Megan Sweas

Writer, Editor, Student of Life



UC-Irvine’s Muslim Student Union Battles Injustice

Published by Aslan Media, Inc. in three parts from September 21 to October 2, 2012

Aminah Galal counted 100 audience members at the presentation on Shariah law. It was a good turnout, and most, she noted, weren’t members of University of California – Irvine’s Muslim Student Union (MSU), which hosted the event.

But as Galal, vice president of the MSU, finished counting, the Q&A turned confrontational. Five of the six who asked questions were from a Christian ministry called Truth Defenders, and to them, true Muslims wouldn’t accept the speaker’s flexible interpretation of Shariah. Continue reading “UC-Irvine’s Muslim Student Union Battles Injustice”

Muslims respond to Islamophobia

After listening to a speaker defend Shariah, or Islamic law, as just and merciful last spring, a young Muslim found himself walking out of the auditorium with a member of a Christian group called Truth Defenders.

“Why do you follow the Prophet? He was a womanizer, terrorist,” the man said to Mohannad Abu Alrub, a member of the Muslim Student Union at University of California – Irvine. “That didn’t fly with me,” Alrub told me later. Continue reading “Muslims respond to Islamophobia”

Tibetan refugees fear India’s crackdown on activism

Originally published on RIGHTS blog, March 31, 2012

NEW DELHI — India has hosted the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan followers for 53 years, but new strains between the Tibetan refugees and their hosts became evident this week with the arrest of more than 250 activists ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to New Delhi.

Indian police also placed the entire Tibetan community in Delhi on house arrest, closing down the refugee camp Majnu Ka Tilla following the self-immolation of a 27-year-old Tibetan exile. Continue reading “Tibetan refugees fear India’s crackdown on activism”

L.A. DASH Line Hit With Pro-Palestinian Protest

Published on, November 15, 2011
Live report aired on Annenberg Radio News, November 15, 2011

Palestin Freedom Rider ProtestSupporters of Palestinian rights brought a transnational protest home on the L.A. Metro DASH Tuesday.

About 20 activists boarded buses around 4 p.m. to raise awareness among riders that the company that runs DASH also operates in the Palestinian occupied territories.

“We believe when people…realize that the money they’re paying in taxes to the City of LA is being used to support corporations like this one that is profiting from racism and apartheid in Palestine, that people will raise their voices and tell the city of L.A. that they no longer want that kind of contract to happen,” said Garrick Ruiz, a volunteer with Boycott Divestment Sanctions-LA. …


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