BY JESSICA JENKINS
United for Change and Zeytuna College host a landmark conference that synchronizes beautifully with the Groundswell mission TOMORROW in Washington DC on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary.
"As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approach, and as the initial run-up to the presidential election campaign begins, we can expect the anti-Muslim defamation, demonizing and fear-mongering to intensify. That being the case, unless there is a strong countervailing message of peace, reconciliation and mutual cooperation and respect, the tide of bigotry and hatred may become so strong that it cannot be turned back.
"Now is the time for us to begin to address this situation by not only endeavoring to educate people about the imminent danger facing us all, but also to begin working to create a new social and political culture that lays the foundation for a viable pluralistic and multicultural world. In that spirit, United For Change, in partnership with Zaytuna College, has decided to host a conference where we can not only discuss and analyze the anti-Muslim bigotry that is currently sweeping the country, but we can also begin to lay the foundation for an alternative discourse.
"To do this, we are gathering a wide array of internationally renowned scholars and activists."
Speakers will include: Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, Karen Armstrong, John Esposito, Sherman Jackson, Merve Kavakci-Islam, Altaf Husain, Mohamed Magid, Muhammad Ninowy, Yasir Qadhi, Tariq Ramadan, Zaid Shakir, Siraj Wahhaj, Hamza Yusuf
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Time: 10am to 10pm (Doors open at 9am)
Location: Washington DC Convention Center
General Admission: $30
Student Admission: $25
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