In 2008 Rashida Tlaib became the first muslim Palestinian woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature. She served three terms.
Rashida is currently running for Congress in Michigan’s 13th District. There are no republican’s running for this seat, so Tlaib will be the first muslim Palestinian U.S. Congresswoman.
It’s no secret that Linda Sarsour has been campaigning for Rashida, but what most don’t know is that Linda Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib have been friends for over 15 years and Linda Says Rashida is her mentor.
In a 2011 interview with Linda Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib, Linda says that Rashida is her friend, mentor and role model.
In a Facebook post from 2008, Linda Sarsour posted a photo of herself with Rashida Tlaib and Rashida’s child. Linda wrote: “Rashida…..this woman is kick ass…that is why i love her and that is her baby!!” Rashida replied in the comment section: “I love you too chica! thanks for sharing the pics. We are two moms that kick ass in fighting for social justice!”
In a more recent Facebook post from August, Sarsour wrote:
When I met Rashida Tlaib 15 years ago – she was everything I wanted to be. She was a fighter, never backed down and was unapologetically Palestinian American and Muslim. When she called me months ago after Conyer resigned and said she wanted to run for Congress, without hesitation I said “OF COURSE. DO IT. You were made for this.” We had talked about it for years and Rashida was always ready. She’s the hardest working candidate I have ever seen. She’s knocked on more doors than anyone can count. She is authentic and true and she’s gonna give them HELL in DC.
Today I had the privilege to call my children who are spending the summer in Palestine to tell them that Uncle Abdul made us proud although he didn’t win his race and that he will stay involved and I’ll get to work with him soon. AND Auntie Rashida WON and she will be the first Palestinian and Muslim American woman to go to the US Congress.
If Linda Sarsour’s mentor being in Congress does not worry you, you need to wake up!