Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Art is the Freedom to Paint White Roses for Family Friends and Foes

To Doug Brinkman 
From Sadaf 
May 20, 2015 

Re-Coffee with Linda Duncan, 
To Celebrate Rachel Notley's Win 
Rossdale Community Hall, Edmonton 

I too was at the meeting tonight and as a Muslim woman was appalled that you were asked to leave. This was obviously not a woman’s only event and no woman there (Muslim or not) should have felt threatened by your (or any male) presence. Those of us who choose to cover in front of men were covered and those who choose not to sit by or speak to men had plenty of opportunity to exercise their right by sitting elsewhere. As a mother of three sons I teach my boys to stand up for all women and their rights, how would they do this if we alienated them from the issues that affect women? I don’t know the reasons the one person had to ask you to be removed and I cannot judge, but I am very sorry you had to go through this! I hope this event does not stop you from attending future events or impression you to think Muslim women are closed minded or unapproachable to discuss important matters such as our freedoms. Sadaf

May 2016, Federal NDP Convention: 3 day picket the NDP for policies on equality to include whites, males and non Muslims. The NDP convention organizers later threatened police action against me for picketing outside the front doors of the Convention center. They created bubble zone where I could protest and has security usher me away a block from their NDP convention front doors. I received support on my picket line from mostly folks of different races and Muslim religion NDP delegates who understood that equality must include all people no matter what race, beliefs or sex. During my picket I was often called a racist by mostly young white women. David Shepherd my Edmonton Center MLA said that white people can never know how racism feels. When I was about to share my own experiences of racism with David... he refused to LISTEN and walked away. 

 April 2019 Press Pass Picket everyday outside David Shepherd's campaign office. 

Me and Linda Duncan are good now, summer 2016. A Truly wonderful woman.

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Stand Up for your Rights!
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