Linda Sarsour: We Can’t Be Bystanders
Linda Sarsour: We Can’t Afford to be Bystanders During Covid-19
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A pandemic is no place to be a bystander, says Muslim American activist Linda Sarsour. In this episode, Laura interviews Sarsour about her recently published memoir We are Not Here to Be Bystanders, which tells her story of growing up in Brooklyn and Palestine and becoming the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and one of the co-chairs of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour describes how Covid-19 is affecting her work, what contact tracing triggers for people who were forced to register as Muslims after 9-11, and what Muslim Americans have learned about being targets, even as so many serve as front-line healthcare providers.
For more on Covid-19, check out our series, Forward Thinking on Covid-19.
“In the weeks after the attacks of 9-11, women who wore niqabs were threatened. Now everyone’s being told to wear a mask.”
In This Episode
Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York