Islamophobic Violence and Struggles of Communities of Resistance
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.