8th Shahadaversary

Eight years ago today, I stood in the front of The Muslim Unity Center‘s banquet hall and said the Shahada (testimony of faith) and became Muslim.   I didn’t tell any of my friends that I was going to do it. I didn’t tell my family. Nobody knew it was coming except for Imam Almasmari, … More 8th Shahadaversary

Making Activism Accessible

This weekend, Detroit hosted the third The Untokening conference (the first two were in Atlanta and Los Angeles). The short description of The Untokening is “a multiracial collective committed to the ongoing process of centering the realities of the most marginalized communities in mobility advocacy, policy, and planning.” How are these marginalized communities identified? Race, … More Making Activism Accessible

Freedom and Mobility

One year ago today, I was discharged. I could finally go out into the world again – go back to my activities, work, get my master’s degree, and see my friends! Sounds simple, right? For those of you who don’t know, I was quite literally run over by a Mack truck. As in, I actually … More Freedom and Mobility

Amanda Takes the Bus

I’ve lived in Metro-Detroit my whole life. I work downtown. I spend the vast majority of my time in the stretch of I94 between Hamtramck and Dearborn. I consider myself to be an advocate of public transportation, and simultaneously despise driving for a plethora of other reasons. I’ve objectively known*1 that public transportation in Detroit … More Amanda Takes the Bus