Forum On Islamaphobia & Prevent

Sunday 1st July at the Friends Meeting House in Norwich at 2.15 pm.

We face a rise in racism across our society. Islamophobia is the sharp end of this. Scapegoating of Muslims by large parts of the media and the political class is constant.

The horrific death of Makram Ali and injuries to others near Finsbury Park Mosque last June together with acid attacks and increased harassment of Muslim women all show a disturbing rise of Islamophobia in Britain.

The government’s Prevent programme has also contributed in some parts of the country to a climate of fear and distrust – allowing several high profile cases to take place in which it appears that the authorities have targeted Muslims.

This is a particular issue in schools and universities, where Prevent, rather like Section 28 in the 1980s, has also led to a stifling of debate.

Prevent requires welfare workers, teachers, lecturers and other public service workers to report on those suspected of extremist b_ehaviour in addition to usual safeguarding procedures. Schools should be open places where views are expressed and debated.

Norwich Stand Up to Racism is therefore organising a Forum with speakers and workshops  to discuss how we can oppose the growing problem of islamaphobia and deal with the effects of the Prevent programme. This follows the success of a number of similar events held in other parts of the country.

They would like this event to represent all sections of the community so would appreciate your help in building it.

There will be an organising meeting at which leaflets for the forum will be available – 6.30pm on Tuesday 29th May Vauxhall Centre. All welcome.

Electronic and hard copies can be made available by contacting Mike Waterman via  mikenewtown@hotmail.com

Sirajul Islam East Anglian Bangladashi Islamic Centre & Nick O’Brien Campaigns Officer, Norfolk NUT on behalf of Norwich Stand Up to Racism