My name is Leia al-Katiba I’m a 30-something year old potty-mouthed graduate student who has a passion for activism and social justice in praxis with faith. I’m a Catholic Worker in New York, and work side by side with our homeless community in an effort to bring awareness and relief to our most vulnerable. I believe it’s our duty as both humans and as Christians to take care of those whose voices are lost in a sea of oppression and to make sure that they are heard so our world can become a better place for everyone.
I guess you could say I’m one of those “liberal snowflakes” everyone’s been ranting about.
I’ve been interested in comparative religious studies since I was 12 years old, and only recently realized you could go to school for it. I returned back to college in my late twenties, and am now starting my Masters in Divinity that focuses in on theologically based Social Ethics
My faith is really important to me – it’s inseparable from my activism and justice work. I’ve become “one of those people” who quote scripture quite a lot – but not in the way you’d think (I’m pretty sure I convinced some guy last week not to pay his taxes because Jesus told us not to – ‘rend unto Caesar’ and all). I’m a firm believer in gospel non-violence (if you haven’t heard about it, stick around and you will), am an ally of the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ+ community, and am staunchly pro-Palestinian.
I did I mention I’m addicted to tattoos? Yeah.. yeah I am. They’re all over the place, and I’m always getting more.
In this blog, you’ll get a peppering of politics, non-violence, tattoos, spiritual musings and my activism work. So, pull up your big girl panties and jump into the deep end with me!
~ Peace ~