Stop Telling Me To Go Back To My Country. I am from Brooklyn.

An interview with Leah Fessler at


  1. What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success?

I have a very resilient Brooklyn personality that allows me to stay thick-skinned and focused on my mission and goals. As an activist, organizer, Palestinian, and a Muslim-American woman, I have faced many obstacles in the industry I work in. I often have to fight for my seat and representation for the communities I represent. I also face intense criticism, vicious hate, and threats—so my Brooklyn grit, take-no-crap attitude has helped me succeed, has grounded me in why I do the work I do, and kept me focused on winning campaigns centered around justice for communities in New York City and nationally.

You can read the entire series that includes 50 inspirational women sharing their stories and advice on #HowWellWin: