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Webinar Series: Anti-Black Racism in SW Asia / N Africa + Diaspora (Arabic)

Webinar Series: Anti-Black Racism in SW Asia / N Africa + Diaspora (Arabic)

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Date(s) - 07/24/2020
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Webinar Series: Anti-Black Racism in SW Asia / N Africa + Diaspora (Arabic)

Racism Against Blacks in Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) and in the Diaspora

Pursuant to the statement issued by Muznah Organization following the brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of the police forces, Muznah intends to organize a series of discussions on virtual platforms from 10 to 24 July 2020 to advocate “Black Life’s important” movements, in cooperation with a number of our partner organizations in the region. US-based West Asia and North Africa, including the Trans-Boundary Solidarity Imagery (ITSRC) Research Group of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) at the University of Minnesota, and the Arab Resource and Regulatory Center.

The series of English, Arabic and Persian discussions deals with the history, present and future of the common struggle between black and non-black people in the region, as well as solidarity movements and alliances between the societies of this region and those of black Americans in the United States. The series will also review racism against black people in Southwest Asian and North African societies while acknowledging the contributions of non-blacks to support and eradication of various forms of racism and racial violence against blacks, while at the same time the first is exposed to racial and religious racist practices hostile to Arabs, Iranians and Muslims at the local and global levels .

This series of discussions is the first leg of the ongoing measures adopted by Meznah Organization and its partners in our common endeavor to address the racist practices prevalent in our nearby and geographically distant societies, and to address these practices in the areas of law-making, resource allocation, and cultural production. We all strive to confront the racial prejudices and practices present in ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our organizations.

In our talk, we will address various issues that emerge from the issue of racial racial practices, including the issue of accusing some commercial companies from Southwest Asia and North Africa of practicing racism and discrimination, the issue of the emergence of anti-black racism, and its pushing and support by some individuals in the societies of the region, and the issue of outbreaks of fascism and hatred Aliens, white ethnicity, the steady increase in police forces and surveillance systems. In addition to addressing the issue of typical citizenship practices for minorities and male prejudices in the markets that would contribute to the rise of eggs at the expense of other ethnic groups.

We aim in Mazenah, in cooperation with our partners, to set collective organizational strategies without including blacks in the category of Arabs or Iranians, and without falling into the trap of “divide and rule” that would exhaust our political energies.

Our conversations are rooted in multi-issue organizational traditions, common solidarity approaches to social justice, and practices of building sustainable cross-border movements by linking the phenomena of slavery, settlement colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, military, and patriarchy.

By focusing on the lives of black people in this series of discussions, we hope to highlight the need to confront anti-black racism in our societies and in our projects seeking social justice.

Muznah in this series hosts speakers from North America, Europe, Southwest Asia, East Africa and North Africa to share their expertise and experience related to the topics raised and contribute to enriching the talks and content.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER: Anti-Black Racism, Southwest Asia / North Africa + Diaspora

Following a statement made after the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, between July 10th and July 24th, 2020, Mizna alongside some US-based organizations including the Imagining Transnational Solidarities Research Circle at the University of Minnesota, and Arab Resource and Organizing Center will host a series of online panels in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Panels in Arabic, English, and Farsi will address the history, present, and future of joint struggles between Black and non-Black South West Asian and North African communities, as well as solidarities and coalitions between SWANA communities and Black American communities in the United States. The series will also interrogate anti-Black racism in the SWANA region and its diasporas, and acknowledges the ways in which the SWANA communities have contributed to, profited from, and perpetuated forms of anti-Black racism and violence, while being subjected to anti- Arab, anti-Iranian, and anti-Muslim violence both locally and globally.

These dialogues are some of the ongoing actions that Mizna and its partners are taking to address anti-Black racism prevalent in the laws, distribution of resources, and cultural productions in SWANA communities. We seek to confront the biases and racism present within ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our organizations. Among a wide variety of topics, we will grapple with the charges of racism and discrimination against some SWANA businesses, the surfacing of anti-Black racism perpetuated by some members of the SWANA communities, the intensification of fascism, xenophobia and white supremacy, increased policing and surveillance, and the performances of model minority citizenship and market virility that contribute to white ascendency. We aim to collectively develop strategies of organizing without subsuming Blackness under Arabness or Iranian-ness, and without falling into the divide and conquer trap that distracts our political energies. Our conversations will be rooted in multi-issue organizing traditions, joint solidarity approaches to social justice, and building sustainable movements transnationally by making connections between the violence of slavery, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, cis heteropatriarchy, and militarism. By centering Black lives in these webinars, we hope to highlight the necessity of confronting and meaningfully challenging anti-Black racism in our communities and in our social justice work. Our conversations will be rooted in multi-issue organizing traditions, joint solidarity approaches to social justice, and building sustainable movements transnationally by making connections between the violence of slavery, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, cis heteropatriarchy, and militarism. By centering Black lives in these webinars, we hope to highlight the necessity of confronting and meaningfully challenging anti-Black racism in our communities and in our social justice work. Our conversations will be rooted in multi-issue organizing traditions, joint solidarity approaches to social justice, and building sustainable movements transnationally by making connections between the violence of slavery, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, cis heteropatriarchy, and militarism. By centering Black lives in these webinars, we hope to highlight the necessity of confronting and meaningfully challenging anti-Black racism in our communities and in our social justice work.

Panelists from North America., Europe, and South West Asia and North Africa will offer their expertise and experiences on these topics. Stay tuned for more information and RSVP to join the conversations below.

This project is co-sponsored by AGITATE! Arab American Cultural Center, New Arab American Theater Works, and Radius of Arab American Writers .

ENGLISH

July 10, 2020 at 11am CDT // 4pm GMT

FARSI

July 17, 2020 at 11am CDT // 4pm GMT

ARABIC

July 24, 2020 at 11am CDT // 4pm GMT

 

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