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We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

by Sarsour, Linda, 1980-

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Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women's March, shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, nineteen-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. She saw in the mirror the woman she was growing to be--a young Muslim American woman unapologetic in her faith and her activism, who would discover her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11. Now heralded for her award-winning leadership of the Women's March on Washington, in We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders Linda Sarsour offers a poignant story of community and family.

From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned, where Linda learned the real meaning of intersectionality, to protests in the streets of Washington, DC, Linda's experience as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find one's voice and use it for the good of others. We follow Linda as she learns the tenets of successful community organizing, and through decades of fighting for racial, economic, gender, and social justice as she becomes one of the most recognized activists in the nation. We also see her honoring her grandmother's dying wish, protecting her children, building resilient friendships, and mentoring others even as she loses her first mentor in a tragic accident. Throughout, she inspires readers to take action as she reaffirms that we are not here to be bystanders.

In his foreword to the book, Harry Belafonte writes of Linda, "While we may not have made it to the Promised Land, my peers and I, my brothers and sisters in liberation can rest easy that the future is in the hands of leaders like Linda Sarsour. I have often said to Linda that she embodies the principle and purpose of another great Muslim leader, brother Malcolm X."

This is her story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this unforgettable memoir, Women's March co-organizer Sarsour paints a vivid portrait of her life as an activist. Born to Palestinian parents and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Sarsour grew up proud of her roots as a Palestinian American, a Muslim woman, and a New Yorker. She married soon after high school, gave birth to her children, and began working at the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY). The events of 9/11 altered her understanding of Muslim pride, but only propelled her deeper into the fight for justice. The tragic loss of her mentor was the truest test of Sarsour's commitment to social change. Early in her grief, she was named executive director of the AAANY, at just 25 years old. She vowed to carry her mentor's legacy far into the future. Sarsour has since organized with members of the Black Lives Matter movement, cofounded the Justice League of NYC, and co-organized the Women's March on Washington, the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. An incredible, galvanizing story of the power of participation.--Courtney Eathorne Copyright 2020 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Civil rights activist Sarsour, cochair of the Women's March on Washington, seeks to "shatter every stereotype... of Muslim women" in this tough, score-settling narrative. A Palestinian-American girl who gets "a secret thrill" in saying "I'm from Brooklyn. Don't mess with Brooklyn," she weds at 17 in an arranged marriage. Pregnant at 19, she starts wearing a hijab, "a visible sign" of "exactly what I was, unapologetically Muslim." Two years later, on September 11, despite warnings that a hijab is "too dangerous," she continues to wear hers "to represent the good in Islam, to act in opposition to the evil." She joins the Arab American Association of New York and fights against the Muslim registry as well as government surveillance of Muslims. Her activist involvement in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases and the Black Lives Matter movement elevates her profile, and was asked to help organize the 2017 Women's March, slated to occur the day after Trump's inauguration. In addressing post-event accusations "of anti-Semitism, religious fundamentalism (because I wore a hijab)" that were "driven by white women who claimed that we had hijacked their movement," the tone becomes bitter. Ultimately, Sarsour's passionate memoir powerfully captures a unifying moment of social protest. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sarsour, Linda, -- 1980-
Palestinian Americans -- Biography.
Muslim women -- United States -- Biography.
Civil rights workers -- United States -- Biography.
Women political activists -- United States -- Biography.
Feminists -- United States -- Biography.
Children of immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First 37Ink/Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-253).
ISBN 9781982105167
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