(DALLAS, TX, 5/29/14) -- On Friday May, 30 and Saturday, May 31, the North Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NTX) will partner with a group of young Muslim activists, called Enlightened Generations, to host a panel discussion and a walk to raise awareness about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in our society.
WHAT: Pre-Walk Panel with NYU Professor and author of the book "The Muslims Are Coming!" Arun Kundnani
WHEN: Friday, May 30th at 8:15pm
WHERE: Islamic Center of Irving, 2555 Esters Rd. Irving, TX 75062
WHAT: Walk Against Islamophobia
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 11a.m - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. Dallas, Texas
The panel discussion on Friday night will focus on the work and research Mr. Kundnani has conducted regarding Islamophobia and the domestic war on terror and the national implication for the American community. Executive Director for CAIR-NTX Alia Salem will join Mr. Kundnani on the panel to discuss the North Texas situation specifically.
Speakers for the walk will include local activist and public speaker Nicole Queen and Pastor Wes Magruder, senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. The walk will also feature poetry readings, information booths and food for sale from Afrah Mediterranean restaurant in Dallas.
Annum Jaffer, founder of Enlightened Generations and the walk's main organizer said:
"The use of fear of a group of people for any agenda is what we are actually walking against today. It was the Japanese during World War II, Jews when anti-Semitism was at its peak, African Americans pre- and post- civil rights movement, and it has been Muslims for decades now. In the future it could be the minority group that you belong to whether it's your race or your beliefs. Islamophobia is therefore everyone's problem to stand up against because at its base it is part of a larger pattern. This is an on-going pattern of labeling one group of people as the 'other' in order to justify the destruction of basic human rights."
Islamophobia has become both an overt and latent manifestation of the continued anti-Islam hatred and bigotry that has spread throughout the nation. Those with Anti-Muslim and Anti-Islam views and agendas have cultivated a multi-million dollar industry devoted to disparaging Islam and Muslims in America and the world over. Everyday American Muslims who share the same values of freedom of religion, safety and security for their communities, the right to a good education and more face a continued barrage of hateful rhetoric, crimes and subjugation as a result of this culture of fear.
SEE: Legislating Fear, CAIR's 2013 Islamophobia report
CAIR-North Texas Executive Director Alia Salem said concerning CAIR's involvement:
"Our goal is to continue a proud American tradition of speaking out against bigotry and hatred, uniting, as a whole, the community against injustice, but also, and more importantly to inspire a new generation to be more active in fighting for the worthy causes that will help our society to grow and prosper."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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