We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

A Memoir of Love and Resistance
Narrated by: Linda Sarsour
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim-American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

It was a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn when a 19-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a hijab for the first time. A reflection that showed her as the woman she was growing to be - unapologetic in her faith and her activism. A young Muslim-American woman who would discover her innate sense of justice in the aftermath of 9/11. Now heralded for her award-wining leadership of the Women’s March on Washington, in We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders Linda Sarsour offers a poignant story of community and family.

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 story 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. We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders will inspire you to take action as it reaffirms that we are not here to be bystanders.

In his foreword to the audiobook, Harry Belafonte writes of Linda, "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."

This is her story.

©2020 Linda Sarsour (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Brought me to tears. Love and appreciate you QUEEN✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽

This book has brought me to tears so many times. I LOVED everything about it sis. I love you and your resilience. You taught me what being a Muslim-Palestinian Activist looks like. You showed me the way and I will forever be grateful, humbled and honored. We appreciate you and everything about your unapologetic self. We love you and hold you near and dear to our hearts. Sending love and appreciation from one Palestinian sis to another💗💗💗

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great book and needed message

Linda's book is amazing because she has been amazing. Her life as an activist should inspire us all. I enjoyed hearing about her life. We need 100,000 more Linda's.

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thank you.

I have followed Sister Linda's journey since 2016, I think. I'm thankful for this firsthand look at her life's work, and I'm proud to call her my sister in humanity and in faith. God bless her efforts, and the works of activists and organizers like her. Ameen.

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Love and Resistance

Love and Resistance......
At first you think they are opposite but they are two sides of the same coin. Linda Sarsour brings to life these principles with examples of her life and passions. She takes you with her to dispel false narratives and gives you not just a peak but her entire heart to see.
This is wonderful. Every woman should read this, every March for Women’s History Month because she is a world changer!!!!!!
From BROOKLYN 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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A call to humanity

I have never had an author inspire me to use all the love, outrage, defiance and faith in me more than Linda Sarsour has here, and I know that it is in this resolve that we find the power to change the world. She can love you wholly while challenging you to grow, can make you feel so capable yet still humble, and all the while inspire you to be better in every way. Linda and the movements she leads will be on the right side of history, and we are all so blessed to be alive to witness them and able to join them. She is an American treasure. A true revolutionary. My hero.

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She is fighting for all of us!

Her mission is our mission and her voice and work is an inspiration for all of us. Keep on moving forward Sr Linda, we are with you!

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Amazing!

Finished it in 2 days! A truly inspiring book! You WILL love it! Loved it!

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Phenomenal like Linda!

Every minute of Linda's story was gripping. A beautifully written and spoken story I will recommend to everyone I know ♡

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highly recommended

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