A Time to Break Silence: Resisting Islamophobia in the Trump Era

The rise of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim discrimination, and related hate crimes is a crisis none of us can ignore. But how can we engage in resistance within this climate of fear and uncertainty? Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join us for a daylong symposium aimed at educating and equipping all of us with effective tools for civic engagement. The event ​is inspired by ​the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”. ​The interactive workshops​ ​explicitly connect ​the rise of Islamophobia with the increase in other forms of hate and discrimination against marginalized communities. Keynote addresses by Dr. Clarence Jones and Dr. Suzanne Barakat will vividly illustrate the tragic consequences of silence and the necessity of coalition-building to various forms of resistance.

RSVP is not required but appreciated. This event is free and open to the public.

11:45-12:45 Welcome
Opening remarks by University of San Francisco President Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, SJ.
Keynote address by Dr. Clarence Jones on MLK’s Time to Break Silence
Followed by Lunch

12:45-2:30 Workshop No Ban! No Wall! Resistance to the criminalization of immigrant, refugee, and undocumented communities
Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies
Cinthya Munoz-Ramos, immigrant rights advocate and Legislative Director for Supervisor Richard Valle in Alameda County
Elica Vafaie, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Guadalupe Vela Orozco, senior at June Jordan School for Equity, Director of the 4U club
María Zaragoza, senior at June Jordan School for Equity, co-authored the Undocumented, Unafraid, and United Students Resolution presented to SFUSF School Board.
Miriam Uribe, senior at USF, undocumented activist involved in various initiatives at USF

How can each of us stand up for the rights of undocumented immigrants in this moment? In this workshop, Bay Area activist leaders frame and provide an update on the the current moment legislatively in terms of the rights of undocumented young people, and share the important work they are doing as an inspiration for what each of us can do as campus leaders, students, and San Francisco Bay Area community members.

2:40-4:25 Panel and Workshop: Counteracting Anti-Muslim Discrimination in Connection with Other Targeted Communities
Aaron Hahn Tapper, Mae and Benjamin Swig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology & Religious Studies
James Taylor, Professor, Politics
Aysha Hidayatullah, Associate Professor, Theology & Religious Studies
Madihha Ahussain, Muslim Advocates, Head of Program to Counter Anti-Muslim Hate
Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center

The alarming resurgence of hate crimes and other forms of discrimination aimed against many communities threatens the fabric of our country. Join us for a critical interactive discussion and workshop on counteracting hate through our voices and actions. Brief faculty remarks will be followed by conversations with legal advocates and grass-roots organizers.

4:30-5:30 “The Deadly Threat of Islamophobia & How Can We Stand Together Against Hatred”
Keynote Address on Islamophobia by Dr. Suzanne Barakat, Chair of Our Three Winners Foundation and UCSF Family Medicine Resident

5:30-7 Artist Performances and Closing: Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, Spoken Word Artist Mohammed Bilal, Diana Kalaji, and the Lyricist Lounge

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