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“Law & Order SVU” Tackles Ray Rice Story

  • 19th November 201419/11/14
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Tonight is the night! My husband and filmmaking partner Sharat Raju directed an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - and it airs tonight 9 PM Eastern/Pacific on NBC! The episode is superb: a powerful, provocative, and morally complex story that takes on the issue of domestic violence inspired by the Ray Rice case. An example of the power of storytelling for deep dialogue and social change via television. It will also keep you on the edge of your seat. OK, I might be a bit biased, but even the SVU Writer’s Room tweeted: “No joke, this is a masterpiece of an episode.” […]

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Will the FCC Ruin the Internet?

  • 13th November 201413/11/14
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Published on CNN. Editor’s note: Barbara van Schewick, author of “Internet Architecture and Innovation,” is a professor at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Follow her on Twitter: @vanschewick.  Valarie Kaur is Media & Strategy Fellow at the Center and contributed to this article. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. The results of the midterm election confirm Americans’ widespread discontent with Washington gridlock on a range of issues. In the last few months, millions of people contacted the White House, Congress and federal agencies to demand action on one of […]

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Guru Nanak’s Birthday in the International Business Times

  • 6th November 20146/11/14
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I was excited to see this and other wonderful coverage on the birthday of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith: http://www.ibtimes.com/guru-nanaks-birthday-2014-3-things-you-need-know-about-sikh-holiday-1720042. I was also so glad to be quoted in the International Business Times’ article: “For many, [today] is a profound time to reflect on Guru Nanak’s vision of Oneness — the oneness of the divine and the oneness of humanity — and his message: ‘I see no stranger,’” Valarie Kaur, an interfaith organizer who is Sikh, said. “If we begin to see the world in this way, it inspires an unending flow of love and compassion — and also a commitment […]

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PBS Documentary MAKERS: Women in Business

  • 3rd November 20143/11/14
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Check out the new PBS documentary Makers: Women in Business. I make a brief appearance on the question of “leaning in” at minute 43:33-44:55. Though only for a few seconds, I am glad the film documents some of the complexities of the debate surrounding women’s leadership and Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. You can read my full critique published in an essay for MSNBC “Lean in? For Millennials, the question is what are we leaning toward.” Or watch my appearance on the Melissa Harris-Perry show here.

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Ferguson, Race, and Policing on MSNBC

  • 26th October 201426/10/14
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During the “Weekend of Resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, I appeared on “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show” to discuss  why the Weekend and #FergusonOctober calls upon us to confront not just police accountability but race in America. You can watch our panel’s segment here: http://www.msnbc.com/melissa-harris-perry/watch/anti-police-violence-movement-draws-youth-340967491740

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Is the Internet About to Get Sloooooow?

  • 10th September 201410/09/14
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Published on CNN. Editor’s note: Barbara van Schewick is an expert on net neutrality, a professor at Stanford Law School and director of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society. She is the author of “Internet Architecture and Innovation.” Follow her on Twitter at @vanschewick. Valarie Kaur, a media and strategy fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, contributed to this article. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. On Wednesday, millions of Americans visiting their favorite websites will encounter the same dreaded image: the spinning wheel of death. […]

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Interview: The Legacy Project

  • 20th August 201420/08/14
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Published by The Legacy Project. Valarie Kaur is a national interfaith leader, documentary filmmaker, and lawyer who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 100,000 members that equips people of faith in social movements. Working with students and communities, she has made award-winning films and led campaigns on hate crimes, gun violence, racial profiling, immigration detention, and solitary confinement. Valarie is a prolific public speaker on college and university campuses and frequent political contributor on MSNBC to the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Her opinion essays regularly appear on CNN, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. Valarie earned degrees at […]

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Two Years Ago Today…

  • 5th August 20145/08/14
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Two years ago today, six people of faith were killed, and many others wounded, in a mass shooting at the Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was the largest act of violence on a faith community in the US since the bombing of a Birmingham church that took four little girls 51 years ago. The shooting was a national tragedy, but what happened afterward is the most powerful story of healing and rebuilding I’ve ever witnessed. My husband and I had the chance to capture the community’s response with our camera. This short film is their story. Click […]

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First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon - My Remarks

  • 29th April 201429/04/14
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Published by Huffington Post. The following remarks were delivered at the Pentagon’s first-ever event to commemorate the Sikh faith on April 25, 2014. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain, the program was organized by Major Kalsi, Captain Rattan, Corporal Lamba, and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Waheguru Ji Ka Kalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. Thank you to the Pentagon Chaplain and Chaplain corps for gathering us here to celebrate Vaisakhi, the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa, a spiritual […]

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Celebrating Eight Sikh Americans We Admire – Huffington Post

  • 29th April 201429/04/14
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Published by Huffington Post. HuffPost Religion celebrates the Sikh American community and all of its diverse accomplishments. These eight people have made headlines for a wide variety of achievements, from athletic prowess to human rights leadership. Meet the future of America’s Sikh community here: Prabhjot Singh Prabhjot Singh, a professor at Columbia University, sustained serious injuries after being subjected to a brutal hate crime attack. In a blog about the incident, his friend Simran Jeet Singh said that “Prabhjot has dedicated his life to serving the underserved,” as Director of Systems Management at the Earth Institute as well as within his local Harlem community. […]

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