List of Events in 2017
11/12/17: MERI Workshop at As-Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh. MERI members Letha Muhammad, Noah Rubin-Blose and Manzoor Cheema co-facilitated anti-Islamophobia workshop at the historically Black mosque in Raleigh – As-Salaam Islamic Center.
10/29-30/17: MERI members attended Southern Movement Assembly VII at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC. MERI members Letha Muhammad and Manzoor Cheema co-facilitated a workshop on Islamophobia with Shafeah M’Balia and Munir Abdul Hakeem (James Perry).
10/04/17. Anti-Islamophobia letter writing workshop in Raleigh, NC. Members wrote letters on Muslim Ban, plight of Rohingya Muslims, and other oppressions. Read MERI media publications HERE.
9/16/17. Anti-Islamophobia workshop at CHRONIC (Carolina Human Rights Organizing Network) 2017 Conference in Greenville, SC. MERI Coordinator Manzoor Cheema made a presentation titled “Challenging Racism and Islamophobia” at this annual conference that brings together social justice organizers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and other parts of the country.
7/15/17. Partnered with Anti-Racism, Anti-Islamophobia, Immigrant/Refugee Rights Assembly in Raleigh. This grassroots people’s assembly brought together social justice organizers throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina and beyond. Participants strategized on building anti-oppression movement.
7/12/17. Anti-Islamophobia letter-writing workshop in Durham. MERI organizes quarterly letter-writing workshops against Islamophobia. Click links to read letters and op-ed from this workshop.
6/7/17. MERI upported press conference for the release of Mosa Hamadeesa from ICE Detention (MERI continued to mobilize for 2 months for the release of Mosa Hamadeesa) in downtown Raleigh. Participants contacted located legislators and ICE for the release of Mosa Hamadeesa.
4/26/17. Anti-Islamophobia forum at Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center in Raleigh, NC. MERI co-organized Anti-Racism, Anti-Islamophobia and Worker Rights forum at Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center in Raleigh.
4/1/17. Anti-Islamophobia presentation at North Carolina Public Workers Union – UE Local 150 Municipal Meeting in Greensboro, NC. As a result of this presentation, UE Local 150 passed a resolution against Islamophobia at workplace. This was followed by a similar resolution by national UE Union. Read more HERE.
3/30/17. Anti-Islamophobia presentation at North Carolina State University School of Social Work’s Spring 2017 Symposium. The theme of this symposium was “Poverty and Advocacy: Intersectionality of Poverty, Race and Gender”. MERI Coordinator Manzoor Cheema made a presentation titled “ Challenging Racism and Islamophobia”.
3/25/17. Anti-Islamophobia workshop at 2017 Jack Crum Conference organized by Methodist Federation for Social Action – North Carolina Chapter. MERI members Letha Muhammad and Manzoor Cheema co-facilitated this workshop.
3/18/17. Speech on Islamophobia at Legislative Meeting for Refugee Rights at NC General Assembly. This event was organized by University of North Carolina Refugee Wellness.
3/4/17. Anti-Islamophobia presentation at Take It Back Raleigh event at Vital Link School. This event was organized Raleigh-based social justice organizer Erika Moss on behalf of Power Up NC.
MERI participated in Triangle People’s Assembly in Durham, NC, on February 25, 2017. This event invited approximately hundred folks from throughout the Triangle area of NC. Participants discussed response to MuslimBan, attacks on immigrants, local action during May Day 2017, and other actions.
MERI facilitated Islamophobia workshop at League of Women Voters (Wake County) meeting in Raleigh, NC, on February 24, 2017. The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a nonpartisan organization whose purposes are to encourage the active participation of all citizens in government, to work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Learn about our workshops and presentations HERE.
MERI members participated in HKonJ 2017/11th Annual Moral March on Raleigh on February 11, 2017. MERI Coordinator, Manzoor Cheema, spoke on the need to end racism, Islamophobia and other forms of oppression. Anti-Islamophobia allies from MERI, Muslims for Social Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace – Triangle, and other organizations participated in this rally.
MERI made a presentation on Islamophobia in Winston-Salem on February 9, 2017. This meeting was organized by Winston-Salem Sanctuary City Movement and hosted by Green Street United Methodist Church.
MERI facilitated a workshop on Islamophobia at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, South Carolina, on February 5, 2017. This workshop explored roots of anti-Muslim bigotry, connection between Islamophobia and anti-Black racism, cases of anti-Muslim bigotry in our community and how to challenge this oppression.
MERI members participated “No Ban, No Wall” protest in downtown Raleigh on February 4, 2017. This protest was organized by NC United for Refugees and Immigrants and allies. Members of Muslims for Social Justice, Jewish Voices for Peace – Triangle, and allies spoke about the need to defeat anti-Muslim bigotry, attacks on immigrants and other oppressions.
MERI facilitated a workshop on Islamophobia and racism hosted by El Pueblo in Raleigh, NC, on February 4, 2017. El Pueblo is a Raleigh-based organization that envisions a just and equal community where all are respected, valued, and engaged.
Picture by El Pueblo
MERI Coordinator Manzoor Cheema spoke about MuslimBan executive order during a Facebook video conference organized by SEIRN (Southeast Immigrant Rights Network). This event was organized in Raleigh, NC, on February 2, 2017. Other participants included Nayely Irais (SEIRN), Martha Hernandez (Comite de Accion Popular), Griselda Alonso (formerly with El Pueblo).
MERI made a presentation titled “Challenging Racism and Islamophobia in Hillsborough, NC, on January 29, 2017. This event was organized by Orange County Human Relations Commission. Panelists included Fatema Ahmad (Muslims for Social Justice), Mark Dorosin (Orange County Commissioner, UNC Center for Civil Rights) and Manzoor Cheema (MERI and MSJ). This discussion was moderated by Imam Shane Atkinson, Associate Imam at As-Salaam Islamic Center and Muslim Life Coordinator at Elon University.
MERI members attended the second session of the Triangle People’s Assembly in Raleigh, NC, on January 28, 2017. Triangle People’s Assembly was launched by a coalition of organizations, including Black Workers for Justice, Muslims for Social Justice, UE Local 150, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, Durham Solidarity Center, Fight for $15, Organize 2020, Durham Beyond Policing, and other organizations. Learn more HERE.
MERI members attended a rally in support of refugees in the wake of MuslimBan/anti-immigrant executive orders. This rally was organized on January 27, 2017 in downtown Durham by NC United for Refugees and Immigrants and Christian World Service.
MERI Coordinator Manzoor Cheema made a presentation on Islamophobia at Emerson Waldorf High School in Chapel Hill, NC, on January 19, 2017. Other panelists included Prof. Juliane Hammer (UNC-CH), Aisha Anwar (Carolina Performing Arts) and Imam Abdul Waheed (Duke University Muslim Chaplain).
MERI supported the Muslims for Social Justice to organize a workshop titled “Know Your Rights” at As-Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh on January 18, 2017. This workshop was facilitated by the international recognized human rights lawyer and legal director of Project South – Azadeh Shahshahani.
MERI partners attended a forum titled “Linking Our Struggles During the Trump Era” at Fruit of Labor World Cultural Center in Raleigh, NC, on January 17, 2017. This forum brought representatives from anti-racism, worker rights, immigrant rights, anti-Islamophobia movements and allies.