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We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour

We Are Not Here to be Bystanders is a biography written by Linda Sarsour. It details her life growing up in Brooklyn, New York, as a child of Palestinian immigrants to her adult life of activism as a feminist and in the Muslim community.

Linda’s life is lived with so much love. She learns about feminism from her father and how important it is to meet people where they are and sometimes give them second chances. As she grows up and starts working in the Muslim community, she is able to see on a much larger scale how people are being discriminated against and transform that into intersectional activism for her community and beyond. One of the biggest ways she does this is to co-organize the Women’s March.

The biggest takeaway I have from this book is that the world needs each of us, just as we are, to participate in our communities and support each other. As difficult as sitting at home is right now, that is what we are being asked to do during this pandemic. Stay home to support the doctors and nurses on the front lines of this crisis where thousands of people are dying every day. Stay home to stop the spread of the virus to the elderly, the chronically ill, others with high risk factors. Stay home. Just stay home.

I would like to add something else to this call to ‘stay home’. Now is the time to be actively supporting our community – contact your local, state and federal elected officials and express your concerns! Ask your representatives for things that will help you, your family and friends get back on their feet once we are all allowed to stop staying home. Just as we have seen over and over again in this crisis that our communities need ALL of us to function, our communities need all of us to participate in rebuilding our future together.

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