4 days ago

Irshad Manji

This sign proudly stands in the flower bed of my friend, Stacy. She’s outwitting President Trump. How? By refusing to despair.

You see, Trump’s already saying he’ll dispute the election results. That’s why he wants to replace RBG by Nov. 3. Telling Americans he’ll win this election no matter what — thanks to his new sugar mama on the Supreme Court — is a form of voter suppression. If you can make people believe that your victory is inevitable, a lot of us will wonder, “Why bother to vote?”

Don’t fall for it. Grab ‘em by the ballot box and contribute to a landslide that no court can deny. To find your polling station: vote.org. To buy your “grab ‘em” sign: lucylemonco.etsy.com.
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1 week ago

Irshad Manji

A message from Brooklyn, the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hometown.
She is still speaking to us...

RIP RBG.
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2 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

Organized religion is being rejected in most of the world today. More and more young people are ditching it, even in Muslim countries. At the same time, those who abuse political power — be they politicians, journalists, or activists — are on the rise. What the hell’s going on?

I invite you to help me tackle the topic, “Can democracy survive *without* religion?” Whether you’re a proud atheist, a devout believer, or somewhere in-between, 2020 is showing us that we need to question everything — including our strongest-held convictions.

Join me, the profound Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, and the provocative David French on Wednesday at 12 noon Eastern. It’s free. The only price you’ll pay is having your mind blown. Sign up: rdi.org/go/register.
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3 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

In light of cancel culture, here’s a fair question: How do I ask someone about their identity when I might come off sounding ignorant?

Follow my 60-second guide to asking ANYTHING that’s potentially provocative...
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1 month ago

Irshad Manji

Democrat. Republican. Liberal. Conservative. Progressive. Moderate. Black. White. Brown. Queer. Straight. Do any of these labels encapsulate *all* that you are?

Now for a different q: Is it even possible for one word to represent the whole of you, me, and other sentient beings?

YES. And the more we adopt this particular word, the more we’ll revolutionize our world.

NO, I’m not referring to the word, “human.” After all, dogs aren’t human but they sure are “sentient” — they experience joy, pain, excitement, fear, love, anger, compassion, and many emotions beyond.

Since our brains take shortcuts in order to save energy, and since the way we frame each other impacts how we treat each other, the question becomes: What is the one shortcut, the one one frame, the one starting point that accurately captures us, both as individuals and as communities?

I reveal my answer in this 60-second clip from the “Talk Psych to Me” podcast. For the entire episode (be warned: we laugh a lot), click apple.co/3aSvzFV.

To quote Walt Whitman, an American poet who was much, much more, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” So do you. And that’s what makes you unique. Get psyched about it!
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When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings
When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings

posted on: September 06, 2020

In America's transactional culture, workplace diversity often amounts to slapping labels on individuals. Professionals wind up being packaged like products. They're crammed into prefabricated molds ("Black woman," for example) and get showcased to make the company look cutting-edge. Emphasize look....Continue reading ...

AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO
AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO

posted on: August 16, 2020

Let's face it: For all our gushing about diversity, many advocates of it hold a hefty slice of America in contempt. We assume that Republicans despise difference, that Trump voters are lodged in a backward past, and that they plan...Continue reading ...

Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims
Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims

posted on: July 31, 2020

Imagine that millions of people of one faith, one heritage, and one community are being targeted by their government. Imagine that these people are being rounded up by the hundreds of thousands and forced into so-called "re-education camps," where they...Continue reading ...

SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM
SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM

posted on: July 22, 2020

Last year, an organization that promotes dialogue invited two authors to hold a "respectful exchange" about racism. I was one of them. The other was Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. I accepted the invitation. DiAngelo declined. And that was...Continue reading ...

LIFE LESSONS 101
LIFE LESSONS 101

posted on: July 15, 2020

How do you avoid being manipulated -- whether it's by family, friends, bosses, politicians, or media pundits? You must always remember: If you don't have a vision for your life, someone else will have an agenda for it. I taught...Continue reading ...

LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT
LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT

posted on: July 04, 2020

What you're about to read is a journey -- and I launch it with the most famous line in the U.S. Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are...Continue reading ...

How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors
How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors

posted on: June 04, 2020

For most kids in America, the school year is coming to a close. But the civics lesson has only just begun. With protests against police brutality sweeping the nation, there's a lot to learn about how to be effective, engaged...Continue reading ...

Yes, And…
Yes, And…

posted on: May 10, 2020

In work and in life, one of the scariest things to do is negotiate with someone who disagrees with you. It takes moral courage to start, and sustain, that conversation. When I teach this skill, a crucial part of my...Continue reading ...

HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP
HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP

posted on: April 24, 2020

I teach courage for a living. Over the course of  20 years, I’ve researched, studied, written, filmed, and spoken about the skills needed to exercise “moral courage,” which means doing the right thing in the face of fear. For all...Continue reading ...

YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN
YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN

posted on: April 08, 2020

Bruce Lee, the martial arts master, would teach his students to "be like water." What he meant was, water always gets to where it needs to go -- even in the midst of obstacles. Water doesn't demand that those obstacles...Continue reading ...

Constructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict

posted on: March 02, 2020

Increasingly, I’m speaking at colleges and universities about the hottest topic going: how to achieve diversity and inclusion. Most educators see diversity as a matrix of skin colors, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations. But diversity is also about airing...Continue reading ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN
MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN

posted on: February 03, 2020

On MKL Day 2020, I had the honor of speaking from the very pulpit that the man himself once did -- at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin and Coretta, invited me to...Continue reading ...

Divorcing courageously
Divorcing courageously

posted on: January 14, 2020

Without a doubt, it was the wrong thing to do. And I knew it. I did it anyway. “You think you can bulldoze anybody,” I sneered at her. “Nobody calls you out on your behavior, so you feel entitled to...Continue reading ...

Just recorded @PodSaveThePpl podcast with @deray. Amazing conversation about how to tackle inequality without canceling one another. Will advise when the episode drops. Until then, remember: If you ... want change, listening to your “Other” is more *effective* than labeling them. ✊🏽

Last night, @DonaldJTrumpJr said, “The Republican Party is the home of free speech.” Do you think he was including Colin Kaepernick and peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protesters gassed by police in ... there?

The Rev. Dr. @BerniceKing always says that if a vote wasn’t powerful, nobody would try to suppress it. Hence shenanigans like this.👇🏽 America: Outwit the engineered chaos & register NOW to... vote: http://VoteSaveAmerica.org/be-a-voter/. Every state has a deadline; pls take 2 mins to beat it. ✊🏽 https://twitter.com/Renew_Democracy/status/1296442636115628039

Renew Democracy Initiative@Renew_Democracy

Sabotaging the mail is sabotaging our democracy.

That's why we must #SaveThePostOffice.

[email protected], @DavidAFrench and I will discuss (debate?) the question, “Can democracy survive without religion?” Think the answer’s obvious? Think again. Hosted by @Renew_Democracy. Wed, Sept ... 16, at 12 noon ET / 5 pm BST. More details soon... https://twitter.com/rabbisacks/status/1296190640376680452

Rabbi Sacks@rabbisacks

My new book 'Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times' is being published in North America by @BasicBooks on September 1st. Order your copy now -> http://bit.ly/312P61U. #Morality #CommonGood #DividedTimes

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1 month ago

Moral Courage
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1 month ago

Moral Courage

From Irshad Manji:

- Register to vote. And if you think you’re already registered, double-check. Every state has a deadline; in next few minutes, visit VoteSaveAmerica.org/be-a-voter/.

- If you’re a U.S. citizen who lives overseas and wants to ensure that your voice gets counted, go to OverseasVoteFoundation.org.

Democracy doesn’t work unless we do. Make it a labor of love — for your country as well as your future. ❤️The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, MLK’s daughter, always says that if a vote wasn’t powerful, nobody would try to suppress it. Amen!

So, America, don’t let your constitutional power be diluted or deleted. Register to vote. And if you think you’re already registered, double-check. Every state has a deadline; in next few minutes, visit VoteSaveAmerica.org/be-a-voter/.

By visiting that link, you can also find out how to volunteer on a campaign. It beats bitching. (Or adopt an abundance mindset and do both. 🤣)

Last thing: If you’re a U.S. citizen who lives overseas and wants to ensure that your voice gets counted, go to OverseasVoteFoundation.org.

Democracy doesn’t work unless we do. Make it a labor of love — for your country as well as your future. ❤️
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