CUNY MLSA presents the annual Security Culture event where vulnerable population with and outside of the Muslim Community will attend Know Your Rights Workshops.
This event is open to all CUNY Students, alumni and guests.
We are in an era where the targeted surveillance of Muslims has become the distressing norm and the oppression of other minorities remains a wretched phenomenon. This new world is especially not safe for Muslims who carry an intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Recent governmental transgressions on our communities clearly illustrate that we have a duty to get organized and defend ourselves.
Queer, Immigrant, Gender Non-Conforming, Undocumented, Secular, and People of Color perceived to be Muslims are vulnerable to increased encounters with and exploitation by law enforcement. The surveillance state continues to operate and grow ever more invasive; assaults on us will escalate if we do not take the necessary actions to protect ourselves. Marginalized minorities within Muslim communities are at an even greater risk of discriminatory surveillance, policing, and unlawful detention. Unfortunately, Muslim and allied organizations have failed to address these important security needs for marginalized Muslims. The antithesis to this is Security Culture; the practice by groups to minimize the risks of harm from governmental and other potentially damaging parties.
In response to these threats, CUNY School of Law, Muslim Law Students Association, and Tarab NYC are hosting Security Culture, a day long training for marginalized Muslims, People of Color perceived as Muslims, allies, activists, and organizers who wish make communities more inclusive and safer for all people, especially marginalized Muslims. Security Culture seeks to strengthen and implement prudent organizing initiatives as a primary layer of defense of our rights, our persons, our people, and our welfare. Every attendee will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of their legal rights, digital security and encryption training, direct action, and other forms of self-defense and preservation so that every participant is not only empowered to protect themselves but is also able to advocate for Civil Rights and social justice in solidarity with marginalized Muslims.
The CUNY School of Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.