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Book Information

Title: We’re in This Together

Author: Linda Sarsour

Publisher: Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books

Publication Date: November 29th, 2022 

Genres: Middle Grade, Non Fiction

Synopsis

We’re All in This Together Book Cover

You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, and keep my head held high because I am not afraid.

On January 17, 2017, Linda Sarsour stood in the National Mall to deliver a speech that would go down in history. A crowd of over 470,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to advocate for legislation, policy, and the protection of women’s rights—with Linda, a Muslim American activist from Brooklyn, leading the charge, unapologetic and unafraid.

In this middle-grade edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders, Linda shares the memories that shaped her into the activist she is today, and how these pivotal moments in her life led her to being an organizer in one of the largest single-day protests in US history. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned to the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s story as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find your voice in your youth and use it for the good of others as an adult?

Interview

Amani (me): How can Non-Muslims show up for the Islamic community?

Linda: One of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my entire organizing career was the image of thousands of people who flooded airports across the country when Donald Trump announced the Muslim ban which banned people from some Muslim majority countries. It was a beautiful act of solidarity and an example of how our non-Muslim neighbors can stand with their Muslim neighbors. I want people to explore, learn and build relationships with Muslims and when there are policies or incidents of hate that target Muslim communities – it would be great to see more allies show up, offer support and use their social media platforms to correct misinformation and to also declare that they stand with their Muslim neighbors. Our allies can also volunteer with Muslim-led organizations that do important work about issues they may be passionate about such as refugee resettlement, teaching new immigrants English or organizing around racial justice.

Amani: How can Muslims become more proactive activists?

Linda: As a Muslim American, I believe that activism is a core religious obligation. I believe that all Muslims must work to alleviate harm and suffering and demand justice. Muslims interested in becoming more active can begin by doing community service projects, showing up to protests for issues that impact them and other marginalized people, volunteer at organizations, and donate to causes.

Amani: Do you have any advice for young kids who want to become an activist but don’t know where to start?

Linda: Here are some steps to begin exploring and engaging in activism as a young person.

● Choose an issue that really means something to you.

● Research the issue and learn as much as you can about it.

● Once you feel very knowledgeable about the issue, create a presentation to teach others about it so you can expand the number of people who care about this issue.

● Think about something you can do to help contribute to addressing this issue. This could mean raising funds for an organization that has solutions about this issue. You can organize a bake sale or some other activity that can raise small dollars. You can also organize a rally and invite your friends and their families to share solutions and demand that people in power do something about it. You can organize this rally with the help of adults at your local City Hall or somewhere else that is symbolic.

● Stay connected to an organization that works on this issue. Volunteer with them if there are open opportunities. 

Amani: How do you get your community involved when it comes to being an activist?

Linda: In order to get more people in your community involved in activism and to help address an issue you care about, they need to know about it. You need to be equipped with all the information so they can understand why it is an issue and how it impacts them. You also need to be prepared with an action you want them to take. People and communities are more likely to be more active if they feel well informed and have clear steps.

Amani: What’s your writing routine like?

Linda: I love writing. I write with the intention to inspire people to action through storytelling. Writing is not easy and requires you to make time for it. Because my book was about moments and experiences that moved me, it felt natural and easy and I am so proud to share myself with others.

Amani: Do you plan on writing fiction too in the future?

Linda: I am not yet sure what my plans are around writing more fiction in the future but I hope at least that “We’re In This Together” is widely read by young people across the country who are not just the leaders of tomorrow – but they are the leaders of now. Young people are profound, intuitive, brilliant and I believe have the answers and solutions to address all the social injustice we are seeing if only they were given the chance. I hope my book inspires them to take the risks, defy the naysayers and get to work to make this country truly the greatest nation on earth.

Grab Your Copy of We’re All in This Together

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My Review

Here’s a link to my review.

About the Author

Linda Sarsour is a Brooklyn-born Palestinian Muslim American community organizer and mother of three. Recognized for her award-winning intersectional work, she served as national co-chair of the Women’s March, helping to organize the largest single-day protest in US history. She is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change, as well as Until Freedom, a national racial justice organization working with Black and Brown communities across the country.

Author Links: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16174784.Linda_Sarsour

Website: https://www.lindasarsour.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lsarsour Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lsarsour/

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