To all the special-needs parents who have gone nearly 3 months without school, without therapy, without routine or structure or any kind of break.... you are the chosen ones. God bless each and every ... one of you.

“Reclaiming starts with something counterintuitive: building trust with the police. Let’s face it, it’s not merely policies that need to evolve. It’s also the hearts of those who need to ... practice any new policies…”

By @IrshadManji in @NYDailyNews:
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-how-protesters-can-take-back-the-narrative-20200604-wpd2mkb3nbaublaks54yhipiza-story.html

2 days ago

Irshad Manji

Can anti-racism advocates reclaim our narrative, our movement, from both the looters and the shooters? Yup. Check out my op-ed in today's NYDailyNews: bit.ly/2BxZllX.

Would love your thoughts, including critiques. Please keep your feedback civil. It's the only way to have your POV actually heard by me (and others).
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6 days ago

Irshad Manji

A sign of times in one of my neighborhood restaurants. This business — the product of hard work — is endangered not only by virus, but also by violence. Yes, black lives matter. 100%. And so do black *livelihoods.*

Some say the protests are being infiltrated by racist orgs in order to sabotage the anti-racist movement. Then sincere justice-seekers should turn in looters right away. That’s how we’ll know who’s who. Set the truth free so that the truth can set us all free.

Agree or disagree, please be decent to each other here. Remember: If you wish to be heard, you must first be willing to hear...
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1 week ago

Irshad Manji

This is a story of how Moral Courage can change the world.

Larry Kramer (left), the pioneering AIDS activist, died yesterday. He often denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci (right), a leading U.S. infectious disease expert and, now, Trump's chief medical advisor on Covid-19.

A generation ago, Kramer called Fauci a "murderer" and "incompetent idiot" for America's lack of action on the then-raging AIDS epidemic. Rather than cave to his ego and get defensive, Fauci reached out to Kramer. As they talked, they realized that they had a lot in common.

After that, Fauci says, they became friends -- even though Kramer continued to berate Fauci publicly in order to get things done. Still, Fauci consistently avoided counter-punching.

Seems like Kramer's blunt and necessary moral courage (breaking the silence) was met with Fauci's more nuanced moral courage (engaging his fierce critic). Thus was born a relationship that, for all its bizarreness, managed to move the needle on the worst plague of its time.

How poignant that Larry Kramer should pass away during the worst plague of *this* time. May he rest in peace, but not in complacency.
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2 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

To celebrate #Eid (which marks the end of Ramadan), the Africa Federation invited children to design thank-you cards for the world's healthcare heroes. Here are the winning designs. It's the final post that moves me the most.

#eidmubarak to all of you and boundless gratitude to front-liners everywhere. As Alicia Keys would attest: Good job. And God bless.
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1 month ago

Irshad Manji

My Uncle Murtaza, the shining light of our family, has passed away. Murtaza worked as an English translator for (mostly) U.S. military officers at a hospital in Brussels. That's where he contracted Covid-19.

In his final moments, Murtaza's coworkers surrounded him and held his hand. For me, there's comfort in knowing that he didn't die alone.

While my family's collective heart is shattered, between the shards is plenty of room for thanks to all the frontline healthcare workers, everywhere, who are daily risking their lives to save lives. What radiant examples of moral courage they are!

I was trying to enroll Uncle Murtaza in a clinical trial for the anti-viral drug, remdesivir. Although my efforts came too late, I urge you all to advocate for your Covid-stricken loved ones by asking their physicians to consider remdesivir as a treatment.

Physicians can find out more by calling the company's medical information department at (+1) 866-633-4474 (M-F, 9 am-7 pm ET) and/or email the company at [email protected] (Gilead is the manufacturer.)

For now, please put in one final prayer or thought for Uncle Murtaza's painless transition to his new home, where peace abounds. Blessings to him and blessings to you.
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2 months ago

Irshad Manji

Uncle Update: My Uncle Murtaza is still in coma yet stubbornly clinging to life, as is his friend, Jeff. Both are too full of joie de vivre to leave us.

But they're not improving either. I'm now inquiring about how to get these hardy souls into clinical trials for the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, which could be their last hope. If I succeed, I’ll share all relevant info here so that you can advocate for your own loved ones.

My family and I remain utterly thankful for your healing thoughts. Without them, I don't know that Jeff and Murtaza would still be alive. Blessings to one and all.
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Covid taught me a lesson
Covid taught me a lesson

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 ...

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 ...

Constructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict

posted on: February 15, 2019

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 ...

Elie Wiesel, Border-Buster
Elie Wiesel, Border-Buster

posted on: February 10, 2019

As I prepare to embark on my next book tour, my mind returns to a previous tour and the wonderful friends I made on it. One of them: Elie Wiesel. To the public, he was the Nobel prize-winning author, human...Continue reading ...

These nurses are heading straight to protests after their shifts to support injured #BlackLivesMatter protesters ... https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/nurses-treat-injured-black-lives-matter-protesters

“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image.” ... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/hospitals-tell-doctors-they-ll-be-fired-if-they-talk-to-press

In politics, not everybody who disagrees with you is misinformed.

But in a pandemic, misinformation is real -- and it can kill. Follow @WHO and @CDCgov for accurate info.

Let's have the courage to ... face the facts.

Every morning I go in early and make this for my patients...to ride the trains etc..homemade wipes with Alcohol and fresh Aloe on baby wipes..masks /gloves all bagged...because there is none anywhere ... in stores + they have impaired immune systems + they need protection #Covid_19

3 days ago

Moral Courage
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1 week ago

Moral Courage

We're excited to share this amazing new music video from our friend Genesis Be, encouraging us to practice moral courage by refusing to give in to the cynicism in our own egos! ... See MoreSee Less

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