I apologize for the short notice, but the Center for Vigilant Freedom needs volunteer operatives to attend the event and monitor the activities. It’s billed as a “teach-in”, and takes place on Saturday from 1pm to 9pm.
If you’re in Quebec (or can be), please attend the conference and record the proceedings, if possible. Send the recordings as .wav files to CVF at email@example.com, or post them at your own blogs and send us the links. If you can, take notes and post or send an action report as well, in addition to any possible recordings.
Thanks to a heads-up from Sketchy Thoughts, I have a lot of information in hand about the “Conference on Racism, Islamophobia and ‘National Security’“, sponsored by the Coalition Justice for Adil Charkaoui:
RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA AND “NATIONAL SECURITY”
Teach-in and strategy forum
Saturday, 26 May, 1pm to 9pm
Pavillon J.-A.-Sève, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
320 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal (Berri-UQAM metro)
Spies, media, corporations and politically-constructed public debates … In the name of “national security”, many forces in our society are helping to mobilize underlying racism and Islamophobia against Muslims, Arabs and others. The result is often devastating on people’s lives.
Targetted communities are marginalized and unable to participate fully in political, economic or social life. When extreme measures such as security certificates are used against individuals, communities are often too intimidated, alienated or constrained to respond effectively.
Join us on Saturday, 26 May to take an in-depth look at some of the concrete ways in which the national security agenda is being advanced in Canada. The teach-in will bring together community members, academics, NGOs, legal experts and activists in order to develop effective strategies to resist racial profiling and defend the liberty and dignity of all.
Here are some of the listed workshop topics:
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- “National security” and targetting of Arab and Muslim communities
- Racism and the debate on “reasonable accommodation”
- Panel Discussion: Countering the instrumentalization of “national security”
And here are some extracts from the facilitators’ bios, via I. N. Daily:
Nazila Bettache is a Montreal-based organizer and member of No One is Illegal-Montreal.
Salam El Menyawi is President of the Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM). He has been an outspoken defender of human rights and against racial profiling for many years…
Helen Hudson is a Montreal activist working in solidarity with Political Prisoners, primarily in the United States, as well as on other social justice issues including immigration and feminist questions. She is also a programmer at CKUT community radio.
Faisal Kutty currently serves as general counsel for the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association (CMCLA) and as vice-chair and legal counsel to the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. His dissertation explores the impact of anti-terror laws and policies on the rule of law. In the course of his legal practice, he has also advised and acted on behalf of dozens of individuals and charities that have been directly impacted and targeted by anti-terrorism laws and policies. He is currently acting as counsel to CAIR-CAN and the CMCLA at the Iacobucci and the Air India Inquiries.
As you can see, Saturday in Montréal will see a full lineup of representatives of the Demonic Convergence, gathering to share their ideas and plans in an effort to oppose the Counterjihad on all fronts. The more light we can shine on their doings, the better off we will be.
So if you manage to get there, please let us know.
And thanks for doing your “duty”.