No Separate Justice: Challenging Islamophobia in Policing, Prosecution and Immigration Policy

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

This panel will discuss the ways in which Muslim communities, often rendered invisible in the public discourse about criminal justice, policing, and immigration, are harmed by these systems. We will bring together a diverse group of advocates, including impacted community members, to shed light on how “national security” is frequently used as a pretext to criminalize Muslim communities. A key goal of the panel is to broaden our understanding of Islamophobia as not only interpersonal anti-Muslim racism, but also a structural force enacted through surveillance, policing, and immigration policies specifically designed to target Muslims. Panelists will also discuss the domestic policy manifestations of the “Global War on Terror” and US foreign
  • Submitted by: Sally Eberhardt
  • Moderator: Jeanne Theoharis
  • Panelists: Noor Zafar, Pardiss Kebriaei, Rabia Ahsin

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

Islamophobia pervades US domestic and foreign policy. However, in current debates over immigration, policing and incarceration, it has been pushed to the background as activists and politicians alike focus on anti-black/Latinx racism and anti-Semitism. We will detail the devastating post-9/11 erosion of rights (including accounts from affected community members) and encourage participants to bring Islamophobia into current political debates and racial, criminal and immigrant campaigning work.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

Particularly since 9/11, Muslim communities in the US have been under attack through myriad government tools including unlawful surveillance programs; arbitrary terrorist watch lists; prosecutions based on broad material support theories; and conditions of confinement even harsher than solitary. And yet these abuses, and organizing efforts against them, have been largely absent from mainstream progressive conversations. Netroots offers a crucial venue to center these Muslim community experiences

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