Shortly after taking office in 2014, New York City Mayor de Blasio has reaffirmed his plans to close NYC public schools for the two Muslim holidays of Eid, stating that we must “respect Muslim faiths.” While this move is being embraced by Muslim families and community, the same community has been subjected to grave violation of their rights by the city under the NYPD’s ongoing mass surveillance of mosques, Muslim businesses and organizations. A federal judge in NJ recently ruled this practice as being constitutional; however, another lawsuit has been filed in NY challenging this practice.
Ryan Mahoney is the Board President of the New York Chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is an activist, a technologist and an educator. As an activist, he has played a key role in national campaigns that combat Islamophobia and promote unity. In 2010, he founded Virtue Center for Art & Technology, a company whose mission is to technologically enable the non-profits and organizations that are positioned to make the most positive impact on the world.
Trish Salah's highly-acclaimed first collection of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, received much attention after its release in 2002, and was re-issued in 2013. Considered a "refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories," her poems evoke questions around transpoetics, nostalgia, and diasporic Arab identity in North America. Most recently, her second edition has been nominated for this year's Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Fiction. APF had a chance to speak with Trish Salah about the political potential of poetry and language, and to hear about her upcoming projects.
Trish Salah is a feminist writer and is currently assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Her first book, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR in 2002 and launched in a new edition in 2013. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, focused on Trans* Cultural Production, out in 2014, as is her new book, Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1