I'm a social justice lawyer turned writer.  I've worked in some of America's poorest neighborhoods, run a church basement legal clinic for undocumented immigrants, and helped very low-income Black women get the zoning and licensing to start businesses in their homes. I've worked as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter, a hate crimes researcher, and a community organizer.  After 9/11, I was a cofounder and Vice President of the Council of American Islamic Relations in Philadelphia (CAIR-Philly), doing education and outreach throughout the Delaware Valley in the midst of cresting Islamophobia.  I've spoken to diverse audiences about Islam and Muslims and appeared on The Moth's Mainstage as a storyteller in Boston and Philadelphia.  My writing at the intersection of politics, race, history and Muslim America has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesTIME Magazinethe Chicago Tribunethe Sarasota Herald Tribune, and several other publications. I now live in Ontario, Canada with my family on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.  

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