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. Music in the Middle: “Marching the Hate Machines” by Thievery Corporation featuring Frank Orrall, from their new album Symphonik Version, courtesy of ESL Records.
Watch our Forward Thinking on Covid-19 series where guests offer their view point from a forward looking perspective in their area of expertise. Become a Patreon member to unlock the full unedited conversations. This week Laura's guest is Patricia Mercado Sánchez, Founder/Director Conexion Migrante.