Confronting Far-Right Extremism: Perspectives from the United States and Europe

Start: 2023-06-06 13:00:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: 2023-06-06 14:15:00 UTC Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

This is a virtual event

We are at a dangerous moment in history. Far-right extremists from Europe to the United States are drawing on race, ethnicity, and religion to construct the idea of a dangerous and unwanted “other.” A mounting wave of xenophobia, Islamophobia, and nativism continues to influence social attitudes and mainstream political discourse.

Join us on June 6 for an in-depth discussion with renowned activists Linda Sarsour, Guerline Jozef, and Yasser Louati to discuss the fast-growing and alarming upsurge in far-right extremism—and how to combat it.

Tuesday, June 6 at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT / 11 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. PT / 7 p.m. Paris)

Speaker Bios:

Linda Sarsour is an award-winning racial justice and civil rights activist, seasoned community organizer, direct action strategist, and mother of three.  Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!” She is the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change and co-founder of Until Freedom, an intersectional racial justice organization focused on direct action and power building in communities of color. Until Freedom is best known for their work on the Breonna Taylor police murder case in Louisville, Kentucky.

Linda was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Linda was the youngest woman and first Muslim woman to receive the Margaret Brent Medal at St. Mary’s College. She has been honored by dozens of local and national entities including the New York Women’s Foundation, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, The New York City Council, President Barack Obama, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, The Black Institute, NAACP New York Conference, and the Ms. Foundation. Linda is the author of, “We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love & Resistance” published by Simon & Schuster and awaiting the release of her next book, “We’re In This Together” aimed at young teens. She is most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.

Guerline Jozef is a leading human rights advocate who dedicates her life to bringing awareness to issues that affect us all locally and globally, such as immigration, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and other human rights issues. Guerline is the Founder & Executive Director of the Haitian Bride Alliance, the only Black-led, womxn-led, Haitian-American-led organization serving migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond. She is also the co-founder of the Black Immigrants Bail Fund (BIBF) and the Co-Founder of the Cameroon Advocacy Network. Ms. Jozef was named one of POLITICO’s 2021 40 Most Influential People on Race, Politics, and Policy in the United States for her leadership and is the recipient of prestigious awards—most recently, the Las Americas’ 2021 Border Heroes Award, the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, the 2022 National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network Community Champion Award, the 2022 American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award, and was named one of the Haitian Times' Newsmakers of 2022 and received the prestigious Dutty Boukman award. She has been featured in Forbes Magazine and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, Time Magazine, The Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and many other publications. Guerline has also testified in front of the United Nations and the United States Congress to demand the humane treatment of Black immigrants.

Yasser Louati is a French political analyst and human rights advocate based in Paris. He is currently Head of the Committee for Justice & Liberties (CJL) , a transnational human rights and civil liberties organization. The CJL's work is based on production of knowledge (research, investigation), empowerment (popular education, training) and mobilizations (strategic litigation, campaigns).

Previously, he was a community organizer from the Paris South Side Banlieues where he led multiple campaigns against racism, police brutality and mass surveillance. Yasser was also the co-author of the European Report on Islamophobia for two years and advised multiple organizations, think tanks and editors from major outlets on French politics and social movements.

He is fluent in French, English and Arabic. Alongside his weekly column for The New Arab where he shares his analysis for an English speaking audience, Yasser is also a regular contributor to international news outlets such as the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and TRT, and others. He can also be heard on his podcasts "Le Breakdown" and "Les Idées Libres".

Previously, Yasser was a pilot and held management positions in the business aviation industry. Trained on Cessna Citations and Embraer ERJ135/145 family of jets, he flew as a captain predominantly in the US and the MENA region with responsibilities in aircraft management and pilot training.

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