35 min

Move Slow and Fix Things (with Esra’a Al Shafei‪)‬ How To Citizen with Baratunde

    • Society & Culture

Esra’a is a Bahrani human rights activist and founder of Majal, a multiplatform organization that amplifies underrepresented voices in the Middle East and North Africa. She works collaboratively with technologists and designers across the world to create alternative digital spaces that are safe from censorship and trolling. Utilizing gamification and music, Majal’s platforms offer a safe space for people who face persecution based on their identity and politics.

Guest: Esra’a Al Shafei
Bio: Founder of Majal, Migrant Rights, and Mideast Tunes; civil rights activist dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in the Middle East. 
Online: Majal website; @ealshafei on Twitter

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ACTIONS
 
- PERSONALLY REFLECT 
Personal Security
When have you felt concerned for your safety and security online? What features online made you feel vulnerable or exposed? Was it something you could control or was it outside of your control? If you’ve never felt insecure on online platforms, why do you think that is?
 
- BECOME INFORMED
Question Scale in Philanthropy
Check out Majal.org and look at the platforms they operate. 
When you are engaging with nonprofits and philanthropy, look at who founded and runs the groups you support or amplify. Find ones that are run by those closest to the problem, which are often people from marginalized communities. Start your learning journey by reading Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva. 
 
- PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE
Challenge the philanthropic norms. 
Instead of supporting large organizations that emphasize scalability and unsustainable growth, consider getting as local and grassroots as you can in terms of your time and resources. Often smaller, on-the-ground, and grassroots organizations have a more direct impact despite far fewer resources. And make the How To Citizen community look good: donate over at Majal.org so they can keep supporting the important platforms serving activists and LGBTQ youth in the Middle East. 
 

MORE WAYS TO CONNECT & SUPPORT

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Find us at @howtocitizen on Instagram and tag us in your actions.
Visit our non-Bezos bookshop. 
Subscribe to Baratunde's weekly Recommentunde Newsletter, his column on Puck, or you can even text him right now at 202-894-8844

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Esra’a is a Bahrani human rights activist and founder of Majal, a multiplatform organization that amplifies underrepresented voices in the Middle East and North Africa. She works collaboratively with technologists and designers across the world to create alternative digital spaces that are safe from censorship and trolling. Utilizing gamification and music, Majal’s platforms offer a safe space for people who face persecution based on their identity and politics.

Guest: Esra’a Al Shafei
Bio: Founder of Majal, Migrant Rights, and Mideast Tunes; civil rights activist dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ youth in the Middle East. 
Online: Majal website; @ealshafei on Twitter

Go to howtocitizen.com for transcripts, our email newsletter, and your citizen practice.

ACTIONS
 
- PERSONALLY REFLECT 
Personal Security
When have you felt concerned for your safety and security online? What features online made you feel vulnerable or exposed? Was it something you could control or was it outside of your control? If you’ve never felt insecure on online platforms, why do you think that is?
 
- BECOME INFORMED
Question Scale in Philanthropy
Check out Majal.org and look at the platforms they operate. 
When you are engaging with nonprofits and philanthropy, look at who founded and runs the groups you support or amplify. Find ones that are run by those closest to the problem, which are often people from marginalized communities. Start your learning journey by reading Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva. 
 
- PUBLICLY PARTICIPATE
Challenge the philanthropic norms. 
Instead of supporting large organizations that emphasize scalability and unsustainable growth, consider getting as local and grassroots as you can in terms of your time and resources. Often smaller, on-the-ground, and grassroots organizations have a more direct impact despite far fewer resources. And make the How To Citizen community look good: donate over at Majal.org so they can keep supporting the important platforms serving activists and LGBTQ youth in the Middle East. 
 

MORE WAYS TO CONNECT & SUPPORT

Leave a review and rating. It makes a huge difference with the algorithmic overlords!
Find us at @howtocitizen on Instagram and tag us in your actions.
Visit our non-Bezos bookshop. 
Subscribe to Baratunde's weekly Recommentunde Newsletter, his column on Puck, or you can even text him right now at 202-894-8844

Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35 min

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