Anti-Racism Workshop Series
“All mankind is from Adam and Eve. an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a white — except by piety and good action.” —Prophet Muhammad (saw) the Last Sermon
The Sisterhood is excited to announce a new series to address anti-racism and work towards dismantling white supremacy. By following the Prophetic model, we are rooted in the Sunnah and reminded of the diversity of identities and how we show up. This series will provide language, examples, tools, techniques and most importantly sisterhood in order to change a system.
We are partnering with Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Eastside Freedom Library to host interactive, thought-provoking workshops. Location will alternate between Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) and the Eastside Freedom Library.
This workshop, led by Valerie Shirley and Hope Sweeney of Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community, will examine the disease of colorblindness and how it creates barriers to allyship. We will engage in meaningful activities that will give us fundamental tools to begin our journey toward allyship. We will also learn how to dismantle weapons of privilege and oppression that we hold in order to become true accomplices in the struggle for equity.
DATE CHANGE: Oct 19th | East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106
We know that racism exists in our community and that we tip-toe around it. Let’s talk about it, understand its impact on our intra-community relationships, and be better.
DATE CHANGE: Nov 23rd | East Side Freedom Library - 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106
This workshop will help attendees explore their personal + public identities and use their newfound understanding to fuel intentional interactions with their families, coworkers and peers. This workshop will also focus on movement-building through identity work, using Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment as an example. This session is meant to be interactive, so come prepared to have courageous conversations within your community!
Islamophobia and anti-Semitism draw from the same pool of hate — white supremacy. We are being pitted against each other deliberately, and it’s time to recognize that our power together is stronger than hate.
In this workshop, community organizer and racial justice advocate Ayaan Dahir will guide participants through a history of white supremacy and its manifestations in the modern world. This interactive training will allow participants the opportunity to analyze white supremacy, examine the ways in which communities of color have been affected, and arm themselves with solutions to manifesting racial justice in their own communities.
In this workshop, Valerie Shirley and Hope Sweeney of Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community will define bias as it relates to institutional racism, oppression, and discrimination. Through interactive activities, we will be examining our privilege along with the historical elements that shape our current worldview — and acknowledging how all of these factors intersect in the Muslim community.