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We’re in This Together: A Young Readers Edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

Written by Linda Sarsour
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, and keep my head held high because I am not afraid.

On January 21, 2017, Linda Sarsour stood in the National Mall to deliver a speech that would go down in history. A crowd of over 470,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to advocate for legislation, policy, and the protection of women’s rights—with Linda, a Muslim American activist from Brooklyn, leading the charge, unapologetic and unafraid.

In this middle grade edition of We Are Not Here to be Bystanders, Linda shares the memories that shaped her into the activist she is today, and how these pivotal moments in her life led her to being an organizer in one of the largest single-day protests in US history. From the Brooklyn bodega her father owned to the streets of Washington, DC, Linda’s story as a daughter of Palestinian immigrants is a moving portrayal of what it means to find your voice in your youth and use it for the good of others as an adult.

Primary ISBN: 9781534439290
Publication Date: November 2022
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Middle Grade , Memoir , Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States (Washington DC, NYC), Palestine,

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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Organizer Linda Sarsour’s Speech at Women’s March on Washington