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Welcome to WiseUp TX! 

WiseUp TX was created to inform people about the major policy issues that are being discussed in both the national and Texas political realms. We initially started doing a radio show on Radio Azad and it eventually evolved into a weekly podcast accompanied with our blog! Don't worry our weekly segment on Radio Azad still exists, it's on every Monday at 10:30 AM!

While our focus is on the South Asian American community we recognize the Arab American, Iranian American, Central Asian American and SouthEast Asian (island) Americans share many of the same values and ideals.  We hope to reach out to these groups as well due to our similar backgrounds.  Moreover, we firmly believe if we all work together we have a better chance to achieve policies that reflect our similar values.  

From my personal experiences while working both in D.C. and the Texas legislature, I realized most government officials/people know very little about our culture or the religions from those areas. The best way to change this is to become more knowledgable about politics and get involved in the political process. WiseUp gives you the opportunity to learn about politics in various ways whether through reading articles (The Daily Dose), Videos ( WiseUp Wisdoms), Podcasts/Blogposts (Blog) or learning about your candidates up for election (Voter Info). WiseUp TX also hosts guest blog posts (The Owlery) in an effort to offer its followers new perspectives and different viewpoints on certain issues. 

Now perhaps some of you came across this blog and are curious as to who the South Asian American, Arab American, Iranian American, Central Asian American and SouthEast Asian (islands) Americans communities are.

Welcome and we are excited you want to know more about us!

We hope you realize the Muslim American community is incredibly multi-cultural, consisting of people from the middle east, Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Iran, Central Asia, South America, mainland Asia and Europeans.  The Hindu and Sikh communities primarily hail from the South Asian region. Regardless of our religious and cultural differences we are repeatedly  placed in one category. No. We are an incredibly diverse group of people whether ethnically or religiously and most importantly we are very proud americans. 

  • The South Asian American community consists of people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal.
    • Primary religions are Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism. 
  • The Arab American Community consists of people from the Middle East and Northern Africa.
    • Primary religions are Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
  • The Iranian American community consists of people from Iran.
    • Primary religions are Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Bahai and Zoroastrian.
  • The Central Asian American community consists of people from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
    • Primary religions are Islam and Zoroastrian.
  • The SouthEast Asian (islands) American community consists of people from Indonesia and Malaysia.
    • Primary religions are Islam and Buddhism.  

Now that you know a little bit more about us we hope as you peruse through our site you will gain a better understanding of our political viewpoints. Our blog intends to be non-partisan, although sometimes our founder likes to voice her opinion on certain issues. There are certain policies we firmly champion and they are:

  • Objectiveness- regardless of political parties it is unfair to malign an entire party based off of a few politicians. We are well aware there are good and bad politicians in both parties BUT we have no issue to hold any politician accountable for bad policies. 
  • Inclusivity- We are not here to determine who is or isn't a practicing Muslim, Hindu or Sikh or what sect you are. We are here to support our community. 
  • Equality- whether it is for equal pay for women, lgbtq rights or black lives matter. We stand firm for these rights.
  • Combatting Islamaphobia- Islamaphobia has detrimentally affected not only the Muslim community but also the Hindu and Sikh communities.  Furthermore, many of our Christian Arab and South Asian friends have also been targeted due to their skin color. 
  • Civil rights- We are opposed to any form of discrimination and firmly believe in supporting religious liberty, voting rights, criminal justice reform and human rights. 

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