Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Savages Unite: a public forum" with Imam Talib and Mark Gonzales; Tuesday 10/9 7-8:30 PM

Artists and community members examine the impact of racism on our communities.

Savages Unite will present artistic and academic perspectives on the history of hate speech within racial & religious discrimination specifically, and colonialist & imperialist propaganda more generally. This forum will examine the connections and solutions to Islamophobia, xenophobia, White supremacism, and institutionalized discrimination in the forms of surveillance, infiltration, predatory policing and war.

Savages Unite will be an open space for community members to share concerns and ideas for countering hate and war and becoming part of the solution.


IMAM AL-HAJJ TALIB 'ABDUR-RASHID is the religious and spiritual leader (Imam) of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc. The mosque , located in Harlem, New York City, is the lineal descendant of the Muslim Mosque Inc. founded by the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), in 1964. Imam ‘Abdur-Rashid is also the Amir (President) of the Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of Metropolitan New York. Nationally, he serves as the Deputy Amir (Vice President) of The Muslim Alliance in North America.

MARK GONZALES has been described as ‘Khalil Gibran meets Pablo Neruda.’ He is a HBO Def Jam poet who has shared his writing on stage around the world, including the first TEDxRamallah talks held in Palestine, which led him to trend worldwide on Twitter. As a community builder he was an invited speaker at the United Nations tribunal on Social Exclusion. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at the Institute of Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Mark’s work breaks borders to wage beauty across continents of language and culture, which has earned him respect for his creative approaches to suicide prevention, human rights and human development.

More speakers and co-sponsors to be announced soon...

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