What Would You Say To the President?
I’ve just received an invitation from President Obama to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing and reception in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage. The shock is not wearing off. I’ve asked Sharat to come with me, and both of us are brainstorming about how to make this visit useful. There’s so much on our minds –preparing for the 9/11 anniversary, supporting multifaith movement building, mobilizing Millennials, standing up for Sikh and Muslim Americans, pushing for immigration reform and LGBT equality and closing Guantanamo… and the list goes on. Where do we begin? If you had the [...]Read more
A Victim of 9/11 Hate Crime Fights for Attacker's Life
I’m deeply inspired by this story: Rais Bhuiyan making a courageous stand to end cycles of violence flowing from 9/11… Days after the 9/11 terror attacks, 31-year old laborer Mark Stroman went on a shooting spree in the Dallas area. In a drug-fueled mission of revenge, he killed two South Asian immigrants and shot another — Rais Bhuiyan — in the face at close range, blinding him in one eye. Shortly after his arrest, Stroman boasted of his role as “Arab Slayer.” Now, as Stroman faces imminent execution in Texas, an unlikely champion is fighting to save his life: Bhuiyan, [...]Read more