Confronting Islamophobia

Top Pick June 14, 2017 Boston Free 0
(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Join us for an important conversation on understanding and confronting Islamophobia, nationally and in Massachusetts. We’ll be joined by the Shannon Al-Wakeel, executive director of the Muslim Justice League (MJL), to talk about the way that Muslim communities are targeted structurally and ways to advocate for policy change. Shannon was one of four Muslim women who founded MJL after federal announcements of a “countering violent extremism” program in Boston. Prior to MJL, Shannon worked with Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and later Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, where her advocacy contributed to advances in immigrant access to education and health care and safeguards against unconstitutional deportation programs, as well as defeat of scores of anti-immigrant legislative proposals.

Shannon previously served as president of the Board of Directors of the New England Muslim Bar Association and, following the Boston Marathon bombing, provided “Know Your Rights” education and government relations assistance to Massachusetts mosques in response to increased targeting of local Muslim communities. Outside MJL, Shannon serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Tzedek Salons bring young Jews, in their 20/30s, together with social activists, policy makers, attorneys, and academics for casual conversations at local bars to explore cutting-edge issues facing our society and state today.

Space is wheelchair accessible and light refreshments will be served. For all other accessibility questions, please contact Hannah.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CIC Boston
50 Milk St
Boston, MA 02109

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