Kamal Fizazi Profile picture
Activist/lawyer/policy wonk He/him / they/them RT≠endorsement #diversity #inclusion #equity #identity #belonging #humanrights #health #gender #law #interfaith
Mar 31, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
Today I was reminded that even our friends hold / promote #Islamophobia + Islamophobic tropes (a “liberal,” gay, Jewish, well educated + traveled doctor). cnn.com/2021/09/11/us/… As @DMogahed says, “‘Fear kills freedom, so Islamophobia is bad for democracy, not just Muslims.’”

#Islamophobia, subtle or overt, latent or virulent, is not a friend.

Excise it, don’t excuse it.

Jan 11, 2023 9 tweets 10 min read
.@blakehounshell’s death by suicide after battling depression spotlights broader issues: as a culture, we stigmatize #mentalillness + laud stoicism (or #toxicmasculinity?). #RIPBlakeHounshell + basic #ableism centering identity on work and productivity. Normalize telling your friends and family when you’re not ok. Normalize telling your caregivers. Normalize taking a break. Normalize asking for help, normalize receiving it. #RIPBlakeHounsell
Jan 9, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
“NYC’s private sector hospitals are run more like private equity firms than the nonprofits they’re meant to be. They lavish their executives with six- and seven-figure salaries and bonuses…”

nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope… via @NYDailyNews #NYCNurseStrike “they jack up fees for services, and they prioritize their bottom line above patient care.

Hospital executives seem to forget that their mission is to provide quality care to the community. Nurses are here to remind them.”

nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope… @NYDailyNews #NYCNurseStrike
Jan 8, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
My 30’s and 40’s I lost 100+ people to suicide, overdose, etc. I remember a #LGBTQ+ fellow organizer grieving with me about @brandonlacycamp — that was 10 years ago. It was her first such loss. Not mine by far (tho he was a bestie so it was brutal). Our #LGBTQ communities (plural) are diverse. We don’t live identical lives or have the same struggles. We each have our own journeys, facing hate + bigotry. Trauma. Homelessness. Murder. Sexual violence. Chaotic drug and alcohol use.
Oct 8, 2022 7 tweets 4 min read
My mom or one of her relatives from Crete gave me a tiny silver labrys (or pelekys / πέλεκυς). I later learned lesbians claimed the symbol too.

Happy #InternationalLesbianDay! I don’t remember learning that the pelekys also was the symbol of the fascist Metaxas, as it is an ancient Hellenic (actually — Minoan) symbol. metaxas-project.com/doube-axe-labr…
Oct 8, 2022 4 tweets 6 min read
Imagine being born in a secular #democracy & agitating, organizing, & pursuing establishment of a #theocracy — claiming ‘persecution’ bc a majority want to keep Church & State separate. #USA #religiousliberty #Christian #Christianist #DefendDemocracy @americansunited @RNS Clearly we don’t all agree on who the ‘us’ is in #USA, who belongs, who matters, who should vote, what I means to be, ‘an American.’ pewresearch.org/religion/2021/…
Oct 7, 2022 4 tweets 9 min read
I would love to hear @POTUS @JoeBiden use the bully pulpit to articulate a redemption narrative around his shift in policy. #USA #drugs #law #policy #amends #repentance #repair It is the right thing to do — the #USA is in a revolutionary, transformational moment, change is happening so quickly — and would be an example of accountability for past harms done, of #repentance and #repair, an #amends. #drugs #law #policy @POTUS @JoeBiden