• We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

  • A Memoir of Love and Resistance
  • By: Linda Sarsour
  • Narrated by: Linda Sarsour
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (174 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares an “unforgettable memoir” (Booklist) about how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, 19-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. She saw in the mirror the woman she was growing to be - a young Muslim American woman unapologetic in her faith and her activism, who would discover her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11. Now heralded for her award-winning leadership of the Women’s March on Washington, Sarsour offers a “moving memoir [that] is a testament to the power of love in action” (Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow). 

From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned, where Linda learned the real meaning of intersectionality, to protests in the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s experience as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find one’s voice and use it for the good of others. We follow Linda as she learns the tenets of successful community organizing, and through decades of fighting for racial, economic, gender, and social justice, as she becomes one of the most recognized activists in the nation. We also see her honoring her grandmother’s dying wish, protecting her children, building resilient friendships, and mentoring others even as she loses her first mentor in a tragic accident. Throughout, she inspires you to take action as she reaffirms that we are not here to be bystanders. 

In this “book that speaks to our times” (The Washington Post), Harry Belafonte writes of Linda in the foreword, “While we may not have made it to the Promised Land, my peers and I, my brothers and sisters in liberation can rest easy that the future is in the hands of leaders like Linda Sarsour. I have often said to Linda that she embodies the principle and purpose of another great Muslim leader, brother Malcolm X.” 

©2020 Linda Sarsour (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Eyes opening!

For me, this book was an eye opening experience. Most important, I learned a lot about middle East conflict, the Muslim community here in US.I realized that I was in my comfort zone for too long. Not being a bystander is a duty of every person who has dignity. Growing up I was often told to mind my business, but thanks to Linda I discovered that Social Justice is actually my Business. How could I sleep knowing that my co citizens are mourning!
A new Activist is born thanks to Linda Sarsour!

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excellent reading of an engaging story

absolutely loved this book and listening to the story that made sister Linda. the story and the struggle is inspiring and how she continues this day to fight for a better world should move us all.

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I'm disgusted with all the lies that I've believed

I'm shocked at the levels I've been lied to. I grew up on a dirt road in Oklahoma. But I know realize I have more in common with a Muslim woman from Brooklyn than I do with any of these people I've spent my whole life around. I surrounded by fascists that will cancel at the drop of a dime. These people think they're constitutionalists but they're trying to cancel me as we speak for saying things that are considered wrong think. it's crazy cause none of them realize THEY are the sensitive snowflakes who punish wrong think. Lady, you keep doing what ur doing and I'm going to do what I can to find my tribe. Incredible story💜

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Still crying.

Linda Saraour is an entire blessing to the world. Her words and inspiring and her stories are moving. Truly an amazing read.

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Wow

In my search for how to of service when seeking systematic change I found Linda's book and have been forever changed and inspired to do more and be more than a bystander. I love this book!

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Empowering

Well written and eagerly received. Can not wait until her next book. She’s is an engaging author and is woke!

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Very inspiring

Sarsour brings her passion and energy into this book. It is great to hear behind the scene struggles of her while she advocates for justice for all.

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How she became an activist

I loved this book for how she embraced her culture. I would recommend this book to anyone who believes in freedom and liberation for all people. I followed Linda Sarsour’s activism in different organizations.She is a breath of fresh air of our generation.

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Didn’t want it to end

To hear Sarsour’s story is such a gift. It’s beautifully spoken, each word radiating the passion she has for our country and it’s righteous potential. There were moments I laughed, cried and even had to hit pause to collect myself. I would recommend this to everyone.

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A warrior

Loved it! A symbol of a leader who seeks a better and fair life for all.

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  • 08-23-20

best ive listend to in a long while masha Allah

loved it masha Allah with true light of what you been through good . .

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  • 03-07-20

highly recommended

Absolutely amazing and inspirational biography, Linda is such an inspiration to us all! An absolute must-listen