Join FPIF and Teaching for Change Bookstore for a talk and book signing with Alia Malek, author of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice. Alia’s book seeks to tell the life stories of the innocent men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the “war on terror.” As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, this collection of narratives gives voice to the people who have had their human rights violated here in the U.S. by post-9/11 policies and actions. Among the narrators: Young men of Arab, Muslim, South Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, who were arrested and detained or singled out for voluntary interviews because of their national origin or religion. Scholars who have been blacklisted or subjected to interrogation for their research or writings on Islam and related topics. Muslim women who have suffered from job discrimination, harassment, and assault for wearing a veil or similar head covering.
Alia Malek is a lawyer, journalist, civil rights activist, and author with degrees in both law and journalism. Her reportage has appeared in The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, WashingtonPost.com, and The New York Times. She continues to work with Lawyers Committee on Election Protection, running efforts in Memphis, Tennessee (November 2006) and Columbus, Ohio (November 2008). Her first book was A Country Called Amreeka.