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Countering Islamophobia and Place Making Chicago Muslims

Date(s) - 07/24/2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Beth Emet Synagogue


Free USD
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Countering Islamophobia and Place Making Chicago Muslims is part of the “Critical Anti-Islamophobia” workshop track developed by Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). Critical Anti-Islamophobia addresses anti-Muslim discrimination as a systemic issue, perpetuated by an interplay between popular culture, media, civil discourses, and government policies. Through presentations and interactive activities, participants will explore the roots of Islamophobia, addressing the ways in which Muslims in the US and globally have been impacted. Critical Anti-Islamophobia offers a racial justice framework to highlight the various ways diverse Muslim communities are racialized in the US, as well as provide an analysis of Islamophobia as a system of oppression. Participants explore proactive steps to identify and interrupt anti-Muslim bias in media, policy, and interpersonal behavior.

Workshop Objectives

• Participants will be introduced to the theoretical and analytical frameworks that demonstrate the scope of anti-Muslim bias. They will understand the concept of structural Islamophobia and how it impacts Muslims in Chicago.

• Participants will map out the interplay between dominant narratives, public policy, and marginalization of Chicago Muslims. They will look at common examples of Islamophobic tropes in popular culture and mass media, programs including NSEERS, Patriot Act, and Muslim Ban, and how both media and structural Islamophobia lead to spikes in interpersonal discrimination.

• Through strategic brainstorming, participants will explore interventions that community stakeholders and fair housing community can make to address the intersections of racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, advancing the efforts towards equity and inclusion which aim to make Chicago place where all residents can thrive.

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