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CAIR-Austin to Host Community Dialogue on Race, Violence and Stereotyping of Marginalized Communities

(AUSTIN, TX, 4/25/18) – On Thursday, April 26, the Austin chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin), along with the Austin-based NoBanNoWall Collective will host a panel discussion to challenge violent stereotypes frequently and falsely associated with marginalized communities.

WHAT: Panel Discussion on Stereotyping Marginalized Communities through Narratives of Violence

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

WHERE: Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702

WHO: CAIR-Austin & the NoBanNoWallCollective

The discussion will be held at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library and panelists will include representatives from Austin Justice Coalition, NAACP, Counter Balance: ATX, Grassroots Leadership, Southwestern University, AZAAD, Texas Impact, Texas After Violence Project, and the Austin Human Rights Commission.

The panelists will initiate the discussion through the lens of the Austin bombings and confront the continuous association of marginalized communities with violent behavior, criminality and terrorism.

Panelists will also address stereotypes perpetuated through media coverage and systematic and institutionalized racism and bias. This first-of-its-kind discussion in Austin, which brings together advocates from the African-American, Latinx and Muslim communities, will have panelists examining racism and privilege within marginalized communities that prevents unity and collective action, along with promoting opportunities for mutual support, self-care and action in solidarity.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director, Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105,


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