Year: 2011

An Open Letter to Steve Hafner, CEO of Kayak

An Open Letter to Steve Hafner, CEO of Kayak

Dear Mr. Hafner: … Let me first say that Kayak.com is bookmarked on my computer.  I think it’s the best travel site out there.  I’ve used Kayak for every single flight I have ever booked since 2005.  And I travel a lot — at least […]

Calling on American Companies to Stand Up to Bigotry

Calling on American Companies to Stand Up to Bigotry

All-American Muslim is TLC’s bold new reality TV show that follows Muslim American families in Dearborn, MI. It has all the features of reality television – funny, dramatic, sensational, addictive – but it also tackles real-world struggles: family and marriage, racism, religious conflict, and how […]

All-American Muslim… Sikh, et al.

All-American Muslim… Sikh, et al.

For the last decade, we have heard demands for mainstream Muslims to come out of the shadows, to speak out against terrorism, and reclaim their faith.  What better way to tell one’s stories than though film and television?  And what is more quintessentially American these […]

One Is Too Many

One Is Too Many

By Valarie Kaur and Jessica Jenkins Published on Huffington Post. It is a basic fact of the moral universe that children should not be sold for sexual exploitation.  However, in America, girls and boys are regularly manipulated, coerced, and forced into sex for money.  Most are […]

Discrimination Lingers in Post-9/11 Era

Discrimination Lingers in Post-9/11 Era

By Amelia Earnest Published by Yale Daily News. A decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, Yale students are still discussing their effect on the way minorities are perceived in the United States. The South Asian Society at Yale, in collaboration with the Yale Chaplain’s Office and […]

A Groundswell on Wall Street

A Groundswell on Wall Street

I’ve been speaking about a rising generation ready to emerge from the shadows of the last decade and enter a new era of social change. Now we are seeing something emerge — a grassroots campaign has caught fire, turning out thousands of people, young and […]

Activism and Outreach From 9/11 Hate Killing

Activism and Outreach From 9/11 Hate Killing

By Anju Kaur Published by SikhNN. A new kind of activism was born out of the Balbir Singh Sodhi tragedy ten years ago when he became the first person killed in the backlash against those perceived to be related to the 9/11 attackers. About 100 […]

A Millennial Moral Center

My letter to the editor of the New York Times, defending the moral vision of the Millennial generation, was published today. I’m thrilled to be given this chance to speak out for all of us working so hard toward our vision of a more just […]

The Ten Year Anniversary of 9/15

The Ten Year Anniversary of 9/15

I’m writing tonight from Mesa, Arizona, where a family friend was murdered ten years ago.  His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi.He was a turbaned Sikh man who owned his own gas station and was well-loved for his generosity and broad smile.On Sept. 15, 2001, he […]

The Moral Values of America’s Youth: My Letter to the Editor

Published by the New York Times. To the Editor: Re “If It Feels Right…” (column, Sept. 13): David Brooks cites a Notre Dame study of 230 young Americans to indict an entire generation’s moral sensibility, warning that our “erosion of shared moral frameworks” gives rise to […]