Mariam Elmagrissy

Berkeley, CA

Why is important now to continue to fight for human rights?

Human rights and democracy belong to everyone – that means if you’re a student, an engineer, 80 years old, 18 years old, or simply alive, you have a stake in this movement. There is no limitation to jumping into a field that relies upon one premise: the ability to empathize with other human beings.

What are you doing to stop policies like the Muslim Ban?

Standing with my Muslim brothers and sisters; supporting their leadership and truth; choosing unity over division, and showing up in solidarity – every single day.

How can we combat hate and xenophobia in our local communities?

By bringing the story of victims and defenders to the forefront, one person at a time. Xenophobia, hate, and racism don’t stand a chance in the face of the truth of the individuals we champion.