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Muslim-American Calling for Support for Black Lives Matter

And destroys Muslim female stereotypes in the process.

Linda Sarsour won’t sit still, or be quiet.

Unlike some common Muslim female stereotypes, she isn’t afraid to speak her mind and make sh*t happen. Yes, she’s from Brooklyn.

“My faith informs my role and commitment to standing up against injustice,” she said in July.

This mama of three has her finger on the pulse of the nation. Her secret ingredient: she looks for similarities among us, not differences. That’s what makes us stronger and sexier.

After Michael Brown’s passing in Ferguson, she founded ‘Muslims for Ferguson’, a group that offers solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and also notices the overlap in struggles of the Muslim and Black experience in the US (like dealing with excessive stop-and-frisks).

 

 

It seems that pilgrimages can take many forms, too. Last year, Sarsour helped organize March 2 Justice, a 250-mile walk from New York to DC where people of all stripes and colors brought awareness to racial profiling and demanded action from the government. Ok, sure, we could all dust off our neglected sneakers for that.

But really, this is the tip of the iceberg. Linda has her irons in many fires and continues to use her charisma for social good. She’s an American, a Muslim, and a force to be reckoned with.

Ready for more? This NYC pastor is for Black Lives Matter.

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First Sustainable ‘Agrihood’ Gives Free Produce to 2,000 Detroit Residents

An urban renewal option that fosters communities instead of tearing them down and replacing them with gentrification.

One of Earth’s greatest challenges today is finding ways to give everyone access to nutritious and sustainable food. We know – small countryside farms. But how can we work with what we have today to generate sustainable grub?

Let’s talk *agrihood*, a new concept that promotes a localized relationship between living, eating, and working. It’s not new age mumbo jumbo, it’s actually cutting edge innovation that even big corporations are curious about because it’s working.

Non-profit The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), along with funding from corporate friends with local interests (inc General Motors Technical Center and Sustainable Brands), formed the first sustainable agrihood in America. They’re based in Detroit, and they give free produce to 2,000 nearby residents. They’re also turning a nearby abandoned building into a community resource center that will soon be home to a cafe, non-profit incubator, and workshop space.

 

 

“More and more companies are realizing that if they embed purpose into the mission they can really help the communities that they’re in,” Jonathan Reese, Director of Business Development at Sustainable Brands.

Agrihoods aren’t a one size fits all type of deal but that’s what’s cool about them. They ask the community what they need and build accordingly.

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