Movement or Movements? The Perils of Islamophobia on the Left

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

Despite the perception that the left is unified around anti-oppression, there is unfortunately a long and pronounced strand of Islamophobia. This has allowed for the promotion of policies and laws that have targeted Muslims under the guise of the War on Terror because of what is often a lack of resistance from both sides of the spectrum. This panel will examine institutionalized and structural Islamophobia in the War on Terror and specifically the narratives and policies that those on the left have supported such as US warfare and surveillance in order to better understand what it would mean to have a left unified in their reproach of Islamophobia.
  • Submitted by: Maha Hilal
  • Moderator: Fatima Ashraf
  • Panelists: Maha Hilal, Darakshan Raja, Shiyam Galyon, Aya Saed

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

The key takeaways will be identifying Islamophobia on the progressive side including what assumptions and ideas are harbored about Muslims. Moreover, another takeaway is that participants will leave with a more thorough understanding of what systemic Islamophobia looks like and how to uproot it from progressive spaces. This panel is important because of the fact that Muslims continue to be targets of the War on Terror and this has not be uniformly opposed in progressive spaces,

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

In order to create a unified movement that centers marginalized and impacted groups, it is critical to uproot the various forms of oppression that exist within it. At a time when Islamophobia has been increasingly used to justify policies of the Trump administration, this panel will underscore how to pushback against Islamophobia in all it's manifestations - which is critical at this juncture to avoid the further criminalization of Muslims

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