Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib notched another historic first on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first Muslim woman to preside over the House floor…CNN
Her turn on Wednesday leading the proceedings of the House of Representatives came months after she, along with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, became the first Muslim women to join the US Congress.
Last month, Layla Shweikani’s parents received the news they had been dreading for two years. Their daughter, a 26-year-old Chicago native, had died in Syria.
Shweikani travelled to the country in September 2015 to help people affected by the war raging there, but was arrested by Syrian authorities just six months after her arrival and charged with terrorism offences….MORE:.independent.co.uk
Twenty-four-year-old Farah Alhajeh was applying for an employment as an interpreter when she declined to shake the hand of a male interviewer for religious reasons & she was fined $4350…. .bbc.
Tlaib rose to victory in a tight and crowded race, claiming 33.2 percent of the vote and beating Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who garnered 29.2 percent of the vote, according to the New York Times.
Tlaib will replace John Conyers Jr., who had represented the district since 1965 until his retirement last year following allegations of sexual harassment.
Since there are no Republican candidates contesting the seat, Tlaib is expected to enter Congress unopposed after a special election to take place on November 6, 2018, when she will be formally named as Conyer’s successor…..more: www.newsweek.