I hated Muslims, and after your show I&rsquo;m able to understand your community and have a new-found respect.&#39;&quot;</p><p>The show&rsquo;s creator, Mike Mosallam, agrees. He says the show&#39;s ratings dropped throughout the season, but he says that doesn&rsquo;t mean the show didn&rsquo;t succeed on a cultural level in terms of &quot;what it taught people and what it dispelled in terms of people&rsquo;s perceptions. I mean those are things that no ratings will ever be able to show.&quot; Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:44:50 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6559 at TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season Museum records Arab American stories <p><a href="">The Arab American National Museum</a> wants to become more than &ldquo;a building filled with stuff.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s recording the stories of everyday people as part of an on-going project.</p><p>The museum just released <a href="">three interviews</a> it did in conjunction with Storycorps, about profiling and stereotyping after 9-11. The interviews are posted on the website <a href=""></a>. But the museum regularly posts other recordings and podcasts on i-tunes &amp; <a href="">YouTube</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Matthew Stiffler is a researcher at the museum.&nbsp; He says one way to counter Islamaphobia is when people who don&rsquo;t know Arab Americans or Muslim Americans listen to these recordings. &ldquo;Listening to stories and having these personal connections is the best way to overcome this sort of bias and bigotry that is rampant right now.&rdquo;</p><p>This summer the museum plans to record Arab American kids talking about how the Arab Spring has affected their lives and their ideas about democracy. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 18:38:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 6490 at Museum records Arab American stories City of Dearborn, Michigan pays $100,000 in lawsuit by evangelists <p>DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The city of Dearborn has paid $100,000 in legal fees to attorneys for a Christian evangelist whose free-speech rights were violated at a popular Arab-American street festival.</p><p>Dearborn has a large Muslim population and one of the nation&#39;s biggest concentrations of people with roots in the Arab world. <em>(Photo above of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the U.S. by Flickr user ruffin_ready.)</em></p><p>City police in 2010 barred George Saieg and his allies from freely walking sidewalks with literature to convert Muslims to Christianity. Chief Ron Haddad says he was just controlling foot traffic, but a federal appeals court says the city violated the First Amendment.</p><p>The court says allowing the evangelists on the festival&#39;s perimeter wasn&#39;t good enough.</p><p>As the prevailing party, Saieg was entitled to legal fees and other costs from Dearborn. His lawyers say the money was paid last week. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:20:49 +0000 The Associated Press 6445 at City of Dearborn, Michigan pays $100,000 in lawsuit by evangelists Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's <p>A network of Arab-American nonprofits say they will no longer accept donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>The home improvement chain has gotten <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CEQQFjAD&amp;;ei=bqzqTuDXBcO3tweh1ansCQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF-V9OuEarAHSQcNDKQ_E4U_Th-wg">tons </a><a href="">of </a><a href="">media</a> <a href="">attention </a>since it pulled its ads from TLC&#39;s All-American Muslim, saying the show was a <a href="">&quot;lightning rod&quot; </a>for controversy. The retailer was also the recipient of the conservative Florida Family Association&#39;s campaign to get the ads pulled.</p><p>Now 22 Arab-American nonprofits have refused to accept any future donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>Hassan Jaber is with <a href="">ACCESS</a>, a nonprofit based in Dearborn. He says for the past five years the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park donated shovels, paint, tools, and all other kinds of supplies to ACCESS. The items went to support the nonprofit&#39;s home renovation program in some of Detroit&rsquo;s poorest neighborhoods.</p><p>&quot;Together we gave hope to the community,&quot; says Jaber. But he goes on to say that the decision by Lowe&#39;s at the corporate level is &quot;a complete contradiction of their local mission here.&quot;</p><p>Jaber says they will no longer accept those supplies. He adds they considered the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park a &quot;friend and partner,&quot; but he says ACCESS &quot;made it clear that we stand by our principal.&quot; Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:33:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5425 at Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's