Thandie Newton attends the 2016 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 25, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.


Dear Non-Muslim Allies,


Dear Non-Muslim Allies,

I am writing to you because it has gotten just that bad. I have found myself telling too many people about the advice given to me years ago by the late composer Herbert Brun, a German Jew who fled Germany at the age of 15: “be sure that your passport is in order.” It’s not enough to laugh at Donald Trump anymore. The rhetoric about Muslims has gotten so nasty, and is everywhere, on every channel, every newsfeed. It is clearly fueling daily events of targeted violence, vandalism, vigilante harassment, discrimination. I want you to know that it has gotten bad enough that my family and I talk about what to keep on hand if we need to leave quickly, and where we should go, maybe if the election goes the wrong way, or if folks get stirred up enough to be dangerous before the election. When things seem less scary, we talk about a five or a ten year plan to go somewhere where cops don’t carry guns and hate speech isn’t allowed on network television. And if you don’t already know this about me, I want you to know that I was born in this country. I have lived my whole life in this country. I have spent my entire adult life working to help the poor, the disabled and the dispossessed access the legal system in this country. And I want you to know that I am devoutly and proudly Muslim.

I am writing this in response to a non Muslim friend’s question about what she can do. Because there is much that can be done in solidarity:

If you see a Muslim or someone who might be identified as Muslim being harassed, stop, say something, intervene, call for help.

If you ride public transportation, sit next to the hijabi woman and say asalam ‘alaykum (That means ‘peace to you.’). Don’t worry about mispronouncing it; she won’t care. Just say “peace” if you like. She’ll smile; smile back. If you feel like it, start a conversation. If you don’t, sit there and make sure no one harasses her.

If you have a Muslim work colleague, check in. Tell them that the news is horrifying and you want them to know you’re there for them.

If you have neighbors who are Muslim, keep an eye out for them. If you’re walking your kids home from the bus stop, invite their kids to walk with you.

Talk to your kids. They’re picking up on the anti-Muslim message. Make sure they know how you feel and talk to them about what they can do when they see bullying or hear hate speech at school.

Call out hate speech when you hear it—if it incites hatred or violence against a specified group, call it out: in your living room, at work, with friends, in public. It is most important that you do this among folks who may not know a Muslim.

Set up a “learn about Islam” forum at your book club, school, congregation, dinner club. Call your state CAIR organization, interfaith group or local mosque and see if there is someone who has speaking experience and could come and answer questions about Islam and American Muslims for your group. They won’t be offended. They will want the opportunity to do something to dispel the nastiness.

Write Op Eds and articles saying how deplorable the anti-Muslim rhetoric has gotten and voice your support for Muslim Americans in whatever way you can.

Call your state and local representatives, let them know that you are concerned about hate speech against your Muslim friends and neighbors in politics and the media, that it is unacceptable and you want them to call it out whenever they hear it, on your behalf.

Out yourself as someone who won’t stand for Islamophobia, or will stand with Muslims—there is an awful lot of hate filling the airways, and there are an awful lot of people with access to the media and/or authority stirring the pot about Muslims. Please help fill that space with support instead. Post, write, use your profile picture or blog to voice your support.

Ask me anything. Really. Engage the Muslims in your life. Make sure you really feel comfortable standing for and with your Muslim friends, neighbors, coworkers.

I can tell you that in addition to the very real threat to their civil and human rights that Muslims are facing, we are dealing with a tremendous amount of anxiety. While we, many of us, rely on our faith to stay strong, we are human. This is not an easy time. What you do will mean everything to the Muslim Americans around you. Thank you for reading and bless you in your efforts. Share freely.

Sofia Ali-Khan, 7 December 2015

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I once saw someone point out something I hadn’t really considered before- libraries are one of the only places that are warm and dry where you can stay for long periods of time if you have no money. If you’re someone with nowhere to go during the daytime, they provide a safe environment in which to keep a roof over your head for a while- and all while you can access information.

So yes. This.

It’s weird…libraries almost feel /wrong/ now. It’s like I walk in and think “This is great…where do I put my money?”

I used to work on a campus library and if you want someplace to put your money, so to speak, make sure you put books back in the designated areas. I know you think you’re being helpful by reshelving, but even if you pull something out to read a couple paragraphs just stick it in the basket for things you didn’t want. I don’t care if you know EXACTLY where you are. In academic libraries (at least in Texas) our funding was determined by how many books people looked at. So we got additional funding based on books not being reshelved. If there’s a designated shelf/basket for things you don’t want, stick things in it!

What @standbyyourmantis said about not reshelving is true for public libraries, too. Our funding is dictated largely by how ‘used’ we are, so we scan all the items that are laying about as In House Use. That, tied with Reference Count and Door Counter numbers (we have to manually put in the time we take for references) to prove we’re providing a needed service.
We also have to count the number of people who come for our programs, which not only helps funding but shows that the programming/services are needed, as well.
So, basically, if you want to feel like you’re making sure we’re getting paid and staying around, keep these in mind.

I didn’t know that’s why you’re not supposed to reshelf!

Oh my gosh! Not reshelving books is super important and everyone needs to know this.

Holy shit I had no idea

All right Bernie supporters, there’s a lot happening in FEBRUARY:


Primary Calendar for February. Here are all the important dates happening in February, both the primaries and the dates by which you must be registered. If you live in any of the below listed states, pay attention.

Alabama – Tuesday, March 1st (register by February 19th)

Arizona – Tuesday, March 22nd ***% (register by February 22nd)

Florida – Tuesday, March 15th *** (register by February 16th)

Georgia – Tuesday, March 1st (register by February 1st)

Hawaii – Saturday, March 26th *~* #

(register by February 25th) (March 8 is the GOP primary)

Illinois – Tuesday, March 15th *~* #%

(register by February 16th)

Iowa Monday, February 1st *~* # (can register day of!)

Louisiana – Saturday, March 5th ***% (register by February 4th)

Maine – Sunday, March 6th *** (register by February 14th) (UNCONFIRMED)

Massachusetts – Tuesday, March 1st *~* (register by February 10th)

Michigan – Tuesday, March 8th

(register by February 7th)

Minnesota – Tuesday, March 1st % (register by February 9th)

Mississippi – Tuesday, March 8th

(register by February 7th)

Missouri – Tuesday, March 15th %

(register by February 17th)

Nebraska – Saturday, March 5th *** (register by February 19th) (May 10 is GOP primary)

NevadaSaturday, February 20th ***% (register by January 20th) (Feb 23 is GOP primary)

New HampshireTuesday, February 9th *~* #

(register by January 30th)

North Carolina – Tuesday, March 15th *~* (register by February 5th) (CONFLICTING INFO on internet, if you live in NC double check)

Ohio – Tuesday, March 15th *~* (register by February 14th)

Oklahoma – Tuesday, March 1st *~* (register by February 5th)

South CarolinaSaturday, February 27th %

(register by January 28th) (do not be fooled by the Feb 20 date, that is the GOP primary)

Utah – Tuesday, March 22nd *~*% (register by February 21st)

Vermont – Tuesday, March 1st

(register by February 24th)

Virginia – Tuesday, March 1st (register by February 8th)

*** Some states are CLOSED meaning you MUST be registered as DEMOCRAT by the date’s i’ve listed to vote for Bernie.
*~* Some states are SEMI-CLOSED meaning you must be registed as DEMOCRAT or UNDECLARED to vote for Bernie.
# means you can register or switch parties the day of voting at the voting station.

% means I have reason to believe you can register online.

Info from user raggedick and double-checked against the official primary calendar