Shows: April 7, 2014

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Muslim New Yorkers Mobilize for Rights in City Schools

Shortly after taking office in 2014, New York City Mayor de Blasio has reaffirmed his plans to close NYC public schools for the two Muslim holidays of Eid, stating that we must “respect Muslim faiths.” While this move is being embraced by Muslim families and community, the same community has been subjected to grave violation of their rights by the city under the NYPD’s ongoing mass surveillance of mosques, Muslim businesses and organizations. A federal judge in NJ recently ruled this practice as being constitutional; however, another lawsuit has been filed in NY challenging this practice.

APF speaks with Ryan Mahoney of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) about how the Muslim community has been mobilizing for fairness in city schools while challenging continued threats against their civil rights.

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Wanting in Arabic: A Conversation with Poet Trish Salah

Trish Salah's highly-acclaimed first collection of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, received much attention after its release in 2002, and was re-issued in 2013. Considered a "refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories," her poems evoke questions around transpoetics, nostalgia, and diasporic Arab identity in North America. Most recently, her second edition has been nominated for this year's Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Fiction. APF had a chance to speak with Trish Salah about the political potential of poetry and language, and to hear about her upcoming projects.

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