We all stood together for Syria
We all stood together for Ukraine
We all stood together for Gaza
We all stood together for Ferguson
It’s time we stand together for Pakistan, and spread what’s happening there like wildfire. Don’t let people forget that the citizens of Pakistan are so much more than what we’re portrayed as in the negative light. Make sure everyone KNOWS what the Pakistani protestors are doing right now and the cause they’re fighting for.
I am moving from new york city to woodbridge, virginia in 12 days and I cannot describe the heaviness I feel in my heart. I am so happy that I am finally going to be living with the man I love, but moving from the city of lights, the concrete jungle, to a small suburb in virginia seems like a punishment. nothing makes me feel better about myself than knowing that I live in a city that people dream of visiting. at a moment’s notice, I can go to central park and read for hours, or walk around for hours, without even leaving the park. if I want to, I can go to union square and pay $3 for a quality book at The Strand. I have the oppurtunity to meet amazing people, like Jhumpa Lahiri, who I did meet at a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, one of the biggest in the country. The time I was walking around Union Square with my friends and found out they had just bumped into Matt Bomer while I was on my phone solidified my belief that NYC is remarkable. I took a memoir class at Hunter College taught by Nancy Milford, author of Zelda: A Biography, and also the recipient of awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts. I can take a train to any place in the city, and if I get lost, I can find my way back within ten minutes. Like when I was going to Columbia University to see a stand up comedy act performed by Muslim comedians, which was amazing, and I ended up in Brighton Beach. I was scared as fuck, but later, when I was home safe, I realized how truly awesome that experience was. I’m not even making any sense right now but my point is, I love New York. I’m sad that there’s a high chance that my children won’t be raised in this diverse city, and I’m scared I’ll forget where I came from. So many people pray to live in this city and I’m walking away from it and I don’t know if I’m making the right choice. All I know is that I can never thank Allah (swt) enough for letting me grow up here and for everything I’ve been blessed with while living here.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.