April 8, 2020. Before The China Virus exploded across the world, there was “Linda Sarsour: We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders” . Her book signing held at NYC’s famous Strand Book Store on March 11, 2020.
My book comes out TODAY, on #SuperTuesday of course. Never thought I would ever type these words. It’s the right book at the right time. Get your copy today OR post the one you receive with hashtag #NotABystander. #NotMeUs
However, this “Right Time” book signing (on the 11th) was also protested by Yad Yamin-NY. It was NOT the “Right Time”.
“Why, protest some might ask?” Well, to begin, Sarsour is an infamous Jew-Hater. Also, she supports Sharia Law and has gone on-record supporting the elimination of Israel. (There’s more) She has promoted Jihad and embraced terrorist Rasmeah Odeh.”
Yad Yamin decided they TOO were not to be BYSTANDERS, so on March 11 a call went out to :
“Jew hater, lyin’ Linda Sarsour, will be at Strand Book Store to promote her autobiography. If we didn’t know any better, by reading lyin’Linda’s promotion written by Strand Bookstore, we’d think that lyin’ Linda should get a humanitarian award. We know better. Time to fight back! No time for silence!“
But, then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed.
March 12-13, 2020 : the NY City /State government shut the city down, making this post an after thought. The pandemic media-mania overwhelmed the NYC business community. With no income, rents can’t be paid. Employees are laid off. Recovery, for many, a very slim possibility.
We were silenced. Unwilling participants in the pandemic confusion. However, Linda did manage to find a pandemic connection so she could promote Islam:
Linda Sarsour @lsarsour – March 20, 2020
I am watching ‘Pandemic’ on Netflix and finding it very informative and grounding. Highly recommend. I am also appreciating that the leading health figure in NYC on pandemics is a brilliant Muslim doctor named Dr. Syra Madad who is featured in this series.
Meanwhile, our protest. Better late than never is here . On You tube
Flickr Slide Show
“Barely informed with Elad” interviews (he has a great you tube channel)
Finally, some light reading: The Press Release for Sarsour’s book promotion. (hurl alert)
Wednesday March 11: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders or a $15 gift card to attend. This event will take place in our 3rd floor Rare Book Room. Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered her, moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.
“On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, nineteen-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. She saw in the mirror the woman she was growing to be—a young Muslim American woman unapologetic in her faith and her activism, who would discover her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11. Now heralded for her award-winning leadership of the Women’s March on Washington, in We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders Linda Sarsour offers a poignant story of community and family.
From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned, where Linda learned the real meaning of intersectionality, to protests in the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s experience as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find one’s voice and use it for the good of others.
We follow Linda as she learns the tenets of successful community organizing, and through decades of fighting for racial, economic, gender, and social justice as she becomes one of the most recognized activists in the nation. Throughout, she inspires readers to take action as she reaffirms that we are not here to be bystanders.”
In his foreword to the book, Harry Belafonte writes of Linda, “While we may not have made it to the Promised Land, my peers and I, my brothers and sisters in liberation can rest easy that the future is in the hands of leaders like Linda Sarsour. I have often said to Linda that she embodies the principle and purpose of another great Muslim leader, brother Malcolm X.”
This is her story…
Ending with her GLOWING Press Bio:
“Linda Sarsour is an award-winning civil rights activist, community organizer, and mother of three. A Palestinian Muslim American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. She is also a founding member of Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, artists, youth, and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy.
Sarsour served as national co-chair of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. Named among 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world, she was also cited as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and featured as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including a Champion of Change award from the Obama Administration. She is a frequent media commentator on issues that affect Muslim communities, Middle East affairs, and criminal justice reform. She is most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.“
We return to the present: April 8, 2020 where New York City is “On Pause” … still ….
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