Can You Hear Me Now? Afghans & Politics

With everything we are seeing in politics, let’s have a conversation about what “real representation” means. Now that Afghan-Americans are running for office in both parties, who do we align ourselves with, and do we owe them our support? What does it mean for Afghans to support Republicans? Is the Democratic party any better?

Career(gar): Afghan-American Women in the Workplace

Continuing the Women of TSN (WTSN) series, this conversation is a collaborative with the Afghan American Women’s Collective (AAWC). Afghan women are raised to be kari-gaar, hardworking, for the family, and now for careers in the U.S. We are now juggling being “career-gars." So what is it like being an Afghan woman in the workplace? How does being an Afghan woman in the workforce affect advancements and workplace interactions? This conversation aims to point out some of the challenges, from the community and from the workplace. We will also highlight best practices and solutions that women have found to help in these situations. The panel will feature women from different professional industries.


Are You Even Afghan? Ethnic Minorities in the Diaspora

In the search for equality, do we often overlook certain voices within our own community? In this conversation, we look at ways ethnic minorities have navigated their Afghan identity in the face of cultural or structural marginalization. Is being Afghan inclusive or exclusive of these minorities? Are old hierarchies still in place?

Divine Divide

Are you even Muslim?" "Why are you so religious?" Religion tends to be one of the most thought about elements people associate with the Afghan community, and it comes with different challenges. What does it mean to be religious and Afghan? Can you be Afghan and disconnected from religion? What misconceptions do we have about people who are involved with religion or not? Is there a “Divine Divide?”

Women of TSN: Bitches & Zanakah

"Bitchy. Aggressive. Azaad. Bay-haya. Bah-adaab. Seeshaka. Good girl. Bad girl." These are a few of the many terms that are used to describe women in passing. This conversation will focus on some of those labels. Who places these labels? Where do they come from and why? Women of TSN [WTSN] will be a series of conversations, which aim to discuss experiences as it relates to being an Afghan woman in the diaspora.

Facing Fear

In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 18th, Nabra Hassanen was murdered after leaving Tarraweh prayers at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA. After arresting the man responsible, police have ruled this as an incident of road rage. But some are calling for this to be investigated as a hate crime. Amidst the ongoing investigation, an extreme level of fear has gripped our community. A result of not just this event, but other targeted attacks against Muslims.

Afghanistan Bleeds

In the past few weeks, we have seen over 100 people die in multiple attacks in Kabul and Herat. We have seen Afghans around the world organizing vigils and demonstrations in reaction to this violence. Our panel includes some of the organizers of these events in the diaspora, and residents living in Kabul to discuss what has occurred and what we can do as Afghans in the diaspora.

TSN at the Afghan-American Conference

The third annual Afghan-American Conference just occurred in Washington D.C. For those that attended and are still processing the events of the weekend, TSN wants to discuss our experiences as participants. We'll recap some conference highlights with focus on how we felt discussing or facilitating topics often considered 'taboo' - and how we can act on the discussions.

Afghan-Americans & Trump USA

Join us as we discuss the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America and its impact on the Afghan-American community

How did we get here? Are all Trump supporters racist? What does this mean for us? Is there a right way to protest? What can we do moving forward?