Life in a Muslim Majority City in the U.S.A

Hamtramick, a city in Michigan, USA. When you walk in the center of this place, you feel as if you are traveling the world. It is lined with shops selling Polish sausages, Eastern European bakeries, Yemeni department stores and Bengali cloth shops. Church bells are ringing over the city and the time of Islamic prayer is broadcast. In Hamtramik, 30 languages are said to be spoken over an area of 5 square kilometers. For this he was nicknamed “the world of two square miles.” But recently, a historic event took place with a hamtram with a population of 28 thousand people. 100% of Muslims were elected mayor, and city councilors were elected by voting. As a result, Hamtramik became the first site in the United States to be attended by American Muslims. There was a time when Muslims were discriminated against here too. However, now Muslims make up more than half of the city’s population and have become an integral part of it.
Of course, there are economic hardships and fierce cultural debates. However, the inhabitants of Hamtramik, belonging to different religious and cultural backgrounds, coexist relatively harmoniously. As a result, the site is gaining attention as a future example of America’s expanded diversity. So, is Hamtramik an exceptional case? Or is it a sample of time? Hamtramik was previously a city of German settlers. Today it is the United States’ first Muslim-majority city. Traces of this change are visible throughout the streets. Signs in Arabic and Bengali in store windows, colorful embroidered Bangladeshi costumes, Yemen-specific daggers, Jambia and Muslim residents line up to buy pachiki, Polish custard donuts.

“(Hamtramik) is a place where you can easily see people with tattoos in miniskirts and people in burqas on one street,” said Zlatan Sadikovic, a Bosnian immigrant who owns a cafe in Hamtramik. It once belonged to the heart of the American auto industry. There was a General Motors plant, and the first Cadillac “El Dorado” was also produced by Hamtramic in the 1980s. In the second half of the 20th century Polish immigrants flocked to Hamtramik to find work. In the 1970s, 90% of the city was Polish, nicknamed “Little Warsaw”. In 1987 Pope John Paul II paid a visited the United States. Since then, however, the US auto industry has entered a recession. Once the young and able-bodied Poles fled to the suburbs, Hamtramik had become one of the poorest cities in Michigan. However, other poor immigrants flocked to the area due to the low cost of housing. Over the past three decades, Hamtramik has once again become a settlement for migrants from Arab and Asian countries, especially from Yemen and Bangladesh. Today about 42% of the population hails from other countries and it is estimated that more than half of them to be Muslim. The newly formed municipality clearly shows the changed proportion of Hamtramik’s population. As soon as session begins it is recorded that one Polish American, two Bengali Americans and three Yemeni Americans will enter parliament.
And Amer Ghalib, with 68% of the vote, is about to become the first American Yemeni mayor in the United States. “I feel proud and honored but I also feel a lot of responsibility,” he said. Ghalib, 41, was born in Yemen. He moved to the United States at the age of 17 and worked at an auto parts plant near Hamtramik. After that, he studied English, studied to receive a medical degree and now works as a doctor. City council-elect Amanda Zatskoski, 29, said the Hamtramik is more of a “seven-layer cake” than a “melting pot” or “salad bowl.” This does not mean that different groups mix to create one color, but that they coexist closely while maintaining their own culture. “Residents of Hamtramik are proud of their heritage and culture. If these cultures are mixed together, they lose their uniqueness. Living next to each other means accepting differences. ” Current mayor Karen Majewski, who is about to retire after 15 years as mayor, said Hamtramik “was not Disneyland.” “It’s just a small town where people live. There are also conflicts. ” In fact, in 2004, controversy arose over a vote to circulate ads for Islamic prayers in public places. There is also opinion that the banning of pubs near mosques is hurting the local economy. Six years ago, when Hamtramik formed America’s first Muslim-majority city council, media coverage began to cover it. At the time, some described it as “a place of increased tension” due to the influx of Muslims. The presenter of the state TV company even asked if Mayor Mayevsky was afraid to take over as mayor in such an environment. Some have even put forward the prospect that the Muslim-majority city council will introduce Islamic Sharia. “Residents of Hamtramik are offended by this talk,” Mayor Majewski said.
“It’s natural for newcomers to vote for a candidate who understands their experience and language,” he said. Religious information is not collected by the US Census however, the Pew Research Center has calculated that there is estimated to be around 3.85 million Muslims in the United States as of 2020 (1.1% of the total population). It has been predicted that by 2040 Islam will become the second largest religious group in the US after Christianity. Despite the growing population, Muslims in the United States often suffer from prejudice. Islamophobia (discrimination or hatred of Islam) still persecutes Muslims and other Arab Americans twenty years after the 9/11 attacks. When then President Donald Trump proposed to ban immigration from Muslim-majority countries in 2016, about half of Muslim American adults were discriminated against, according to the Pew Research Center. Of all religious groups, some studies show that Islam is the most negatively perceived by the American public.

The survey results indicated that more than half of Americans do not know a Muslim personally or in the workspace. Those who do not know Muslims are more likely to believe that Islam encourages violence than other religions. Hamtramik has a living example of how human experience can dispel Islamophobia. Shahab Ahmed is the main character. He ran for city council immediately after 9/11. However, his march was difficult. Ahmed, a Bengali American stated “There were flyers all over the city saying I was the 20th hijacker”. After losing the 2001 elections, Akhmed went to the villagers one by one, knocked on the door and introduced himself. Two years later, he became the first Muslim government official in Hamtramik. Since then, local support for the city’s Muslim community has also increased. Residents began to protest after the Trump administration imposed the travel ban restriction in 2017. Director of the documentary Hamtramik America stated “People can join the protests and unite because everyone knows that in order to live in Hamtramik, you have to respect others.”

Even at the national level, Muslim Americans are more prominent politically. The first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison was elected in 2007. There are currently four Muslim Senators in the US Congress. Muslim residents gathered in front of a polling station to greet each other, or many bragged about “I voted” stickers made to commemorate this month’s elections. Zatzkoski said the immigrants were thrilled about their participation in democracy. “It’s very American to bring people together.” But, as elsewhere, there is a fierce cultural debate in this city. A group of residents were outraged after city officials approved flags for a gay pride parade in front of the mayor’s office in June. Outraged residents of the city forcibly removed flags, including a flag hung from a vintage clothing store owned by the Mayevsky market. “This has consequences that cannot be ignored,” Majewski said. There are also voices of concern over the declining political participation of women in the conservative Muslim community.

On election night, Galip celebrated barbecue and baklava with Yemeni Americans. There were about 100 supporters at the time, all men. “Women also joined the campaign, but gender discrimination still exists,” Gallip said. Rustbelt-specific problems with outdated infrastructure and limited economic opportunities are also a problem for Hamtramic. Last summer, the rain paralyzed the sewers and flooded many houses. A sample of drinking water sources showed high levels of lead, and half of the city’s residents were below the poverty line. But even these are just some of the issues that the new government needs to urgently address. “Democracy in Muslim-majority cities is as chaotic and complex as anywhere else,” said Jafri, who directed the documentary. “So we need to stop looking at it as a novelty and do what politicians should be doing.”

Los Angeles, California Prepares for Highly Anticipated Auto Show

The Los Angeles Convention Center will be holding the 2021 Auto Show from 19 – 28 November 2021. Specifically, this year’s auto show is being held again two years after the show was canceled last year due to the corona pandemic. This year’s event will feature dozens of new vehicles from global automakers including Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis for the global and North American markets. More than 1000 cars are presented at the exhibition. Prior to the public release, automakers will tentatively release new vehicles and new technologies through the Auto Mobility LA event, a press day for the media and the automotive industry on the 17th and 18th, followed by keynote speeches and exchange of views from industry representatives. … Hyundai Motor and Kia also held a press conference on the 17th to unveil the new models. The Los Angeles Auto Show, which began in 1907 and boasts over 100 years of history, is the first major auto show in North America where you can understand the trends and technologies of cars and vehicles that will be on sale next year. Visitors will experience a range of interactive activities and planned demonstrations for all ages, including the use of new vehicles, as well as simulators, test drives, games, modified vehicles, and the latest mobility solutions.

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors, and Genesis representing Korea will open large showrooms this year to welcome visitors. Hyundai Motor, Kia, and Genesis will release a large number of 2021 and 2022 models that will be released next year or will improve the commercial value of existing models. Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on November 19 and 20, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from 9:00 pm to 24:00 pm, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day 25, and from 9:00 am to 26:00 pm and 27 – 22, last day, 28th, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. 19:00. Tickets are available at different times and in different price ranges, including full-day tickets, morning entry, and group tickets. Admittance is free for children under 6 years old who are accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over. The base price is $20 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and over, and $6 for children 6-12. The Los Angeles Auto Show called on people to don a mask and bring a vaccine card in line with the city’s quarantine regulations.

United States Post Office Struggles to Deliver to California Residents Due To COVID-19 Related Setbacks

Los Angeles residents Hancock Park and La Brea struggle to get their mail on time. Unbearable, they have filed complaints with the US House of Representatives and the Federal Postal Service, but the only response was to ask for your understanding as there was a labor shortage due to COVID-19.

According to ABC7 news, residents of Hancock Park and Labrea have complained about inconveniences due to the delay in delivery of mail by the Federal Postal Service since May last year. The number of times a local postman delivers mail to an apartment or house has become irregular – from 2 to 4 times a week. In particular, residents said that since June last year it has been impossible to predict, for example, when the mail will arrive around 21:00, and not in the daytime. One of the residents said, “It took my husband over a month to get his death certificate after he went to heaven.”

The biggest reason for the residents’ complaints was “indifference”. Residents have submitted complaints to the Federal Congressman and to the Postal Service however there has been no response. Another resident said, “Neither the Congressman nor the Postal Service is paying attention to this inconvenience.” The local postal service explained that delivery delays were due to labor shortages and the burden of work due to COVID-19. The postal service explained that the arrival time of mail is different because the mail delivery time system works in a situation where there is a shortage of couriers. On the other hand, the Postal Service stressed that, unlike regular mail, “first class mail” is delivered on time.

United States Infrastructure Bill Subject To Another Delay

The handling of the Department of Social Security’s budget, one of the pillars of the infrastructure budget that President Joe Biden has emphasized since the start of his inauguration, was again delayed on the 5th.

Some opposition from the Republican Party, as well as the Democratic Party, which is her hometown, has already been wasted for months, but it is literally “mountain by mountain” and the remaining issues are still unresolved. On the same day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Party member), announced that Social Security budget processing had been postponed until Thanksgiving (November 25), and that a vote on another component, the infrastructure budget, would be put to a vote on that day.

It had been planned by the original Democratic leadership to deal with both budgets on this day. A compromise was needed when it appeared that the situation was not favorable, but it is unclear whether the will of the leadership will work. President Biden’s budget was lax. Earlier this year, he asked Congress for a $4 trillion infrastructure budget. The physical infrastructure budget was $ 1.7 trillion, and the Department of Welfare’s budget, called “human infrastructure,” was $2.3 trillion.

Next Worldwide Pandemic Could Originate from American Chicken Farms

It is about the size of a laying hen cage on an American industrial farm, where poultry such as chickens are heavily reared. This space, the size of a sheet of A4 paper (0.06 inches), is seen as a hotbed of future epidemics. The Guardian reported on the 18th (local time) that there are warnings that eight types of avian influenza (AI) with high mortality rates are circulating on industrial farms around the world that can infect humans. It was in February that the risk of contracting an infectious disease on farms was discovered. The first instance of human infection with the H5N8 AI virus was registered in Russia. At that time, AI such as H5N8, diagnosed for the first time in two years, swept the world. Russia, which was one of the affected countries, found itself in an emergency due to the large number of infected.

7 people are known to be infected however human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been confirmed. Only recently did the alarm sound the alarm. This time, WHO announced that the rise in avian influenza infections in China is not serious. This year, China has reported 21 cases of H5N6 infection, indicating a high death rate – 6 people have died so far. The WHO announced that “there was no human-to-human transmission,” however the possibility of transmission of the virus human-to-human cannot be ruled out due to the unprecedented rate of infections. These two cases have one thing in common, most of the infected are from industrial enterprises. This is why experts point to farms as a base for future epidemics. Tees Kukken, a pathologist at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, said: “This type of H5N6 shows a high mortality rate.