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Church to Hold Talk on Islamophobia Tonight

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington at 4444 Arlington Blvd (Photo courtesy UUCA)(Updated at 11 a.m.) It’s been planned for at least a week but the results of the election may bring renewed interest to a talk at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington tonight.

The church, at 4444 Arlington Blvd, is holding a discussion entitled “Islamophobia: Replacing Fears with Facts.” The event is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

From a press release:

The Committee for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine (CPJIP) of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington is hosting a talk entitled: Islamophobia: Replacing Fears with Facts, presented by Ms. Meira Neggaz, Executive Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), in Washington, D.C.

Neggaz will present ISPU’s groundbreaking research on Islamophobia and will lead a discussion of what each of us can do to combat discrimination against historically marginalized groups, including American Muslims.

The talk is open to the public. Congregants from the Moroccan American Muslim community and neighboring Christian and Jewish congregations are expected to attend.

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Local Officials to Participate in ‘Muslim Town Hall Meeting’

Arlington Central Library(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) Confronting a wave of national Islamophobia in the wake of high-profile terror attacks, community leaders in Arlington are aiming to tackle bigotry via civic engagement.

A “Muslim Town Hall Meeting” has been organized and is scheduled to take place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street).

The town hall, described as a “non-partisan community event,” is being hosted by the groups NOVA Muslim Americans and Veterans Challenge Islamophobia. It will take place in three parts:

  1. “Civic engagement panel discussion”
  2. “Political engagement panel discussion”
  3. “Tackling Islamophobia”

Scheduled speakers at the event include:

  • State Sen. Adam Ebbin
  • Arlington County Board members Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey
  • Arlington School Board member Nancy Van Doren
  • Arlington Police Chief Jay Farr
  • Baroness Pola Uddin of the British House of Lords
  • Jim Driscoll of Veterans Challenge Islamophobia
  • Kip Malinosky, Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee
  • Eric Brescia of the Arlington County Republican Committee
  • Ghizlane Moustaid, Chair of GMU Muslim Association
  • Yasmine Taeb, co-author of “Fear, Inc. 2.0”
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