Today I honor Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the Women's March in Washington, who was one of several civil rights activists arrested yesterday for protesting in front of Trump Tower in New York City.
A racial justice and civil rights activist, Palestinian Muslim American, and mother of three, Sarsour shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she is executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPOWER Change.
Listen to Sarsour's inspiring speech at the Women's March on Washington:
Sarsour told the crowd to keep their voices loud for “black women, for native women, for undocumented women, for our LGBTQIA communities, for people with disabilities...You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, keep my head held high, because I am not afraid,” Sarsour said. “Sisters and brothers, fear is a choice.”
As you can imagine, the right wing HATES her. I discovered this through a simple Google search. Breitbart and the like were celebrating her arrest yesterday. After the women's march, she was viciously attacked online by Islamophobes and misogynists, who claimed she supported ISIS and Hamas. Does this look like someone who supports ISIS?
We should all be so brave to stand up to hate and injustice like Sarsour.
Read more of my "I Was a Stranger" entries here.