The South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) will organize a public forum that will be held in Vancouver on Saturday, September 8.
The topic will be RACISM TODAY In Memory of the Gurdwara Killings in Wisconsin and the attacks on mosques in the US. The public forum will take place from 2 pm to 5 pm at
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Panelists include Harsha Walia (noii), Indira Prahst (Langara College), Itrath Syed (Simon Fraser University), Tony McAleer (former Skinhead; Life After Hate)
Moderator: Summer Pervez (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)
The racist killings of 6 people in the Oak Creek Gurudwara on August 5 shocked people across the world and drew widespread condemnation. This was followed by attacks on several mosques, including the burning of a mosque in Missouri. These attacks are the culmination of hundreds of attacks on the Sikh and Muslim communities in the US since Sept 11, 2001. These racist attacks need to be placed in the perspective of the wider social and political scene that enables them. We must think of what we need to do to end such violent expressions of hate and the systemic construction of threatening aliens among us.