12 on Tuesday: Caliph 


May 23, 2017

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.

May 27, 2017

Some community members are calling for the district attorney to drop all charges against a Madison East High student following a fight in the lunchroom.

Outrage After Madison East High student faces tentative charges from lunchroom fight

Local Activist 'Unpacks,' Promotes Discussion of White Supremacy

March 3, 2018

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 15, 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's Story

October 5, 2016

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. 

Madison Community Leaders Travel to Milwaukee

August 15, 2020

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. 

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.

Community Leaders to Youth: 'Get Home Safely'

July 8, 2020

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. 

Two Journeys, One Cause: Cross Cultural Healing

March 31, 2016

Capital City Hues delves deeper into Caliph Maub'El's life and accomplishments. They discuss his various non profit organizations, including Breaking Barriers. 

Community Leaders to Youth: 'Get Home Safely'

April 24, 2016

The Capital Times sits down with Caliph Muab'El and conducts a question and answer session about his past and involvement with Breaking Barriers. 

Out of Prison, into the light

February 13, 2014

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. 



Breaking Barriers

PO Box 259173

Madison WI 53725

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