How to be an Ally: Islamophobia at the Intersections
Ada Slaight Hall
585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7, Canada
The Centre for Social Innovation and Rania El Mugammar are collaborating to present a panel discussion and Q&A that explores manifestations of Islamophobia in the context of Canada from the lens of diverse folks with spiritual, ancestral, religious, cultural and familial connections to Islam. The event will focus on community organizing strategies, building safe spaces for Muslims from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences and addressing the different ways in which Islamophobia manifests itself at the internalized, interpersonal and institutional levels. The event is for anyone wanting to learn about how we can address Islamophobia together.
6:30 pm Doors Open & Light Snacks 6:45 pm Childcare Registration Opens7:00 pm Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Context7:30 pm Panel Discussion Begins 8:45 pm Q & A9:25 pm Closing Remarks
Barrier Free Access. Childcare, ASL & Gender Neutral Washrooms Available. Not Scent Free
Panelists: Kusha Dadui, Gilary Massa & Rania El Mugammar
Moderator: Adil Dhalla
Kusha Dadui is a Muslim Trans Masculine person of colour who came here as a refugee about 21 years ago and have been involved in the LGBTQ community for 15 years in different capacities. Kusha has been focusing a lot of his work around being Muslim and Trans. He is currently the Trans Program Coordinator at Sherbourne Health Centre.
Adil Dhalla is the Centre for Social Innovation TO’s new Executive Director and has a profound desire for inclusive and accessible communities. He was recently named a BALLE Fellow, becoming the first Muslim to ever receive the honour; the Co-Founder and Chair for Camp Reset, a summer camp for adults focused on creating safe spaces for adults to play, connect and transform; and the Chair of the Board for the StopGap Foundation, an organization focused on creating accessible cities.
Gilary Massa is a proud Afro Latina Muslim with long standing history in Community activism. Gilary understands the ways in which marginalized peoples are robbed of their agency, and ability to pass on their stories, and is committed to creating spaces for communities to fight, on their own terms, against injustice and oppression. Over the past 10 years, Gilary has been an active member of the labour and student movements where she has fought for the rights of students and workers alike. Gilary is a the Equity officer for Cupe 1281 and a new mom.
Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian NPO Director, Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant , performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn's rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth, gender/race justice and organizing locally and globally. Social justice anchors Rania's work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion. She is the current co-chair of the Outburst Advisory Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, former curator of D’bi Young’s Watah School “Art(is)t Shaman” Series, a member of the Kandake Performance Collective, the editor of SpeakSudan’s youth arts magazine and a contributor to a variety of blogs and publications. You can find more information on the topic of Islamophobia at Intersections by checking out her website here: www.raniawrites.com/Islamophobia
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