The Threat of Islamophobia

January 08, 2016 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Kayse Jama (moderator), Executive Director for the Center for Intercultural Organizing, who was born in Somalia; Professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Reed College faculty and nationally recognized scholar in Islam in America and the Middle East; Homa Miazad, a lab instructor at the Child Development Center at Portland Community College; Wajdi Said, President and co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust; and Nadia Najim, a local high school student.

With calls for both the exclusion and registration of Muslims in America, Islamophobia has become an increasingly common aspect of national conversation. And, from anti-Muslim rallies in Medford to street harassment in Portland, Oregon isn't immune.

Join us for a conversation connecting national rhetoric to local activity with a focus on lived experiences and how we can make our communities safe and welcoming for all of our residents. We'll first talk with local Muslim-American leaders about their experiences with Islamophobia in Oregon. We'll then widen the conversation to include other community members to consider how this latest upswing in anti-Muslim hate speech may be connected to other anti-immigrant commentary on the local and national stage.

Produced by Colin Jones of City Club of Portland's Friday Forum Committee.

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From anti-Muslim rallies in Medford to street harassment in Portland, Oregon is not immune from the impacts of Islamophobia.

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