MERI Facilitates Islamophobia Workshop for SURJ Triangle
A workshop titled “Disrupting Islamophobia” was presented to the members of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Triangle on February 28, 2016. This workshop was facilitated by Qasima Wideman, Eva Panjwani and Manzoor Cheema. This workshop identified roots of Islamophobia as racialized oppression and different ways this oppression operates in our society. This workshop included interactive sessions where participants developed responses to scenarios of Islamophobia attacks in community. The workshop offered many practical actions people can take to challenge Islamophobia, racism and other forms of oppression.
MERI offers workshops on Islamophobia that are facilitated by People of Color and Muslim presenters. These workshops offer interactive sessions to allow understanding about Islamophobia and learn from participants’ experience. Resources generated from these workshops allow anti-Islamophobia work by grassroots organizers in the People of Color and Muslim communities.
SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.