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t's time for another #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast where Zahra Noorbakhsh and I talk about Ramadan, and shootings and all the madness in the world. LISTEN UP! http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/podcast/2016/7/26/019-secrets-safety
The one where Zahra discovers the true meaning of Fatwa, Taz gets the Hiba-jabis for being late, and both decide the world needs more gay pride.
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I love Tuesday Night Project - this showcase night featuring the brightest of the Los Angeles Asian American underground creatives scene is a big reason I became the artivist I am today. For the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every summer month, you can usually enjoy me on the patio taking in music, poetry, comedy, theatre or even spinning glowsticks in this space.

For the rest of July, I will be donating all proceeds from my chapbook "Emdash & Ellipses" to #KeepTNFree for their July Fundraising drive - so if you haven't bought one yet, now you can get a poetry book AND donate to a good cause! (of course, you can also just donate directly at www.tuesdaynightproject.org!)

Please donate to support the next generation of art-ivists!!! I would not be who I am as a poet, writer, storyteller, creative if it wasn't for this space that nurtured me so lovingly!

Shout out to the TNC team that keeps me inspired - Traci, Sean, Quincy, Sophie, Johneric, and everyone else!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/267149654/emdash-ellipses-a-poetry-chapbook-by
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I was moved to tears today as I read through and updated our Poetry-A-Day-For-Ramadan website. Catch up & read now: https://medium.com/poetry-a-day-for-ramadan
Ramadan is a time of reflection and prayer and for some of us — poetry. This space is for poets to share their Ramadan poems or prose or paint or music daily for Ramadan.
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For the record - I said I was "in my 30s" not "30 yrs old". SEMANTICS. I was asked about DACA/DAPA at Saturday's #IAmAnImmigrant event:

"Held at the historic Holman United Methodist Church, I Am An Immigrant: A Celebration of Our Stories, featured a diverse array of musical and dance performances, live renditions of immigrant-themed speeches from throughout American history, and stirring personal narratives delivered by immigrants and their families.

“A lot of what comes next hinges on who will be in office in the next election cycle. We really have to see who is in office next to see where we have to angle our strategies. I think DACA/DAPA were placeholders. There is so much overhaul that needs to be done. These programs are piece meals that were given to us temporarily in the moment. There will always be continued organizing that needs to be done. The end goal was not to get DACA and DAPA, the end goal is to have complete immigration reform.”

http://fusion.net/story/316560/supreme-court-dapa-daca/
LOS ANGELES, CA—With the Supreme Court on the cusp of a decision that will impact the lives of millions of undocumented people living in the U.S., hundreds of immigrants and their allies gathered here on Saturday to celebrate America’s immigrant heritage and share stories of courage, resilience and hope.
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I'm performing a joint poem with Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama this Thursday at an iftar! You don't have to be Muslim or fasting to come - just come! I'm so excited for this project which brings together Muslim and Japanese youth to find common grounds of solidarity. Many of the people organizing this are a part of the ‪#‎VigilantLove‬ coalition, which has been uniting the AAPI community to fight against islamophobia in L.A. - last night at the ‪#‎Orlando‬ vigil at City Hall a group 25 of East Asian non-Muslims held a banner that said "Standing Up for Unity & Peace & Against Islamophobia and Fear". I don't have words for this relief I feel as a Muslim when I see my AAPI colleagues in solidarity with me.

Get tix now! http://jaclpsw.org/index.php/support/bridging-communities-fundraising-iftar
Join us on. Thursday, June 16th, 2016. Break the Fast in the Month of Ramadan. Celebrate & Learn about the Upcoming Bridging Communities Fellowship Program. Enjoy a dinner and program with community speakers and artists! 6:30 PM registration begins 7:00 - 9:00 PM program ...
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It seems like time has flown and remained completely still at the same time. Today was my mother's fifth death anniversary, and I can't help but think of how different life is now from how it was five years ago.

I am profoundly aware of how my art and politics have changed with her loss. I stopped writing after she died, I started painting profusely. It took me time to write, and when I did, she found her way into my story, no matter what I wrote on, spoke on, media-ed on. And last month, I was awarded a White House Champion of Change in Art and Storytelling. That was because of her. Not like that magic thing where she made it happen but like that thing where her life and the grief were my catalyst to produce as an artist and activist. She was and will always be my catalyst.

In my mother's memory on her death anniversary, I would like to share the poetry performance I did in the White House last month to close out the Champion of Change ceremony, called "Mom's Belonging". https://youtu.be/1hXx-9-AfcI
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Come join us this Friday, Los Angeles! A night of poetry and Eid celebrations!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1346352348712538/
It has been an emotionally intense Ramadan 2016 and for the past month of Ramadan, a group of poets returned to write poetry together for Poetry-A-Day for Ramadan, creating one piece of poetry/prose/art each day in an effort to reflect and meditate on the holy month. There are no rules, ...
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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Independence Day, and Eid Mubarak. Here's my gift to you all - I wrote the final essay in #30Days30Writers over at Patheos Muslim trying to make this sense of this senselessly tragic Ramadan - Live Beyond Ramadan by the Values of Love:

"As I reflect back on the past 30 days, the theme that is uplifted the most is the one of safety and safe space. My Ramadan this year started with protesting in front of the Pasadena courthouse at the “felony lynching” sentencing of Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards. Just a week later, I was breaking my fast at a candlelit vigil on steps of LA’s City Hall for the Latinx victims of Orlando’s Pulse shooting.

The week after I performed poetry at an iftar raising funds for a youth program to bring Japanese and Muslim youth together on a fellowship. And the week after that, I was praying Jummah at the women only space of the Women’s Mosque of America.

Ramadan for me was speaking up against police brutality against black people; it was about holding space and speaking out as an ally for the Muslim queers in my life; it was about building solidarity and creating safe space for women."

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/altmuslim/2016/07/live-beyond-ramadan-by-the-values-of-love/
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I got interviewed about Ramadan in the workplace over at the Slack blog! Check it out:

"Here is my list of the worst things about fasting in an office setting:
1. When people burn popcorn in the office kitchen.
2. The blasting air conditioner is even colder when you are not digesting food — and then you need to take sun breaks outside so you can reheat your blood.
3. Ramadan stinky breath is a real thing and you get really self-conscious about having to take a meeting in close quarters.

The plus side to fasting in an office setting:
1. If you drop the ball on a project, you can easily use the “I have Ramadan brain, and my memory is all foggy and I forgot” card. That card is good for the month.
2. If you accidentally fall asleep in your office cubicle, people won’t judge you because you are fasting.
3. You are excused from going on all those team-building lunches and happy hours. Because who really enjoys those, anyways?
4. Without having lunch to eat on lunch break, you can just leave work early. Just make sure your boss didn’t catch you taking that nap earlier."

https://slackhq.com/working-through-ramadan-9784b352282e
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Throwing my hat into the think piece ring - over at Truthout. I feel super overwhelmed by the amount of things written about the event - also, how is everyone able to churn out words so fast during fasting and grief? I wrote about being one of the few non-queers breaking fast at a queer iftar the night of the shooting. And some other rambles: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36458-mourning-on-ramadan-breaking-my-fast-with-queer-muslims-after-the-orlando-shooting
Safe spaces are needed now more than ever given the oppressive systems that are bearing down on Muslims and queers.
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"If you start thinking about being likable you are not going to tell your story honestly, because you are going to be so concerned with not offending, and that’s going to ruin your story, so forget about likability." - Adichie

+Zahra Noorbakhsh & I guested on +Bitch Media's Backtalk podcast on being (or not being) LIKEABLE! Check it out: https://bitchmedia.org/article/backtalk-letting-go-likability
How does gender and race impact who's seen as "likeable."
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