Did you know that Boston is one of three cities in the country chosen to pilot the Department of Homeland Security’s problematic Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program?
Did you know that the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services is teaming up with prosecutors at the Justice Department to monitor the state’s Muslim community as part of CVE?
Did you know that the FBI is insinuating itself in high schools and middle schools across the country with a CVE program called “Don’t Be a Puppet” that teachers say is “ideological policing and surveillance”?
As part of the Obama Administration’s CVE program, the FBI, DHS and federal prosecutors are recruiting Boston teachers, psychologists, healthcare workers and other community leaders to help them identify future terrorists, based on flawed theories of radicalization that rely not on evidence, but on profiling, thought policing, surveillance and a strong dose of Islamophobia.
That’s why BORDC & DDF has teamed up with several Boston-area organizations to offer “Challenging Islamophobia Training of Trainers” in Boston on Saturday, September 24. We invite you to participate in this groundbreaking training.
This workshop is designed for organizers, activists, advocates, and educators who want to build on existing anti-oppression work to directly take on anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination. Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, face a range of issues – including bullying, hate violence, racial profiling, criminalization and surveillance – which stem from Islamophobia. This workshop will address the interpersonal, institutional and structural implications of anti-Muslim discrimination and discuss what can be done about it.
In this training, you will:
– Develop a shared understanding of key concepts, including: racialized oppression, nativism, Islamophobia, organized Islamophobia, and more
– Broaden your vocabulary and skill set to talk about and challenge Islamophobia
– Learn who is driving much of the anti-Muslim rhetoric prevalent in current politics
– Develop an understanding of the dangers of the Department of Justices deceptive “Countering Violent Extremism” program which is being piloted right here in Boston.
– Participate in, and leave with, a sample workshop on Islamophobia, including printed materials, that you can take and adapt for your own base
– Engage in small-group exercises to explore responses to specific scenarios related to the real-life impact of Islamophobia
– Identify opportunities and next steps to apply this training and to organize against Islamophobia with your own community or organization
***There is no cost for this training, but you are asked to commit to bringing the lessons learned back to your community or organization and conduct at least one Countering Islamophobia workshop, and to report back on the workshop.***
Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Boston Workmen’s Circle, 1762 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445
We need to raise $5,000 to pull off this workshop, and to train more trainers in Los Angeles, CA and Montgomery County, MD, two other places targeted by DHS and DOJ for the noxious counterterrorism program they call “Countering Violent Extremism.”
We can’t do it without your help. Please donate now.
Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice,Eradicate Boston College Racism Movement, Muslims for Social Justice,Muslim Justice League, Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia,Defending Dissent Foundation/ Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Center for New Community, and Jewish Voice for Peace Boston