Session Type(s): Caucus/Roundtable
Starts: Thursday, Aug. 2 2:30 PM
Ends: Thursday, Aug. 2 3:45 PM
This open caucus is intended to provide space where members of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities and allies can discuss how the progressive movement can support the fight against bigotry and attacks on the civil and human rights of Muslims. Come connect with like-minded and allied folks. We’ll be engaging in conversation around upcoming issues for the MASA community and how we can work together to improve our movement and our country.
Firdaus Arastu is a communications strategist working to shift the narrative of Muslim communities in America by increasing the visibility of Muslims in the arts and storytelling mediums. She researched and co-authored the chapter, “American Muslim Women and Faith-Inspired Activism,” in Feminism and Religion: How Faiths View Women and Their Rights (2016). She provided research assistance for “American Muslims, American Islam, and the American Constitutional Heritage,” published in Religious Freedom in America (2015). She is an editor at altMuslimah, and has been published in Al Jazeera English, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Tribune India. Firdaus holds a B.S. in Anthropology and Psychology from Syracuse University.
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Scott Simpson serves as public advocacy director for Muslim Advocates, where he leads a department leveraging communications and campaigns to impact policies, news coverage, and public opinion about American Muslims.
Scott has previously served on faculty of the Howard University School of Communications and as the director of media and campaigns for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
He is the editor of two books, “Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition” written by Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and “From the Closet to the Courts: Expanded 30th Anniversary Edition” written by his great aunt, gay liberation leader Ruth Simpson.
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