Who’s That American Muslim?
Sweet Peas and molasses, you mean I gotta tell you about myself here? Where does I begin?
A coconut. A koala. The wave of an ocean dark blue reflecting the full moon. Surf…Surfing. Shiny, silver and sleek things. White. Vibrant, deep, brooding. Spiritual. Spring and Summer. Fast, soulful, counter culture. Hot, fire, red. Make a statement, be politically engaged, learning to carry out my responsibility without complaining, never becoming habitual, and where possible conservative and subdued. Faith. Food. Art. History. Confused, and not afraid to admit I just don’t know. Still moments. Urban homesteading. Green living. Organic. Social media. Books. Leadership and good governance. Bug-Out-Bags. Doomsday prepping. Friends that are family and family that is everything. Religion. The things that make me go “oooh, aaaaah. Give me more.” Being comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable.
What do all these things have in common- ME! Affad Shaikh, that’s me, and all those things have me in common.
When I’m not running from Zombies or surfing in the Pacific Ocean, I’m just another nerd sitting on my Mackbook listening to music and participating in the progressive revolution through technology and my personal connection with God.
Manzanita Elementary School (Palmdale, CA), Mesa Middle School (Palmdale, CA), Ferrucci Middle School (Puyallup, WA), Rogers High School (Puyallup, WA); Palmdale High School Alumni (2001); University of California, San Diego BA in International Studies: Political Science (2006)- Muir College, Summer Bridge (Summer 2001), UCSD OASIS, San Diego World Trade Center, Cross Cultural Center, Muslim Student Association, Student’s First, CAIR San Diego. InFocus News staff writer. Council on American-Islamic Relations: Greater Los Angeles Area (2006-2011). Richard Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce (Class 34); Netroots Nation- America’s Voice (2009), Democracy For America (2010). New Leaders Council- Orange County; Juris Doctorate, Whittier Law School (2011–2012); Illume Magazine (first article, article dos); South Asians for Obama- Los Angeles; NewGround Fellowship (2012-2013); The Religious Left Blog; Altmuslimah blog (here); Masters in Legal Studies, The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law (2012-2013); California Assembly Delegate, District 36, Democratic Party- Progressive Caucus, Arab American Caucus & Asian American Caucus; Netroots Nation 2013, speaker.