Reviewed by Hadeal Salamah
In this Young Readers’ edition of her 2020 memoir We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders, Linda Sarsour narrates and reflects upon the events that shaped her into the person and activist she is today. Outlined in chapters, Sarsour makes connections to her life experiences and her work with a multitude of communities that she is a part of and influenced by, her role as co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington and continuous fight for people’s rights.
Recalling her summer visits to Palestine and her family’s village of El Bireh, she expresses a deep generational, sensory, and spiritual connection to its people, history, and land. Particularly rich are the depictions of tastes and smells, and the strong sense of memory, belonging, tradition, love, and loss. It is through this framing that she discusses her parents’ sacrifice as immigrants to America, and who herself as a Palestinian American, from a young age often had to assert the legitimacy and existence of her people. Often perceived as Latinx or Italian, this racial ambiguity often led Sarsour to feel “almost invisible.” Continue reading on Hijabi Librarians.
We're in This Together by Linda Sarsour
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 29, 2022
Genres: Biography and Autobiography, Young Adult
Reading Level: High School
Review Source: Hijabi Librarians
Publisher's Synopsis: An inspiring and empowering young readers edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders, the memoir by Women’s March coorganizer and activist Linda Sarsour
You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, and keep my head held high because I am not afraid.
On January 21, 2017, Linda Sarsour stood in the National Mall to deliver a speech that would go down in history. A crowd of over 470,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to advocate for legislation, policy, and the protection of women’s rights — with Linda, a Muslim American activist from Brooklyn, leading the charge, unapologetic and unafraid.
In this middle grade edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders, Linda shares the memories that shaped her into the activist she is today, and how these pivotal moments in her life led her to being an organizer in one of the largest single-day protests in US history. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned to the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s story as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find your voice in your youth and use it for the good of others as an adult.