Linda Sarsour is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), the National Advocacy Director for the National Network for Arab American Communities, and the Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate. A Palestinian-American community activist, she has spent the past decade working to address city and national surveillance programs that target American Muslims. Her desire to create campaigns that are “multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faith and multi-sector” has driven her to create connections between communities, building alliances that work to end racial and religious profiling.
Ms. Sarsour’s work has led the White House to name her a “Champion of Change” and earned her the title of Muslim of the Year from the Council on American Islamic Relations. Through AAANY and her position as a board member on the New York Immigration Coalition, Sarsour has helped diverse immigrant communities by providing everything from legal assistance to language courses. Her activism reaches further afield than New York: she also participated in Ferguson October to build solidarity for all impacted law enforcement brutality and lack of accountability.