Advancing America Toward Justice

Panel 1: 3:30PM

EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY

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FINDING THE SWEET SPOT BETWEEN ENGAGEMENT AND RESISTANCE

What is the most effective path to justice? To attaining equal rights? After the last election, the need for justice is dire - but oftentimes the debates and disagreements about the strategies of "engagement" and "resistance" slow down the work. While some believe that engagement is the only path to equality and justice, others view resistance as being more effective. In reality, creating lasting change requires the intermingling of both tactics and approaches to effectively replace policies and reform institutions that have marginalized American Muslims and other groups.

It requires us to recognize when our different paths to approaching social change may be disharmonious and seek a middle ground.

Throughout our country’s history, tools from resistance to advocacy, engagement to boycott have been used in the struggle toward justice. This panel of local community leaders and young professionals will share their experiences and theories of change to help us see each others’ perspectives and model how we can come together to advance justice in America.

 
This work is about gradual progress.
— Umar Hakim
 

speakers

President, Bayan Claremont

CLDP Alum, Fulbright Fellow

City Council Candidate

Civil Rights Lawyer & Founder, Advancement Project

Muslim Bar Association

Director, ILM Foundation #Inkerij