Chicago native and longtime Madisonian Caliph Amiri Muab-El has many irons in the fire, always with an eye toward justice and improving the lives of young people of color: he’s executive director of Breaking Barriers Mentoring, program director of Brothers Aligned Coalition, a member of the African American Leadership Commission for Mass Incarceration, CEO of Forever We Shine Records, and cofounder and program director of the Focused Interruption Coalition, which is focused on responding to and reducing gun violence.
Local Activist 'Unpacks,' Promotes Discussion of White Supremacy
March 03, 2017
The term “race” has inspired a variety of discussions campus, state and nation-wide. Motivational speaker, community activist and minister Caliph Muab-El led one such conversation regarding white supremacy at the Red Gym Thursday.
Black Power 2016: The 44 most influential African-Americans in Wisconsin, part 5
December 16, 2016
Martin Lakes, Jackie Morris, Aaron Hicks, Jerome Dillard, Anthony Cooper, Minister Caliph Muab’El and others formed the Focused Interruption Coalition to interrupt patterns of violence in Madison, especially among African American men.
Caliph left prison in 2011 with a certificate in paralegal studies, a pastoral license, a theologian degree and an ijazat for sufism as an Imam. The real world felt surreal, and Caliph wasn’t sure how to use his talents. But he had a clear goal: help others who have suffered like him work towards a better future.
Caliph Muab'El Discusses Peace Efforts In Milwaukee
September 19, 2016
Minister Caliph Muab'El is the executive director of Breaking Barriers Mentoring. He led over 100 Sherman Park area teens to go door-to-door in Milwaukee earlier this week to peer advise on the subject of peace and civil unrest. He is also the executive director of Voices Beyond Bars, an agency that advocates for former convicts.
The Cap Times covers mobilization of several hundred community members to Milwaukee after unrest from police shootings. Caliph Muab'El and other community leaders lead and encouraged Milwaukee residents to stay safe and support the victim's family.
As tensions flare after more police shootings around the nation, Breaking Barriers and The Boys and Girls Club hold an informational session. The main message to the youth present was to get home safely.
On a cold Wednesday afternoon in January, Caliph Muab-el sits on a stage at the Wisconsin Resource Center next to male inmates in green prison garb. Each is here to describe his path to prison as part of a healing process.