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Resources against Islamophobia

January 29, 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Quebec City mosque that killed 6 men and wounded 19. ICLMG is committed to combatting Islamophobia as it is both a cause and a consequence of the racist foundations and applications of national security.

Despite many hateful incidents reported in the media in the last year, and the obviously islamophobic character of the January 29, 2017 massacre, many people seem to think that Islamophobia is not real, and that the word was created recently to stifle free speech and criticism of Islam.

We know that this is not the case and that this belief is an attempt to divert attention from the very real islamophobic attacks on Muslims. Others might be aware that Islamophobia is real, alive and kicking but be unsure how to combat it. Here are some resources (it is not a complete list) that may help you understand or show others what Islamophobia is, and how to fight it. Feel free to use and share them widely!

NOOR CULTURAL CENTER 2017 BRIEF ON ISLAMOPHOBIA IN CANADA

This brief was submitted by the Noor Cultural Centre to the parliamentary Heritage Committee, for its Motion M103 hearings on Islamophobia in Canada. The ICLMG has endorsed this brief. I highly suggest you read it and share it widely. http://www.noorculturalcentre.ca/?p=16629

TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

National Council of Canadian Muslims’ trainings: https://www.nccm.ca/connect/training/

A few slides from the workshop on Islamophobia given by Rana Nazzal during OPIRG Carleton’s 2017 Tools for Change Symposium:

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WEBSITES

Monia’s blog, columns and books – follow her on Twitter @MoniaMazigh: https://moniamazigh.wordpress.com

NCCM’s map of anti-Muslim incidents in Canada: https://www.nccm.ca/map/

Fear Inc. Explore the $57 million network fueling Islamophobia in the United States: https://islamophobianetwork.com

Network against Islamophobia: https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/network-against-islamophobia/

ARTICLES

All Muslims are often blamed for single acts of terror. Psychology explains how to stop it. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/11/30/16645024/collective-blame-psychology-muslim

When people ask you why Muslims don’t denounce terrorism, show them this: The 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims do condemn terrorism: https://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2017/mar/26/muslims-condemn-terrorism-stats

PEOPLE AND PAGES TO FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER

National Council of Canadian Muslims: https://www.facebook.com/NCCMuslims/ & https://twitter.com/nccm

Linda Sarsour: https://www.facebook.com/lsarsour/  & https://twitter.com/lsarsour

Dalia Mogahed: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507181698

Middle Eastern Feminist: https://www.facebook.com/themiddleeasternfeminist/

Muslim Girl: https://www.facebook.com/muslimgirlarmy/

The Secret Life of Muslims: https://www.facebook.com/SecretlifeofMuslims/

Coalition Against White Supremacy & Islamophobia (CAWSI): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1792848744374213/

Collectif Canadien Anti-Islamophobie: https://www.facebook.com/Collectif.Canadien.Anti.Islamophobie/

Association des Musulmans et des Arabes pour la Laïcité au Québec: https://www.facebook.com/AMALQuebec/

ARTICLES

Islamophobia: The Right Word for a Real Problem: http://bridge.georgetown.edu/islamophobia-the-right-word-for-a-real-problem/

A Non-Muslim Guide to Standing up to Islamophobia: http://muslimgirl.com/36100/heres-non-muslim-guide-standing-islamophobia/

BOOKS

Arun Kundnani, The Muslims are coming: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror, 2015

Deepa Kumar, Islamophobia and The Politics of Empire, 2012

The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims by Nathan Lean, 2012

VIDEOS

Our panel on National Security & Islamophobia in Canada with author and activist Monia Mazigh and lawyer Yavar Hameed: https://www.facebook.com/iclmg.csilc/videos/vl.133649934098574/1711728942171675/?type=1

Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13:

Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History 216:

Emotional speech by Muslim woman on Islamophobia in Canadian parliament:

What do you think when you look at me? | Dalia Mogahed :

 

Extreme(ly queer) Muslims series:

Islamophobin, a gum to cure anti-Muslim bigotry!

7 Questions British Muslims Are Tired of Hearing:

Things Not To Say To Someone Who Wears A Burqa:

Some of the Best Responses to Islamophobia in 2016:

Documentary Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People:

Other TedTalk on Islamophobia:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ted+talk+islamophobia

BCCLA’s handbook on what to do if CSIS approaches you

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With the recent testimonies from Muslim Canadians being approached by CSIS, sometimes at their workplace, it is important to remind people what their rights are and what they can do if they are ever approached by CSIS.

Read the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s handbook here.

Read the People’s Commission Network’s Top Ten Reasons to not Talk – or Listen – to CSIS.

The Protection Charter for Canadians detained abroad

Protection Charter

ICLMG is one of the many supporters of the Protection Charter

Amnesty International & Fahmy Foundation – Some cases of Canadians detained abroad have received strong support at senior political levels, others virtually none. Some have been complicated or undermined by the fact that Canadian security or law enforcement agencies have been involved and even complicit. In some instances the Canadian government’s response has appeared to be tempered because of close economic, strategic or political ties with the foreign government in question; other times Canadian options have been limited because relations with the foreign government are strained. There is a growing perception that some Canadians who face human rights violations abroad receive less political support than others might, because of their personal, family, political or religious background.

Most recently the case of Mohamed Fahmy, wrongfully imprisoned in Egypt because of his work as a journalist, has brought into sharp focus the urgent need to reform and strengthen the laws, policies and practices that guide Canadian government action in such cases. The Canadian government frequently failed to press hard on Mohamed Fahmy’s behalf and to raise his case at senior levels, meaning his detention was prolonged and delays in ensuring he received necessary medical treatment while in prison have resulted in a permanent disability in his arm.

The need for reform is urgent because while Mohamed Fahmy is now safely back in Canada, in countries around the world other individuals remain wrongly imprisoned, face the possibility of execution, have been and may again be tortured, or are at risk of other human rights violations at this very time.

This Charter is being offered as an appeal to the Canadian government to commit to a reform process over the course of 2016 that will change practices, revise policies and amend laws as needed; all with an eye to strengthening Canadian efforts to protect Canadian citizens, permanent residents and individuals with close Canadian connections from serious human rights violations in other countries.

The 12 points of the Protection Charter:

1 Enshrine the right to consular assistance and equal treatment in Canadian law

2 Develop transparent criteria to guide consular assistance

3 Protecting Canadian journalists abroad

4 Actively defend Canadian nationality

5 Do not allow unjust foreign laws or practices to deter Canadian action

6 Establish an independent office for review of consular assistance

7 Consistent support for death penalty clemency

8 Institute review and oversight of Canadian national security agencies

9 Ongoing concerns after release: access to justice and freedom of movement

10 Ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture

11 Develop an inter-governmental network

12 Establish guidelines for permanent residents and others with Canadian connections

Read the full Protection Charter here.

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