Check out tonight's panel discussion in NYC. Excited to join the conversation. You can watch live at 6:45PM EST and send in questions here. The ninth anniversary of 9/11 bred competing rallies and a near-miss Koran burning. As the 2010 election looms, the smoke of religious ignorance and hatred rises. The need for religious leaders to stand up and bring healing has never been greater. What should America's faith communities be doing now to prepare for the tenth anniversary of 9/11? Join us in person or online as Christian,
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 ago today, the murder of a family friend changed the course of my life. His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi. Four days after 9/11, he was shot in the back in front of his gas station by a man who yelled when arrested, "I'm a
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 launched the Common Ground Campaign few days ago, 717 people have signed our Charter in all 50 states. I invite you to commemorate tomorrow by signing the Charter for Common Ground and share with your friends and family. Our goal: 915 signatures by 9:15pm on 9/15. www.commongroundcampaign.org
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 the Charter. Host a Dialogue. Spread the Word. On the 9/11 anniversary tomorrow, as some groups threaten to burn the Qur'an, I invite you to raise your voice and stand for your own vision of America through Common Ground. Share on facebook, blast
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 a wave of hate crimes across the country, not fully being covered on the news,” she said. “This [situation] is becoming insidious, life-threatening, and serious, but I found myself in a paralysis.” Within a week, Matthew Matera LAW ’11 came to her room to talk about
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 issue for weeks, but hearing him began to thaw my frozen state: I wasn't alone in my bewilderment and sadness. Matt and I began to reach out to classmates and friends across the country: many of us felt that our voices were not represented
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 man was murdered in front of this gas station, the first of at least two dozen people murdered in hate crimes in the months after 9/11. Neighbors and strangers sent hundreds of flowers and cards and messages, but the family chose this sign
Check out this video from Auburn Seminary's "How Women Will Change the World in the 21st Century" event in NYC. I was so excited to represent what I often call the "Shadow Generation" - those of us who came of age after 9/11. We are diverse, active, and committed to change institutions of power. I also spoke about women in leadership and faith.