Linda Sarsour Wiki, Linda Sarsour Biography
Linda Sarsour Wiki
Linda Sarsour (born 1980) is an American political activist, co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March and the 2017 Day Without a Woman strike and protest, and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. Sarsour and her Women’s March co-chairs were included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2017. She is one of four national co-chairs leading the 2019 Women’s March.
Linda Sarsour Quick Bio
|Born||1980 (age 38–39)|
New York City, U.S.
|Residence||Bay Ridge, Brooklyn|
|Known for||Co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March|
Linda Sarsour Biography
Sarsour first gained attention for protesting police surveillance of American Muslims, later becoming involved in other civil rights issues such as police brutality, feminism, immigration policy, and mass incarceration. She has also participated in Black Lives Matter demonstrations and was the lead plaintiff in a suit challenging the legality of the Trump travel ban. Sarsour, who is Palestinian-American, has publicly advocated for the rights of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories well as the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Sarsour is a Muslim.
Her political activism has been praised by some liberals and progressives, while her stance on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has been criticized by some conservatives and Jewish leaders and organizations. Her leadership in the 2019 Women’s March was also controversial, with several chapters and its former co-founder calling for her resignation along with those of her three fellow co-chairs for their perceived refusal to clearly condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Linda Sarsour Early life
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sarsour is the eldest of seven children of Palestinian immigrants. Her father owned a small market in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, called Linda’s. She was raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and went to John Jay High School in Park Slope. After high school, she took courses at Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College with the goal of becoming an English teacher.
Arab American Association of New York
Sarsour’s early activism included advocating for the civil rights of American Muslims following the September 11 attacks of 2001. Shortly before 9/11, Basemah Atweh, a relative and founder of the Arab American Association of New York, asked Sarsour to volunteer for the organization. Atweh, who held a prominent political role uncommon for a Muslim woman, became Sarsour’s mentor.
When Sarsour and Atweh were returning from the 2005 gala opening of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, their car was struck by a tractor-trailer. Atweh died of her injuries, and two other passengers suffered from broken bones. Sarsour, who was driving, was not seriously injured. She returned to work immediately, saying of Atweh, “This is where she wanted me to be”. She was named to succeed Atweh as executive director of the association at age 25. Over the next several years she expanded the scope of the organization, building its budget from $50,000 to $700,000 annually.
Sarsour initially gained attention for protesting police surveillance of American Muslims. As director of the Arab American Association of New York, she advocated for passage of the Community Safety Act in New York, which created an independent office to review police policy and expanded the definition of bias-based profiling in New York. She and the organization pressed for the law after instances of what they saw as biased policing in local neighborhoods, and it passed over the objections of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg and then-Police Chief Raymond W. Kelly. Sarsour also played a part in the successful campaign to have Islamic holidays recognized in New York City’s public schools, which started observing Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr in 2015.
According to a 2017 article in The New York Times, Sarsour “has tackled issues like immigration policy, mass incarceration, stop-and-frisk and the New York City Police Department’s spying operations on Muslims — all of which have largely inured her to hate-tinged criticism”.
Black Lives Matter
Following the shooting of Michael Brown, Sarsour helped to organize Black Lives Matter protests. Sarsour helped form “Muslims for Ferguson”, and she traveled to Ferguson with other activists in 2014. She has continued to work extensively with BLM ever since. Sarsour became a regular attendee at Black Lives Matter demonstrations as well as a frequent television commentator on feminism.
Linda Sarsour Political party involvement
Sarsour is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. In 2016, Sarsour ran for a position as a County Committee member with the Democratic Party of Kings County, New York. She placed third. She has spoken about her activism in the context of building a progressive movement in the United States, and has been praised by liberal politicians and activists. In 2012, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the White House recognized Sarsour as a Champion of Change. Sarsour was a surrogate for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Linda Sarsour Personal life
As of 2011, Sarsour lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. At 17, she entered into an arranged marriage and had three children by her mid-20s. Both Sarsour’s family and her husband are from the Palestinian city of Al-Bireh—in the West Bank, and about 9 miles (14 km) north of Jerusalem.
Sarsour is a Muslim. On the subject of women in Islam, she told The Washington Post, “There are Muslims and regimes that oppress women, but I believe that my religion is an empowering religion.” She chooses to wear a hijab. Sarsour argues that the Islamic religious laws and principles known as sharia do not impose on non-Muslims and that Muslims must also follow civil laws.
Sarsour has been hailed by some as a symbol of empowerment and “shattering stereotypes of Muslim women”. On the other hand, she has occasionally drawn criticism from ex-Muslims, liberal Muslims and feminists such as Sarah Haider and Nervana Mahmoud for “portraying the veil as a symbol of feminist struggle” while ignoring what they describe as its role in “Islamic purity culture”. In a dual interview with Iranian feminist activist Masih Alinejad about the veil, Sarsour elaborated on her views that the hijab is a spiritual act and not a symbol of oppression, and stressed the Islamophobia experienced by hijabi women in the West. Alinejad accused Sarsour of double standards, saying that Western Muslims in general, and Sarsour in particular, often fail to condemn compulsory hijab in the Middle East. Alinejad also said that if Sarosur is concerned with women’s rights, she can not use the hijab “which is the most visible symbol of oppression in the Middle East” as a symbol of resistance
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Activist Linda Sarsour, 38, was co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March and is a board member of the Women’s March national organization.
How did you get involved in the Women’s March?
I was one of those women that commented on the first Facebook page that was all white women and that had written a description: “We stand with black women.” I didn’t see in the description of Muslim women. And I felt like: Really? We just came out of an election where this president made Muslims the cornerstone of his smear campaign. So I wrote, “This looks like a great endeavor. It would be great if you included Muslim women.” All of a sudden, my comment goes viral. The next day, Tamika [Mallory] calls me and says, “Listen, we’re bringing you into this so you can make sure that your people are represented.” I was like, “I don’t have it in me, people” — I was so depleted after the election. And they were, like, “Look, Linda, if you’re not at the table, what another Muslim lady, Muslim organizer are we going to find?”
Being a Muslim American activist, I’ve been targeted by the right wing in a way that is very dangerous. I’ve tried to shelter my kids. One day my daughter asked, “Mom, you think that you’ll get shot?” I was, like, Whoa. Of course, I’m like, “Nope. That’ll never happen in America.” But there’s a lot of risk.
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