Islamophobic Violence and Struggles of Communities of Resistance

Session time: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Session Room: 
Temple U: Student Center Cinema
Short Description: 
Participants will engage in strategies to counter Islamophobic state practices.

Mediated by Islamophobia, state violence is the primary means through which Muslim Americans have been marginalized, demonized and dehumanized. In the post 9/11 climate Islamophobic violence and community responses together have led to justifying violence against Muslims and communities of color that look like Muslims for imperialistic advances. This workshop will include conversations and understanding of the erosion of basic rights resulting from such violence and state practices - in our communities, courtrooms and prisons across the US. It will feature stories of impacted family members, former prisoners, and advocates, who have been resisting alarming trends in human rights violations. Participants will engage in exercises and strategies to counter Islamophobic state practices, focusing on building communities of resistance within our collective experiences to address this systemic violence.

Fronts of Struggle: 
State violence and resistance, mass incarceration and abolition
Immigration struggles, decolonization, anti-imperialism
Culture – capitalist appropriation of culture, political culture, and movement culture
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
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Organization Description: 
NCPCF is a coaltion of national and local organizations whose mission is to educate the public about the erosion of civil and political freedoms in the society, and the abuses of prisoners within the U.S. criminal justice system especially after 9/11, and to advocate for the preservation of those freedoms.
Polycentric Site: 
Philadelphia, PA
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