Shannon Erwin

Shannon Erwin is an attorney and the executive director of the Muslim Justice League, a Boston-based, Muslim-led and driven organization defending human and civil rights at risk in the ongoing “War on Terror.” She has previously worked with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School and a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Barney Frank is Wrong: We Must Grieve Undivided for Orlando

June 28, 2016

Victims of the Orlando massacre must be honored and remembered collectively.   Barney Frank’s recent remarks on the Orlando massacre were as heartbreaking as they were unoriginal. Speaking with The New York Times, the former Democratic representative from Massachusetts downplayed the significance of the shooting as a sign of a dangerous...

US Governors Must Stop Playing Politics With Refugee Lives

November 20, 2015

Anti-refugee statements by American governors are stoking a climate of fear and resentment. Statements by 28 US governors that their states will not welcome Syrian refugees—or in some cases only those who are Muslim—are indefensible. Many analysts have noted that governors have no legal authority to deny entry to refugees,...

FBI Uses Teachers as “Soft Surveillance”

November 10, 2015

Teachers and nurses must not be made puppets of campaigns to silence dissent. Human and civil rights advocates throughout the United States are alarmed at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) game-like “Don’t Be a Puppet” website. The agency described its website as intended to “keep youth from falling prey...