Linda Sarsour

Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator
National Network for Arab American Communities
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. Currently she is the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator for the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a network of 22 Arab American organizations in 11 states including the District of Columbia, nationwide where she conducts trainings nationally on the importance of civic engagement in the Arab and Muslim American community. Locally she serves as the Director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social service agency serving the Arab community in NYC. Linda’s strengths are in the areas of community development, youth empowerment, community organizing, civic engagement and immigrants’ rights advocacy.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Where Do We Go From Here?

We are gathering just two days after the most contentious election season in decades. Both major parties showed their deep splinters, Trumpism became the new normal and all the politicians were forced to deal with issues that communities of color raised to national prominence. In this closing plenary, leaders will speak to the challenges of governance before us, and how the racial justice movement can position ourselves to make the most of the next four years.

Will be livestreamed.

Speakers: Marisa Franco, Glenn Harris, Pramila Jayapal, Van Jones, Rinku Sen, Kara Denise Brewer Boyd, Linda Sarsour

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Racial (In)Justice in the Post 9/11 Era

Anti-immigrant sentiment and the post 9/11 backlash demonstrate the heightened racial anxiety in our country in the thirteen years since 9/11. South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh community members have especially experienced the brunt of these two driving forces. In this session, we will explore in particular the following themes: (1) the impact of xenophobic political discourse, policies and actions targeting these communities; and (2) the ways in
which communities are pushing back against these two forces in the context of broader immigrant and racial justice movements. This session will be moderated by Deepa Iyer (Race Forward board member), with experts from South Asian Americans Leading Together, Center for New Communities, and the National Network on Arab American Communities.

Speakers: Deepa Iyer, Linda Sarsour, Jill Garvey, Suman Raghunathan

Multiply and Mobilize: Resisting Divide and Conquer Tactics in Multiracial Work

The act of dividing potential allies and communities who could come together to rise up is one of the oldest and most infuriatingly effective tricks in the book. In this workshop, movement activists and elders will join us to tell the stories of historic (and current) moments of successful resistance to efforts to divide our movements for social justice. Together we will examine these moments to lift up lessons, tools, and strategies we can use as organizers and community members to build resilience against these efforts and to increase our capacity to grow and maintain strong and unified multiracial movements.

Speakers: Kiran Nigam, Jenna Peters-Golden, Rinku Sen, Manuel Pastor, Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, Linda Sarsour

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

Racial Profiling: Every Which Way But Loose

This interactive workshop considers racial profiling within the criminal justice, immigration enforcement, and national security systems. Race has played a powerful, yet oftentimes hidden, role in the expansion of each of these three systems, and in justifying their fusion with one another. In addition to working collectively to develop a framework and analysis in this workshop, we will identify opportunities for multiracial organizing and coalition-building.

Speakers: Linda Sarsour, Kung Li Kung, Jose Lopez, Sian O'Faolain

Facing Race on Xenophobic Hate Crimes

Over the past decade, hate crimes have been on the rise, affecting people of color, LGBTIQ communities, and immigrants. What explains this rise in hate violence? What are the various ways in which community members are impacted by this climate? And, what solutions need to be put into place? Join us for a discussion moderated byDeepa Iyer,Executive Director ofSouth Asian Americans Leading Together.

Speakers: Deepa Iyer, Linda Sarsour, Rajdeep Singh