Racism, Empire and Resistance

Posted by admin on Oct 30th, 2014

Join us for a panel and community gathering to discuss the aftermath of the Ottawa shooting.

6:30-8:30 PM
YWCA 733 Beatty St (one block from Stadium Skytrain station)
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories

With Muslim, South Asian, Arab and Kurdish speakers and performers:

  • Itrath Syed studies and teaches on moral panics and Muslim bodies in the West. She is also involved with the local antiwar movement and in resisting the erosion of civil rights and the racial profiling of the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities in Canada.
  • Jahanzeb Hussain writes on South Asian politics and the impacts of the War on Terror in the region. He has worked with Newsline, Pakistan’s premier English language current affairs publication, and is also an editor of Ricochet.
  • Sozan Savehilaghi comes from a family of Kurdish guerilla fighters. She is engaged in migrant justice, antiracist, and anticapitalist activism, and is a collective member of No One Is Illegal on Coast Salish territories.
  • Razan is a Palestinian and Syrian musician and performer. They are still learning what it means to live as a settler on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
  • Hosted by Hasan Alam of No One Is Illegal Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories.


We are witnessing an escalation in Islamophobia with racist and fear-mongering media tropes all over mainstream and social media, as well as a number of reported hate crimes targeting mosques. At the same time, Harper has promised new legislation to curtail civil liberties and is sending troops into Northern Iraq under the guise of fighting ISIS as part of the War on Terror that has brutalized people through military occupation and drone attacks for thirteen years. As recent media attention focuses on the West’s saviour crusading against ISIS, we stand in solidarity with Kurdish communities in Kobane and elsewhere in the region who have been fighting for decades against domination on all fronts.

Come join us in a evening of reflection, sharing of personal experience and analysis, and coming together to strengthen our resistance against racism, Islamophobia and empire.

For more information contact No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories. Email noii-van@resist.ca



We will have snacks and bus tickets.
We will also have childcare on-site.

The YWCA Hotel is wheelchair accessible. The building has about 10 stairs to the front entrance and a side ramp to the front entrance. the room is on the ground level with double doors. there are two wheelchair accessible bathrooms. For a look at the room and what seating looks like visit:http://www.ywcahotel.com/content/MEETING_ROOMS/329

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