Changemaker: Linda Sarsour

Presenting the 2017 recipients of our annual American Courage Awards

On October 5, 2017, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC will celebrate our annual American Courage Awards, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate individuals, groups, and corporations for their commitment and contributions to civil rights.

The Changemaker award honors an individual, company, or organization who is a catalyst for change and whose leadership has inspired action that has led to change on a local or national level that benefits Asian American communities. This year, we honor the inspiring civil rights community organizer and activist, Linda Sarsour.

Sarsour came into the spotlight this past January for co-chairing the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., the largest single day protest in U.S. history. However, Sarsour has long been outspoken and active in leading social justice organizations such as the Arab American Association of New York, MPOWER Change, Muslims for Ferguson, and the March2Justice.

Sarsour’s ability to organize large and effective movements, and her outstanding dedication to social justice in the face of xenophobic, racist, and misogynistic political discourse, has inspired multitudes of young activists to speak truth to power and stand in solidarity with other targeted communities.

A Palestinian Muslim American, Sarsour shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She has built coalitions across intersecting lines of racial, ethnic, and religious communities.

Linda Sarsour inspires us to lead with our values, challenge ourselves and our movements to be more inclusive and intersectional, and to continue to speak out even in the face of great obstacles.

Join us October 5, 2017 to recognize Linda Sarsour and our other honorees, celebrate our victories, and strengthen our resolve for the work ahead.