Many activists snap, “It’s not my job to educate. I’m exhausted.” Then take a break. I did. And I discovered that our ever-dynamic world didn’t grind to a halt when I stepped back. The ... lesson: humility. Are we afraid to admit that we’re not needed in every moment? #IGotWokeWhen

#Thanksgiving, as it should be. Have an edifying one! #AnimalRights

In her @Quillette podcast w @jonkay, author @meghan_daum (#TheProblemWithEverything) says, "Anything that is true is complicated. Anything that is true is going to make you feel conflicted in some ... way." This, my friends, is the case for having the #courage of your confusions.

After speaking in #yyc, I was gifted sthg unexpected: a pouch worn by #INDIGENOUS women 2 carry flint & create fire. See the turtle 🐢 on it? That’s because I’m a newcomer to Turtle Island -... “North America” - and my hosts wanted to welcome me. #refugee #immigrant @HillhurstUnited

Hey #Calgary: I’m on the @RobBreakenridge Show to promote tonight’s big event at @HillhurstUnited Church. Join me — I promise more surprises, and way fewer punts, than #GreyCup107...

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Irshad Manji

After speaking in Calgary, Alberta, I was gifted something unexpected: a traditional pouch worn by women to carry the flint to create fires. Tony Snow, a local Indigenous leader, told the audience, "We see Irshad as a fire-starter -- not in the incendiary way but in the way she is sparking new ideas, building a light that emits the warmth to draw communities together."

Notice the turtle on the pouch? Tony explained: "Irshad is a newcomer to Turtle Island" -- North America -- "and we want to welcome her." This refugee has never felt so proud yet so humbled. Thank you The HUB - Hillhurst United Church for hosting me!

Artist credit: Pouch made in the Nehiyaw/Cree way by Yvonne Jobin, her daughter, and her niece. More: Moonstone Creation Native Gallery and Gift Shop.
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2 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

"Here kid, pull my beard..." I'm in Calgary with Santa -- er, talk show host Shane Hewitt of Global News Radio 770 CHQR. He and I invite invite you to "Lose the Labels"(but keep the facial hair, mine included) TONIGHT at Hillhurst United Church, 1227 Kensington Close NW. The fun starts at 7 pm.

I promise you more surprises and way fewer punts than Sunday's Grey Cup game...
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2 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

Vancouver-area fans and friends! On Sunday morning, November 24, I'll be speaking at 49th and Oak. My theme: "Don't Label Me: A Modest Proposal for How to Engage in a Time of Outrage." Yeah, small stuff.

Ask your question, buy a book, and get it autographed. (Great Christmas gift, don't you think?) Or we can just talk at the cookie & coffee reception.

Start time: 11 am
Host: Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver
Address: 949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak)
More info: vancouverunitarians.ca/

Now if you'll excuse me, my sister and I have another nature walk to do. This was us on our previous walk -- framed by the majestic mountains of North Vancouver.
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4 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

“Sacrifice” is a word that my consumer-driven generation has seen demeaned. At its richest, a sacrifice is made not to get something later, but because it’s the right thing to do given the stakes involved. Deep gratitude to all vets in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

Irshad Manji

Today, at a conference about diversity in schools, I said: If we start with a sincere commitment to diversity of *viewpoint*, then diverse demographics will follow. But if we start with demographics, then we're instantly dividing people. An educator called this "bullshit." Should I feel unsafe? I don't. Here's to more! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Irshad Manji

NYC fans & friends! On Monday, Nov 11, I'll headline Labels, Learning, and Love, a public convo about how to pull ourselves out of identity politics so we can be seen for all that we are: plurals! (Even my "old blind" dog, Lily, was a plural -- I'll explain at the event.)

Your ticket includes a copy of my latest book, Don't Label Me. Let's talk at the reception afterwards. Register here: conta.cc/2qtGbb7. See ya there?
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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 ...

Today, the #impeachment case against You-Know-Who became that much more unimpeachable. Today, too, #Bibi was indicted on corruption charges. Let today go down in history as having breathed a flame ... into humanity’s flickering torch of justice. #TheyGotCaught

“Justice without humility becomes a form of cruelty.”
- @IrshadManji #moralcourage

This isn’t naive. It’s strategic. The iron-clad law of human psychology is: If you want to be heard, you must first be willing to hear. Lower your Other’s defenses by engaging & empathizing.... Your activism will have deeper impact than by shaming. Learn more on Nov 11 in NYC.👇🏽 https://t.co/lzviQS0LD0

Today is the 47th anniversary of my family’s arrival in #Canada as #refugees. And this is the poster on the supermarket window in my #NYC neigborhood. Some values are timeless. Some ideals are ... universal.

CDC whistleblower says he was told not to use phrase "climate change":

https://t.co/9ndIRUJKgJ

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Moral Courage

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1 month ago

Moral Courage

"Dr. Luber still works at the CDC, but potentially faces up to a four-month suspension. He has to work from home, where he reviews scientific papers unrelated to climate change.

He told Strassmann, 'I do not want media attention, I never did with this. Let me do my work.'"

CDC whistleblower says he was told not to use phrase "climate change" after Trump elected
Dr. George Luber, who was head of CDC's climate and health program, tells CBS News the agency walked away from climate change research over fears of antagonizing the White House
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4 months ago

Moral Courage

Mississippi's governor's race is heating up. But while the politicians are debating the flag issue, here's an example of how people on the ground can get real with each other, discuss and make change: ... See MoreSee Less

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