Month: September 2010

The Empathic Civilization

A smart and refreshing call to rethink the human narrative, by author and social thinker Jeremy Rifkin: “The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the […]

"Shadow Generation" – HuffPost Feature

SHADOW GENERATION Valarie Kaur – Huffington Post Feature – 9/15/10 What’s missing in the national firestorm over Park51? The voices of young people. Here’s how young people can speak out against Islamophobia without creating new enemies, starting on today. September 15, 2010 — Nine years […]

915 by 9/15

Tomorrow we will honor the memory of Balbir Singh Sodhi — and all the men and women whose lives have been lost or damaged in the aftermath of 9/11, in hate crimes at home, terrorist attacks abroad, or in two wars raging in far-away lands. Since we […]

Common Ground in the Register

We’re very pleased to land on the front page of today’s New Haven Register.  The reporter Mary O’Leary captured the spirit of our campaign.  Worth the full read: Students’ New Campaign Fights Islamophobia Mary O’Leary – September 13, 2010 NEW HAVEN — Valarie Kaur is an award-winning […]

"9/11 Happened to Us All"

"9/11 Happened to Us All"

What would happen if we felt empathy for those who we believe hold hateful views?  Would we lose some integral part of our identity or find common humanity? On every 9/11 anniversary, I find myself showing my film or giving a talk, but this year, […]

Common Ground on TV

We did it.  In ten days, working with an amazing core of volunteers, we conceived, developed, and launched a full-fledged campaign!  In the first 24 hours, we have hit 36 states, hundreds of co-signers and several news outlets.  And we have only just begun. Sign […]

Launching the Common Ground Campaign

This morning, I am proud to announce that we launched our campaign!  The Common Ground Campaign urges young people around the country to join us in our pledge to stand against the recent wave of anti-Muslim violence and form common ground through compassionate dialogue: Thanks […]

Yale Groups Combat Anti-Muslim Sentiment

Yale Groups Combat Anti-Muslim Sentiment

By Everett Rosenfeld Published by Yale Daily News. When Valarie Kaur LAW ’11 first heard about Ahmed Sharif, the New York City cab driver who was attacked Aug. 24 by a drunken passenger for being Muslim, she did not know how to respond. “We are witnessing […]

Cooking Up a Campaign

It is astounding what can happen in one week. Last weekend, my friend Matt stopped by and started to vent his frustration and anger over the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy and the wave of anti-Muslim violence sweeping the country.  I had been paralyzed over the […]

The Politics of Paralysis

The Politics of Paralysis

In the last few weeks, as the national firestorm over the “Ground Zero Mosque” reached a deafening pitch, I have not been able to stop thinking about a handmade sign hanging in a gas station in Mesa, Arizona. On September 15, 2001, a turbaned Sikh […]