Steve Slocum – Award-winning author, social architect, thought leader
Steve Slocum is an award-winning author and the founder of nonprofit, SalaamUSA.org. Slocum’s book, Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World, is a 2020 silver medalist in the prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, and was named a Top Book of 2019 by both Booklist and Kirkus. Slocum is passionate about breaking down barriers and bringing unlikely groups of people together. He has appeared on the KTLA and CBS8 morning news programs and been invited to speak at international conferences in Qatar, the UN headquarters in Geneva, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto.
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Is Political Activism Enough to Achieve Social Change?
A Case for Equal Time in Community Building Activities
Since the 2010 Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the small donor revolution has given voters hope for competing against corporate funded PACs. And since then, grassroots activists have been spending their time and donation money primarily in the political arena, coming to a crescendo during the Trump presidency. Candidates on local, state, and national levels, both in our own and faraway districts, sent out a relentless stream of requests for donations, requests often reinforced by local activist groups. “No one can afford to sit on the sidelines any longer” became the rallying cry.
The importance of the political struggle cannot be overstated. This is where we drive the stakes of structural change into the ground, and defend them. Changes that will help us build a society that treats all equally.
I’m a passionate political activist. But political activism has its downsides and its limits – unsavory compromises, the watering down of core values, settling on mediocre candidates, our candidates not delivering – and losing.
What if a majority of voters were in agreement with our values and we didn’t have to fight so hard politically?
In Why Do They Hate Us?, author Steve Slocum takes the spotlight off the extremists and instead exposes the heart of the everyday Muslim.
"In an era of rampant Islamophobia, Slocum’s book is essential reading."
Todd H. Green, author of The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West
Silver medalist: IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Named a best book of 2019 by Booklist and Kirkus.
Available in paperback and ebook
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MAKING PEACE WITH THE MUSLIM WORLD