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The Network Against Islamophobia (NAI)
by JVP Artist Council Member Micah Bazant in collaboration with Linda Sarsour.he Network Against Islamophobia (NAI), a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, was created to serve as a resource to, and work with, JVP chapters and other groups interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism and to be a partner to the broader, Muslim-led movement against Islamophobia. NAI facilitates online resource-sharing of FAQs, public letters, press statements, articles, and other materials.
We know that in order to do our work as effectively as possible, our community/political education is essential. Therefore, we are so pleased to be able to share our workshop curricula and modules, Challenging Islamophobia and Racism. We have worked the past few years developing these materials and resources so that we could all be more effective, principled, creative, thoughtful partners in this work.
Our curricula, modules, and resources include:
FACILITATOR GUIDE (WITH LINKS TO ALL SESSIONS)
This Facilitator Guide offers background and ways for using the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) workshop curriculum and modules as well as practical support for creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment. View and download by clicking "spoiler"
TWO SESSION WORKSHOP: CHALLENGING ISLAMOPHOBIA AND RACISM
This workshop series is divided into two 2-hour sessions with several sections within each session. There are also suggested resource materials as follow-up to each of the sections. View and download by clicking "spoiler"
INTRODUCTION: CHALLENGING ISLAMOPHOBIA AND RACISM
- A 60-75 minute condensed version of the two session NAI Curriculum.
- For individuals and groups that want to plan an action or are currently organizing a campaign or action against Islamophobia.
- For groups working in partnership, or wanting to work within coalitions, with Muslim partners and with other groups challenging Islamophobia.
- This module looks at the ways that bystanders of injustices can intervene, support, and prioritize the person being targeted.
- This module looks at the ways that race, racism, and racialization are constructed in relation to U.S. Muslims from Middle Eastern and South Asian immigrant communities, Arab Americans, and Black American Muslims.
- This module looks at the ways that liberal Islamophobia is present in the U.S. today and how it affects people’s perceptions of Muslims and connects to cultural and structural racism and government policies.
- This module looks at the relationship between Islamophobia and Israel’s Anti-Palestinian Politics while investigating the U.S. “War on Terror” and the concept of the “Clash of Civilizations.”
- This module looks at the mainstream Jewish organizations that have a history of supporting Islamophobia and encourages participants to think deeply about who our Jewish allies and partners are.
- This module looks at mainstream Jewish organizations that have a history of funding anti-Muslim hate groups.
NAI UPDATES IN RESPONSE TO THE CURRENT MOMENT
STANDING WITH MUSLIMS AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA AND RACISM
Join the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) in putting these posters and stickers in your homes, in your neighborhood stores, in our communities, and around your schools.
In this political moment, it is critical that we are as visible as we can be in standing with the Muslim community and opposing Islamophobia and racism.
Thank you to JVP Artist Council and NYC Chapter member Sarah Sills for the beautiful design of our signs.
STOP PROFILING MUSLIMS
One of the many manifestations of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism is that Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim are being stopped at airport security, having their rights routinely violated, and being removed from flights.
This is completely unacceptable. It is intimidating, it is discriminatory, and it is a violation of basic human rights. We need to say so.
Working with our partners at Jews Say No!, we, the Network Against Islamophobia decided to make these t-shirts. The message is simple: Stop profiling Muslims. And we hope that all of us who are not profiled can wear them when we pass through security, when we walk through the airport, when we board and sit next to people on our flights (or trains or buses or at rest stops on the highway).
Jewish Voice for Peace is distributing these shirts at cost as part of our ongoing organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.
It’s critical that we say, with total clarity, that we stand against Islamophobia and profiling of any kind.
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