Khadija Siddiqi; A Survivor Whose Fight For Justice Has Paved the Way For Ending Violence Against Women.

As seen on The New York Times, BBC, NPR, The Guardian, Agence France Presse, Al Jazeera and several other Arabic language news outlets, Khadija Siddiqi’s story has been widely covered around the world due to its moving revelation of current social norms regarding violent treatment towards women. Khadija was a law student in Pakistan, only a few days away from taking her Bar Exam, when the most unimaginable event transpired; she was violently attacked in broad daylight by a fellow classmate.

Growing up in Pakistan where the inequalities between women and men are visibly apparent, Khadija was surrounded by social norms in her youth but experienced the virulent influence it had in the justice system when her own equity was brought into question. On May 3rd,
2016 Khadija was attacked and stabbed 23 times by fellow student, Shah Hussain, in a vengeful attempt to end her life after she had rejected his romantic advances months before. Shah Hussain had attempted to carry out what is considered in Pakistan as an “honour killing”, an act frequently overlooked and even excused as means to bringing honor back into a family. In Pakistan alone, there are estimated to be more than 1,000 cases of “honour killings” a year, and none of them brought to justice, much less brought to the attention of the court system.

Khadija Survived the brutal attack, and in this episode we dive into her experience through the attack, how she found the courage to fight for justice and the changes she believes are necessary to continue to protect women’s rights in Pakistan, and worldwide.

“I Was Raised to Never Give Up”. Exposing America’s Broken Immigration System as Experienced Through the Eyes and Advocacy of a Young DREAMer.

In today’s episode I sit down with Jose Arnulfo Cabrera to share his story of being a young DREAMer in America and one of the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently awaiting the decision being made on the DACA program that will determine the path of their immediate future. Jose has been involved in advocacy for human rights since he was a child, and has been tremendously involved in women’s rights and immigration reform efforts organizing and leading groups to create awareness and take a stand for their rights. 

José Arnulfo Cabrera was born in a small village in Mexico and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Cabrera remembers his mom organizing undocumented workers in Cincinnati for a just wage and safe working conditions. During this time, he learned organizing tricks and skills to keep people engaged and hopeful during disappointing moments. It wasn’t long until Cabrera started organizing for immigration reform issues, sharing his family’s story and how he would benefit from legislation like the DREAM Act. After high school, Cabrera, a DACA recipient, studied at Xavier University, while at the same time working at the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati where he started a group called Youth Educating Society (YES). Through his work at IJPC and YES he became an advocate for DACA recipients across Cincinnati, particularly at Xavier, by training and working with staff members on making Xavier a DACA friendly campus. In 2017 Cabrera attended his first ISN program, the Ignatian Justice Summit on Immigration, where Cabrera fell in love with ISN’s mission. He spoke at the Advocacy Day Public Witness during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in 2017 and the 2018 Ignatian Justice Summit, and has contributed to ISN’s online content. After graduation, Cabrera served as a government relations associate at NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice in Washington, D.C. where he enhanced his understanding and knowledge of furthering pro-immigrant policy.

In this interview Jose shares with us what it is like living in America as an immigrant, and gives us incredible insight on the issues in the current immigration system in the United States and how immigration has become “over-politicized”. This interview exposes some very interesting points that will no doubt provide a lot of insight and understanding regarding America’s perception and handling of immigration. 

Covered in this Episode:

  • The general public doesn’t understand why we have a broken immigration system.
  • Many myths about immigrants and our immigration system that are untrue.
  • The effects the current Immigration system is having on the next generation of contributors to society- first generation Americans.
  • People – throughout history – have always disliked immigrants.
  • Lack of understanding of the root cause of forced migration.
  • How Immigration has been over-politicized.
  • Trump’s role in influencing presidential candidates use fear-mongering immigrants as good campaign tactics.
  • Exposing how policies of immigration enforcement has brought fear and trauma to the immigrant communities.
  • Why education on immigration policies and reform is important.
  • How to get involved to reform our Immigration System.

How You Can Get Involved:

  1. Get Educated on Current Immigration Policies and Statistics.
  2. Be aware of what your elected officials are doing to try and solve our immigration system at city and state levels. Not only Federal. The policies that your city council and state legislators implement have a significant effect on undocumented immigrants.
  3. Advocate. Tell your elected officials what Bills and policies you support and which you do not by sending them letters, emails or visiting them at their designated offices.
  4. Get involved! Find a local organization that is educating and advocating to reform the current immigration system and seeking to find volunteers to help immigrants in the area.

Jose Cabrera and his Organization, Ignation Solidarity Network, are fighting to get the Dream Act of 2019 voted on so that hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and their families can get a chance for a pathway to citizenship.

You can help! By following this Link and submitting the prepared letter to your Senator you will be standing in support of passing this Bill which could help so many deserving children and families win a chance for a better future.

TAKE ACTION NOW. The Supreme Court Begins Voting on NOVEMBER 12, 2019!

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#Unbroken – Re-finding Happiness & Hope in Marriage After Infidelity

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In this episode Justin and Jessica both share with us their experience of facing infidelity in their marriage and what it took to find the strength to make it work and stay together. Justin and Jessica met early on in life and shortly after fell in love and decided to take the next step in dedication to each other and got married. However, Justin was struggling with internal feelings of self-doubt, fear and anxiety due to the pressures of his upbringing that Jessica was unaware of until it began to manifest in their marriage, and nearly ended their marriage. In this story Justin and Jessica combine their voices to openly and vulnerably speak about the struggles they faced in their journey to create the strong marriage they have today. A journey that includes a challenging childhood, depression, infidelity and dishonesty, and unconditional love and forgiveness. Join us in this episode to hear Jessica and Justin’s incredible story on how they were able to find happiness and hope again in their marriage when faced with infidelity.

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The BIG VISION of Relentless Minds- Special Episode.

This is a special episode dedicated to announce to all current subscribers, and new ones, what the Relentless Minds podcast is striving to create in this world.

We have incredibly BIG VISIONS.

In February of 2019 the Relentless Minds podcast was created with the sole mission to inspire people to create the change they desire to see in their own lives and in the world, by sharing examples of those who were. These examples are the stories of people who share a common commitment, and that is that they refuse to accept their current circumstances for what they are, refuse to listen to society when they are told that nothing can be done, and instead they choose to fight for what they believe in. Our main objective with this platform is to inspire people around the world through the use of powerful stories, and to create a unified movement of change makers. We also strive to showcase the world-wide efforts being made on issues that are affecting people everywhere. This isn’t just a local news-focused platform, we want to raise awareness on issues including climate change, human rights, mental health, family life, relationships and more.

The reason this is so important is because people everywhere want change and this world is increasingly becoming more in need of it, but not enough people are speaking up and taking action. Our hope is that through the examples of others fighting for the change they believe in, listeners will also become empowered to follow in those same footsteps.

In this episode we share the exciting news of the 2 new series being launched called “Unbroken” and “Purposeful”. Find out about the new series, our movement, and why it should matter to you!

Thank you for listening!

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Surviving One of the Deadliest School Massacres in the History of the World. Peshawar, Pakistan- With Waleed Khan

On Dec 16, 2014 a terrible event occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, which disturbed the country deeply. It’s effects were felt across the world and it turned out to be the 4th largest school massacre in the history of the world.  On this day a terrorist group of 7 men invaded an Army Public School of Peshawar and shot and killed 149 people. 134 of those lives lost were children between the ages of 8-18. 112 more people were injured. Waleed Khan is a survivor of the attack but did not get away unscathed, he suffered 6 bullet wounds to the face and 2 shots to the body. His doctors and family did not believe he would survive, but miraculously he did. He was 12 years old at the time. Waleed now is 17 years old, and today on this episode he shares his experience of that terrible day and what he had to deal with in the aftermath of it all. Waleed also discusses the amazing transformation he underwent once he discovered a new purpose that gave him hope and created a desire to use his experience to help change the lives of others by sharing his story, and a powerful message of peace. 

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“I Chose Life”. Beating The Statistics of Teen Pregnancy- With Daisy Torres

Welcome back, in today’s episode I speak with Daisy Torres and her struggles early on in life when she became a mother at the young age of 16 years old. Coming from a family that worked very hard to make ends meet, Daisy was devastated when she realized that being pregnant meant that she might not be able to get ahead in life and pursue the career she had always dreamed of- that of becoming an architect. In this episode Daisy shares her story of her early life and humble beginnings, the challenges she went through being a teenage mom, and how she was able to beat the statistics for teenage mothers getting a formal education. Daisy, thankfully and with a lot of hard work, was able to get herself through school and achieve her dream.

Daisy places a lot of credit for her success on the support that her family gave her throughout her journey that she says made it all possible. Due to this Daisy is very passionate about spreading awareness about the importance of empowering and supporting young mothers, along with praising them for choosing life, rather than frowning upon them. This, Daisy attests, is what is truly needed to help these young women succeed.

About the guest: Daisy Torres-Pertuz is the VP of Development for Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s leading urban real estate firms specializing in the development, ownership and operation of architecturally distinctive mixed-use high rises in major cities across the United States.

If you wish to support the organization that Daisy spoke about in the interview here is the information below!


Our Mother’s Home: A Non-Profit organization that focuses on assisting young women in the foster program by supporting them in a home that has been set up for them to keep their children under their care while they continue pursuing their high school education. Most women in these circumstances either have no family or have been abandoned by their families.


If you wish to help, please follow the link HERE

Finding Healing And Purpose Through Vulnerability- With Eli Nash

Eli Nash is a recovering porn addict who spent 15 years of his life in shame in guilt while he struggled with controlling his addiction to porn. On top of that, Eli had kept a secret from his family and friends for years: that at the age of 8 he had been sexually abused by a person he, and his family, had considered a friend. Eli shares with us on this episode his experience being a victim of sexual abuse, how he coped with it and how he later confronted his abuser during his process of healing. He also discusses his struggle with porn addiction in his adult life, and how he was able to turn his unfortunate story into a meaningful purpose.

A big highlight for this podcast is how passionate Eli is on people sharing their story with others and finding connection and healing through it. Eli experienced it for himself and he has seen it work wonders for others; as he states “when we share our hardships, it moves us from shame into healing”.

If you would like to reach out to Eli Nash or hear more about what he has going on please check out the links below:
Website: Micdrop.one
IG: Eliyahu_nash
YouTube Channel: Micdrop W/ Rosh Lowe

Let’s Talk Addiction and Mindset- With Dr. Ellie Katz

Dr. Ellie Katz is a leading practitioner of holistic psychotherapy. For the last 49 years, her eclectic interventions for her patients have featured innovative approaches to using meditation, guided thinking and the Bach Flower Remedies. With decades of working in the field, Dr. Ellie Katz has concluded that we all have attachments we would be better without. In her writing, as author of 3 books, Dr. Katz sets out to tackle the everyday face of addiction, exploring root causes, personal struggles and the gift of recovery.

In this episode Dr. Ellie Katz discusses her 6 key behavioral principles that she uses to work with individuals overcoming addiction. The beauty of these principles is that I consider them just as valuable to helping anyone desiring change and peace of mind to restore serenity back into their lives.
These principles are the following:

  1. Good Mood and Hope.
  2. Meditation and Relaxation
  3. Love and Kindness
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Flexiblity
  6. Discipline

Dr. Katz dives into these principles on the episode and explains how they are crucial to living a life where we control our emotions and impulses, and how rejecting these principles can lead us down a path of self-destruction.

Dr. Katz is also the Author of 3 wonderful books that can be found and purchased online:
“Love and Kisses From my Padded Cell” : A compendium of the personal stories of ten recovering addicts. Dr. Katz gives voice to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, offering a nonjudgmental glimpse into what individuals are willing to do in the service of their irresistible urges.
“When Sane People Do Insane Things”: A practical guide to the enrichment of mental health. The book elaborates on what is essential and what is hazardous, offering the reader an opportunity to help himself reach the most precious gift: a life well-lived.
“My Last Summer as a Fat Girl”: In her memoir, Dr. Katz opens up about the events that have given her life its miraculous shape. She invites the reader on a personal journey as she investigates the powerful role food has played in her biography.

From a Life of Abuse to a Life Of Purpose- With Kat McLead.

When you first meet Kat you will see a self-made woman who is living the dream life that many people desire to live. She runs a successful coaching business and is wakes up every day thankful for the life she is currently able to live alongside her husband and son. However, besides the success and accomplishments that Kat has had she has also dealt with an unfortunate past where her worth and dignity were belittled from a young age.

Kat has been holding in a secret about the past she experienced before the outward successes ever came into play, and she has made a powerful decision to share that secret with us today on the Relentless Minds podcast in hopes to inspire other women who may have experienced similar hardships. In this episode “From a Life of Abuse to a Life of Purpose”, Kat shares with us her painful memories being raised in an abusive household and how that affected her self-esteem growing up and led her to get involved in the sex industry at the age of 19. Kat openly and honestly shared her experiences being a stripper and dominatrix and how she was able to pick her life back up, learn that she was enough, and began to create the incredible life she is blessed to enjoy today.

*Attn: Unfortunately in this episode there were audio issues on behalf of the host and as a result some of her speech is muffled. However, Kat’s audio is crystal clear, therefore her entire story can be clearly and easily heard and appreciated. Thank you for your patience.

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When Hope is the Only Answer- With Jim Stavis

Jim was diagnosed with type I diabetes at 17 years old and spent 35 years coping with the disease. After facing near failure of his heart and kidney he underwent surgeries spanning over 2 years to replace his heart, kidney and pancreas. This lead him to be cured of his diabetes and lifelong ailments. Now Jim dedicates his life to sharing his story and spreading hope to others. In addition to his stepping into the limelight as a speaker, Jim also runs a successful steel company based out of California, and has been doing so for the last 30 years.