Beyond The Ban: Resisting Structural Islamophobia

On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision solidifying the Muslim Ban, we gather at this event to explore the history and impact of structural Islamophobia.


Thank you for joining us for #BeyondTheBan. On the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision solidifying the Muslim Ban, we gather at this event to explore the history and impact of structural Islamophobia. Through a moderated panel discussion, experts will discuss the law surrounding the Ban, links between societal and systematic Islamophobia, and frameworks to understand Islamophobia. The panel will provide analysis alongside calls to action to challenge structural Islamophobia at its roots, resist systemic bigotry of all kinds, and amplify the voices of people currently impacted by the Ban today.


We encourage you to livetweet this panel using the hashtag #BeyondTheBan. Other hashtags to use today include #repealtheban, #noMuslimBanEver, #nobanact.


This panel is livestreaming here. You are welcome to share this link with anyone who can't attend in person.


For questions you'd like answered during the Q&A session, comment below or write your question down on a notecard provided at the event.


  • 2:05 pm: Introduction and welcoming remarks
  • 2:10 pm: Panel discussion
  • 3:05 pm: Q&A begins
  • 3:25 pm: Conclusion
  • 3:30 pm: Refreshments in lobby

Facts/Resources on the Muslim Ban

[via ReThink Media]

President Trump's Muslim Ban continues to separate families, deny people medical treatment, and keep those abroad from pursuing deserved opportunities in the U.S.

In January, the Cato Institute estimated that “3,742 spouses (or fiancés) of U.S. citizens” and “5,542 adopted children of U.S. citizens” have been kept out of the country by Trump’s Muslim Ban.

During the ban’s first 16 months only 5.1 percent of waiver requests were granted


Speaker Bios

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. [Mogahed is on Twitter @DMohaged].

Dr. Maha Hilal is the co-Director of Justice for Muslims Collective where she focuses on political education addressing institutionalized Islamophobia. Dr. Hilal is also an organizer with Witness Against Torture and a Council member of the School of the Americas Watch. She earned her doctorate in May 2014 from the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, D.C. The title of her dissertation is “Too damn Muslim to be trusted”: The War on Terror and the Muslim American response. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She tweets @Dr_Maha_Hilal.

Abed A. Ayoub serves as the National Legal & Policy Director of the American -Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC), the country’s largest Arab American civil rights organization, based in Washington, D.C. Through his position Ayoub works to address issues impacting Arabs and Muslims in the United States, including discrimination, hate crimes, and profiling. Ayoub is a native of Dearborn, Michigan, which is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans. Outside of ADC, he works with a number of organizations on interfaith projects and has participated in numerous diversity training programs throughout the country. Ayoub has received recognition for his public interest work and dedication to the legal community. You can follow Ayoub on twitter, @aayoub.

Vanessa Taylor is a writer based out of Philadelphia, although the Midwest will always be home. Originally getting her start as an organizer in Minneapolis, she uses writing as an extension of community work. Through articles, essays, fiction, and more, she focuses on exploring the intersections of Black Muslim womanhood, technology, and the taboo. Her articles have appeared in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, and The Intercept. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Catapult, as Editor’s Pick in Barren Magazine, and in Belt Magazine — where she received a Pushcart Prize nomination. In 2017, she was a fellow with Muslim Wellness inaugural Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders class. She is currently a 2019 Echoing Idea cohort member and a Muslim Youth Leadership Council member. [She is on Twitter @BaconTribe].

Iman Hassan is a staff attorney at the Center on Conscience & War. She works to extend and defend the rights of conscientious objectors (COs), those who oppose their participation in war, including members of the US military who, following a crisis of conscience, seek discharge as conscientious objectors. She has worked on Wall Street and represented numerous domestic and international banks and other institutions in all types of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Furthermore, she worked with the firm’s Veterans Assistance Project and represented numerous clients in disability compensation and related claims. [She is on Twitter @ImanHassanEsq].

Namira Islam is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder and Community Engagement Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), an organization which provides racial justice education and training. Namira previously practiced in poverty law, worked in prisoners’ rights litigation, and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations. Her legal background includes research on racism and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. Based in metro Detroit, Namira is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law. She tweets @namirari.



ISPU conducts objective, solution-seeking research that empowers American Muslims to develop their community and fully contribute to democracy and pluralism in the United States. [Twitter][Facebook]

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is the largest Arab American grassroots organization committed to protecting civil rights, promoting mutual understanding, and preserving cultural heritage. [Twitter][Facebook]

The mission of Justice for Muslims Collective is to combat institutional and structural Islamophobia in the DC metro area through political education, grassroots organizing, mobilizations, and building alliances across movements. [Twitter][Facebook]

MuslimARC is a faith-based human rights education organization that creates spaces for learning and developing racial equity; connects people across multi-ethnic networks using digital media, dialogue, and storytelling; and cultivates solutions to advance racial equity. [Twitter][Facebook]

Advocates for Youth works alongside thousands of young people here in the U.S. and around the globe as they fight for sexual health, rights and justice. [Twitter][Facebook]

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) works to support, empower and connect LGBTQ Muslims. [Twitter][Facebook]

Up Next: Training on Critical Anti-Islamophobia Activism

Join us for a MuslimARC webinar on Critical Anti-Islamophobia on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019. This online training aims to shed light on the ways in which Islamophobia is an outgrowth of structural racism, who it harms, and the ways in which the Islamophobia imperils our democracy. Participants will explore the roots of anti-Muslim bias, addressing the ways in which Muslims in the US are impacted by the criminal justice, immigration, and national security system.

Are you interested in receiving more information to attend this webinar? RSVP here.


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