CAIR-MI At USSF This Week

The US Social Forum (USSF), which will be held in Detroit from June 22 – June 25, aims at building mutli-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational and internationalist movements to transform the country.

CAIR-MI encourages you to attend USSF.  For more information, please log-on at http://www.ussf2010.org/.

CAIR-MI will be participating in the following sessions at USSF:

BUILDING ARAB AND BLACK SOLIDARITY

Sponsored by WESPAC Foundation

Wed, 06/23/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: 151 West Fort Street

Detroit, MI, 48226

This active session will discuss problems faced in attempting to build a Black-Arab coalition, Brown-on-Black racism and anti-Arab racism post-9/11.

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THE MEDIA HIJACKED MY RELIGION

Sponsored by Thaqalayn Muslim Association (TMA)

Wed, 06/23/2010 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:  WSU Student Center

5221 Gullen Mall

Detroit, MI, 48202

This workshop will be about the stereotypes and misconceptions of Islam.

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DEFEND CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS: ISSUES, STRATEGIES, AND THE NEED FOR ALLIES

Sponsored by CAIR-MI in conjunction with the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ)

Wed, 06/23/2010 – 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: Woodward Academy

951 Lafayette Street East

Detroit, MI, 48207

This workshop will focus on tactics and strategies for advancing Muslim civil rights and the need for allies to be in solidarity with Muslims to support religious equality.

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MAIN PLENARY SESSION – DETROIT NOW!

Wed, 6/23/2010 – 6:30pm – 9 pm

Location: Cobo Hall

1 Washington Blvd

Detroit, MI 48226

Main session will discuss history of community organizing in Detroit and new methods and alliances regarding community organizing.  Session will also include Latinos Unidos, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM).

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THE REALITY OF RACIAL, RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC PROFILING

Sponsored by Palestine Working Group & Latinos Unidos

Thu, 06/24/2010 – 1:00pm – 5:30pm

Location: Cobo Hall: M2-29

1 Washington Blvd

Detroit, MI 48226

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss how Racial, Religious and Ethnic Profiling effects the civil liberties of different minorities across the United States, and to show how local activism we can ensure fair government, law enforcement and employment practices.

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DEFENDING PALESTINIAN RIGHTS AMONG FAITH BASED AND LABOR COMMUNITIES

Sponsored by Palestine Cultural Office

Thu, 06/24/2010 – 1:00pm – 5:30pm

Location: Cobo Hall: 02-43

1 Washington Blvd

Detroit, MI 48226

The purpose of this session is to impart mostly unknown information and practical experiential skills regarding Palestinian Rights to participants in reaching out to Faith-Based and Labor communities.

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INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE

Fri, 6/25/2010 – 8:45am – 9:45am

Location: Grand Circus Park near Comerica Park off of Woodward Avenue in Detroit

The interfaith prayer service will be a prelude to a march and protest in front of Chase Bank regarding its lending practices and its relationship with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

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ORGANIZING AND ALIENATING – STORIES AND SOLUTIONS TO ISLAMOPHOBIA WITHIN THE PROGESSIVE MOVEMENT

Sponsored by Left Turn

Fri, 6/25/2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Westin Book Cadillac Hotel WB4

1114 Washington Blvd

Detroit, MI, 48226

In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify Islamophobia, its effects, and what it looks like in the Left. Furthermore, participants will build the skills to tackle Islamophobia in their respective movements, guided by facilitators with diverse organizing experience to draw upon.

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JUMU’AH SERMON & PRAYER

Given by CAIR-MI Executive Director Imam Dawud Walid

Fri, 6/25/2010 – 1:15pm – 1:45pm

Location: Sacred Space Canopy (Reserved location) off of West Jefferson in between 8th St and 10th St off of the Detroit River in Downtown Detroit

Topic: “Social Activism Within the Parameters of the Qur’an and Sunnah”

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