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Say No to Hate: Saira Raza

The list is long and it’s all really important. But most of the things on that list have a root cause, and I think it’s greed. People’s desire for power and wealth outweighs their humanity and their ability to see humanity in others.

Also known as Sister Sai, Saira Raza is a musician, artist, and producer.

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Saira Raza: Where do I even begin — the list is long and it’s all really important. But most of the things on that list have a root cause, and I think it’s greed. People’s desire for power and wealth outweighs their humanity and their ability to see humanity in others. It’s the only way to make sense of a world where the justice system doesn’t hold murderers accountable because they wear a specific uniform, or where a person can’t be treated for an illness because there’s no profit involved. To me, that shows a lack of humanity.

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Saira Raza: An education in compassion and a true spiritual shift. Our species thrives off of emotion, so all of the various modes that we use to express ourselves — writing, protesting, conversations, art, music — are all part of a negotiation to have others see and feel our points of view. I don’t know that I can say there’s a best way. I think each person just needs to find the way that works for them, and then actually do it. We’re talking about consciousness shifting, and that’s not something you can just flip on and off with a switch. But I think one important way is for people to continue sharing their stories, and for those in positions of privilege to make more room for those voices that are unheard and underrepresented.

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Saira Raza: It’s an absolutely essential part of creating social change, especially when people in power are abusing their roles for their own benefit. Disrupting the day-to-day, making noise, demonstrating solidarity — I don’t think this will ever get old or irrelevant. The fact that many protesters are met with such violent opposition from the state only proves the point.

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Saira Raza: I think about leaving social media every day. I don’t think it’s unhelpful, but I think my opinion is biased because of my own issues with it right now (feeling a little too “sucked in” sometimes). The social media platforms we use are publicly-traded companies that need to deliver profits to their shareholders. So while the platforms are helpful, they’re not neutral, and that raises a lot of flags for me. Use with caution.

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Saira Raza: Black Lives Matter and the Housing Justice League are two organizations that come to mind. Arts organizations tend to get involved too: WonderRoot and C4 are a couple off the top of my head.

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Saira Raza: Keeping up with pending legislative bills, city ordinances, etc. and contacting representatives to express opinions and concerns about them. Voting, especially for local issues. Have direct conversations with people in your family or friends circle who could use a more compassionate worldview. Avoid spending money with brands/companies that support bigoted ideas. Activists/advocates/storytellers: Take sweet and tender care of yourselves, please.




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