June 6, 2012
An Interview with Sharia Mayfield
Sharia Mayfield is a junior majoring in English and Creative Writing. Originally from the city of Portland, in Oregon, she has long been interested in and concerned by the erosion of Fourth-Amendment protections for American citizens. Her interest and deep concern stem from the FBI’s wrongful arrest of her father in 2004. Under provisions of the Patriot Act, he was detained for two weeks after being erroneously linked to the Madrid train bombings. This chilling experience and the subsequent legal actions have defined and driven much of her work here at Stanford. She has been heavily involved with the Muslim Student Awareness Network, the Students for Palestinian Equal Rights, and the Islamic Society of Stanford University. Last month, she participated in an ACLU-sponsored debate about civil liberties and the War on Terror. She talks to us about her family’s experiences, her views on civil liberties, and her thoughts about Islamophobia in our country.