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Linda Sarsour

Leading Palestinian-American Activist, Justice Champion.

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Date of Birth:

1980

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Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Why Featured?

Linda's inclusion in the hall of fame is attributed to her significant contributions to civil rights, racial justice, and community activism. She has effectively utilized her platform to challenge stereotypes, advocate for marginalized communities, and organize some of the largest protests in U.S. history, making her a symbol of empowerment and resistance.

Brief bio

Linda Sarsour is a Brooklyn-born Palestinian Muslim American activist, author, and mother of three. She has made a name for herself as a passionate advocate for civil rights, racial justice, and community organizing. Sarsour has been involved in numerous campaigns and movements that have sought to address issues such as police surveillance, mass incarceration, and immigration policy. Her work has not only highlighted the challenges faced by Arab and Muslim American communities but has also strived to build bridges and promote solidarity among diverse groups fighting for justice and equality.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Leadership in the 2017 Women's March: Co-chairing what was dubbed the largest single-day protest in U.S. history (SpeakOut) .

  • Advocacy Against Police Surveillance: Her early activism was marked by protests against the surveillance of American Muslims and contributions to the Community Safety Act in New York.

  • Establishment of Muslim School Holidays in NYC: Successfully campaigned for the inclusion of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr in New York City's public school calendar.

  • Formation of Muslims for Ferguson: Co-founding this initiative to support the Black Lives Matter movement following the shooting of Michael Brown.

  • Recognition by the Obama Administration: Honored as a "Champion of Change" for her efforts in empowering Arab and Muslim Americans through advocacy and engagement (SpeakOut) .

  • Bridging Communities for Justice: Sarsour's work has been pivotal in creating coalitions across racial, religious, and social lines, exemplified by her leadership roles in various justice movements including Black Lives Matter and Women's March (SpeakOut) .

  • Advocacy for Civil Liberties: Played a critical role in the fight against biased policing and surveillance practices targeting Muslim communities in New York.

  • Political and Social Mobilization: Through platforms like MPower Change, she has mobilized Muslim Americans and allies in social justice initiatives, voter registration drives, and protests against unjust policies (SpeakOut) .

  • Promotion of Racial and Gender Justice: Her intersectional approach to activism has raised awareness about the interconnectedness of racial, economic, gender, and social injustices (SpeakOut) .

  • Literary Contributions: Authoring books such as "We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders" and engaging in public speaking, Linda has expanded the conversation on activism, resistance, and the role of faith in social justice (Linda Sarsour) (SpeakOut) .

Date of Last Update: 
April 6, 2024

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