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Tanzila Ahmed
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Writing is rioting.
Writing is rioting.

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"[This Ramadan], I think, that I had been unconsciously asking for a sign. A burning house at sehri time sure feels like a sign."

I wrote up a thing at Muslim Women Speak about how my sisters and I saw a burning house on our way to Denny's for Sehri. Sure I waited all Ramadan to finish this essay, but it's done! With one day left! Read the whole story: https://medium.com/muslim-women-speak/time-for-sehri-7eacae6d2d50
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We are in YEAR 4 of our #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast and we just recorded EPISODE 40! Listen to Zahra and I talk about Zayn Malik and Muslim Ban and Randa Jarrar and Fatwas on Toxic Masculinity. And my #GoodMuslim award this month goes to Yumna Khan & Nida Chaudhry for their webseries #UnfairandUgly (on youtube now!) Also, you'll be happy to hear that our episode is brought to you by kale curry, innit love?

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/…/…/goodmuslimbadmuslim/id957244530; Stiticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/goodmuslimbadmuslim…; Or wherever else you get your damned podcasts.
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With the #NoMuslimBanEver Supreme Court oral hearings tomorrow, I reflected in this essay on my trip to Honouluili Internment Camp last summer when Zahra andI were in residency at Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

"Our group walked through what was left of the camp. In that valley, banyan trees with hanging roots had cracked through the concrete foundations of long-gone buildings. We were shaded by the tall leafy trees, and the ground crunched underfoot with dry leaves. We couldn’t see deeply into the forest for the errant sugar cane stalks that had grown tall everywhere. We could hear tropical birds sing. The park ranger pointed out where the mess hall had once been – wood steps led down to a wide slab of concrete – where families would come visit internees once a month. It is now the spot where current Japanese Americans in Oahu perform ceremonies of remembrance. There had once been a garden in that direction. There were the living quarters over there. Over there was a fence that friends passed gifts through.

After the Muslim Ban was released, people kept talking about how we won’t let history repeat itself. It’s hard to believe it when this part of American history has been easily buried. It would be easy to use the same tactics on new communities, as long as the history remains that way. The modern version may not look like incarceration camps – but we the travel bans, holding cells at borders, deportation, and detention look very familiar. As the government takes bids for walls at the border, the Transportation Security Administration is detaining Muslims in secret rooms at airports. We have seen a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes – from bombing of mosques to stabbings of brown people. Under this administration we have seen a rise in right wing extremism, as these terrorists are emboldened by the rhetoric of our leaders."

http://bit.ly/18mrEchoes
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I'm super excited to share a collaborative project I've been curating called "Write Back, Fight Back" - a 12-week essay series featuring Asian American thinkers & leaders of this moment discussing the intersections of White Supremacy and pushing back on it from the Asian American community. This project will explore talking beyond the model minority myth/myth busting because that's a tired dated trope and the conversation on AAPIs within racial justice goes beyond the wedge & margins. The essays will be released every Thursday and are a collaborative project of 18MillionRising.org with Reappropriate.co & Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (+ rest of the AAAJ affiliates).

Check out our first essay 'Writing Towards Liberation: Asian American Revolutionaries and the Written Word' by Jenn Fang over at writebackfightback.com and check back every Thursday for more! #WriteBackFightBack
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I had a blast on the They Call Us Bruce podcast this week with Angry Asian Man and Jeff Yang where we talked about love & meetcutes & fake boyfriends & overthrowing the government. Or something like that. Listen to the show if you don't believe!

http://theycallusbruce.libsyn.com/episode-34-they-call-us-valentines-day
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Audio is up @npr! "When it comes to talking about Islamophobia and the politics around being Muslim, people get numb to it," she says. "With humor, you're able to sneak into people's consciousness and get them to think differently." #MuslimVDay

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/02/14/585723977/you-ve-hijacked-my-heart-fighting-islamophobia-with-valentines-that-make-you-squ
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Have you heard? In our latest #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast w/ me & Zahra Noorbakhsh, we talk about bathtub erotica and how getting a lap dance at Magic Mike Live is a small sacrifice for civil rights. We also talk about a really hot Muslim rugby player.

GO LISTEN NOW whereever you listen to podcasts - spotify, iTunes, stitcher or www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com

And yes, I will use gratuitous hot photos to entice you to listen to our podcast. Always.
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Have you ordered your 2018 #MuslimVDay cards yet? Valentines Day is only 3 weeks away! Send it as postcards to your loved ones or frame a set for your wall!

Get your disruptive cards of loving dissent today at
bit.ly/MuslimVDay2018
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"I march because I won't let my voice be dictated and taken away from me by others. I march because I belong, and people like me belong. And I will fight for that right to belong." - Tanzila Ahmed for MPower Change #MuslimWomenMarch #WomensMarch2018
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Not sure how to tell that special someone you got a crush on them? Might I suggest a #MuslimVDay card? Because the latest set (#6!) is finally done and posted up on my Etsy shop!

The 2018 set of cards include:
"So Fly List"
"Wanna Roleplay TSA?"
"There's No Resisting My Love For You"
"I'd Never Muslim Ban You From My Heart"
"Call Your Representative, Then... Call Me"
"Cupid Dropped an Airstrike on My Heart"

Check them out over at my Etsy shop and don't wait to tell your lover how much you #MuslimVDay love them today!

http://bit.ly/MuslimVDay2018
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