We wish to share details of upcoming events on how to resist Islamophobia and understand its causes that you might be interested in attending.
Feel free to share this information with anyone else who might be interested as you do not need to be a UNISON member to attend either of these events.
Resisting Islamophobia through poetry
An evening of poetry with acclaimed poet, performer, educator and writer Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. Performances of poems from her collection, Postcolonial Banter, have gained millions of views online, been performed internationally from New York to Berlin, and are a tool of disrupting mainstream narratives, resisting the ongoing violence of racism and colonialism; and imagining another world beyond merely reforming oppressive institutions. Suhaiymah’s critical analyses of Islamophobia take us far beyond merely a look at “hate crimes”, to thinking about how narratives about Muslims and violence are used to deliberately distract us from addressing the root causes of violence around us today – be it at the border, through state surveillance, inequities in healthcare and education, or global imperialism.
This is an online event taking place via Zoom at 6pm on Tuesday 9 November. You may join this meeting by registering your details via the following link.
Islamophobia Conference- Wednesday 24th November 2021
The Sunnyside Club are hosting Bolton’s first ever Islamophobia Conference, aimed at tackling hate crime and Islamophobia. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 24th November 2021 between 1.00pm and 3.30pm in the Bolton Whites Hotel, University of Bolton Stadium, De Havilland Way, Bolton BL6 6SF.
The event is free to attend and there will be guest speakers from GMP, agencies and organisations involved in tackling hate crime with a focus on racial/religious hate crime in particular the rise in Islamophobic incidents. The event will showcase victim numbers reported, what staff and professionals can do to support victims, listen to some personal stories and more information on the worrying rise of right-wing extremism and the normalisation of anti-Muslim racism. There will also be an opportunity to network and learn good practice.
Places will be limited, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your places.