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Not For Your Orientalist Gaze

“The purpose of this zine is build upon the presence of existing Queer Muslim artists, spaces, and movements. The resources compiled here were found in early 2018. Since then, Queer Muslim communities and spaces have continued to flourish and build; thus, all that exists could not be encapsulated here. The hope is that this work can be useful and validating for those who can “come out” in their communities, as well as for those who are more comfortable “inviting in.” Thank you to the artists and brave interviewees for their presence and grace.” — Rumsha Sajid A PDF version of Not For Your Orientalist Gaze can be found here.

Raising a Brown Baby in the Age of Trump

By Patricia Valoy, Science and Social Justice, Contributing Editor

There is very little that an 11-week-old baby needs, but I find myself ordering a poster on immigration for my baby daughter’s room. I tell myself that she needs to be raised seeing political art by people of color, because I want her to know that her people, Black and Brown people, are valuable. I do a lot of that these days, finding ways to teach my baby about the world I have brought her into and ease her into the activism that I am so engrossed in. My daughter doesn’t talk yet. My parenting doesn’t extend beyond breastfeeding and diaper changes. And still, I think it’s important that I learn how to raise a baby in the age of Trump.

The Cause That Is Care

By William C. Anderson

During the intense final moments of my mother’s life, I learned the intricate truths of the cause that is care. Dedicating myself to my mom’s caretaking helped me develop my own understanding of praxis. How we choose to live our lives is a reflection of our everyday politics. Care, simply put, is how we meet the needs of those we cherish in our families, communities, and the greater world we live in. Being tied to someone for the sake of helping them maintain their life, safety, and security is something many people may avoid doing. Others often feel compelled to care for loved ones, sometimes because we have no other choice but to do so, but also because we want to be there for for our loved ones in times of hardship and sickness.

On Having a Brown Baby in the Age of Trump

By Patricia Valoy, Science and Social Justice, Contributing Editor

These days I spend a lot of time preparing. Most people call the time when parents-to-be spend hours on end cleaning and organizing for a new baby “nesting,” but I’m doing so much more than that. Between folding baby clothes, creating space for baby gear, and buying things I’ll need for after the birth, I wonder and worry about how I will manage to raise a Brown baby in the age of Trump.

TimeBanking: A Revolutionary Model for Building Community Resilience

By Bailey Mead, Praxis Managing Editor

In this new political climate which brings daily assaults to the vitality of our communities and the safety and wellbeing of ourselves and our neighbors, knowing who you can trust and who you can call on feels more important than ever before. We’ve seen our neighbors terrorized in recent weeks by ICE raids and the Muslim Ban during just the first month of the Trump administration. In this time when many may be afraid to take bold actions to protect their neighbors, it is imperative to build solidarity between communities, and especially with immigrant communities. We need each other, but what if we don’t know each other? Or maybe we know each other, but how do we begin to work together? Our survival requires active resistance, but our future requires us to simultaneously build resilience and create sustainable new ways of being that allow all of us to live and thrive. We know that effective resistance requires connection, and connection helps build resilience. So how do we truly connect?

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