"Real Talk about the War on Terror, Islamophobia, ..."

4/7/2016 6:00 PM

"Real Talk about the War on Terror, Islamophobia, ..."

Real Talk about the "War on Terror": Islamophobia, Preemptive Prosecution, and the Attack on Dissent
Public · Talk · Hosted by Project South

On the 10th anniversary of the unjust targeting of two Atlanta Muslim youth, Shifa Sadequee and Haris Ahmed, this event will shine light on post-9/11 human rights abuses affecting Muslims, Black communities, and immigrant communities of color from the perspective of family members, community leaders, and advocates. Speakers will draw connections between surveillance, entrapment, and prosecution of members of Black liberation movements to Muslim Americans post-9/11, from COINTELPRO to the "War on Terror." Speakers will also shed light on how these tactics attempt to disrupt and terrorize communities, inhibiting community members from collectively organizing for justice in support of marginalized members of our communities, and discuss possible strategies for collective transformative community building.

The event will highlight Shifa Sadequee’s story which was documented in a recent HBO film, questioning the unethical practices of FBI’s targeting of Muslims. The family is organizing to demand his release and seek community support. Haris Ahmed is scheduled to be released next year and his father will be sharing their stories of struggle from his upcoming book. 

“10 years after Shifa’s abduction and unjust imprisonment, my family is asking for his release and for the end of policies of preemptive prosecution of Muslim-Americans,” said Sonali Sadequee, the sister of Shifa Sadequee, who will speak at the event.

“In this climate of Islamophobia and suffocating surveillance targeting Muslim communities and communities of color, it is essential for our social justice movements to stand in solidarity with those under attack and organize to counter the repression,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South, who will be moderating the discussion.  

Sonali Sadequee, sister of Shifa Sadequee (who was born in the US, lived in Roswell, GA)
Syed R. Ahmed, father of Haris Ahmed (who is a naturalized American citizen born in Pakistan, former Georgia Tech student, Syed Haris Ahmed)
Imam Furqan A. Muhammad, Imam at Masjid al-Muminun
Karima Al-Amin, attorney and the wife of Imam Jamil Al-Amin 
Stephanie Guilloud, Co-Director, Project South 

MODERATOR: Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Hosted by Project South and Justice For Shifa


Advancing Justice-ATLANTA
Community Masjid of Atlanta--West End
Council on American-Islamic Relations-GEORGIA
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
Jewish Voice for Peace-ATLANTA
Inner-City Muslim Action Network-ATLANTA
Islamic Center of North Fulton (ICNF)
Islamic Center of West Georgia
Masjid Al-Mu'minun
National Lawyers Guild-GEORGIA
Roswell Community Masjid
West Cobb Islamic Center

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Venue: Masjid Al-Mu'minun, 1127 Hank Aaron Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Contact: Azadeh N. Shahshahani, Project South, 404-574-0851azadeh@projectsouth.org,  https://www.facebook.com/events/1683434525252951/?active_tab=highlights

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