Fear of the Other:
Challenging Xenophobia, Racism, Islamophobia and keeping the Dream Alive!
When: Monday, October 9, 2017, 1 to 6 PM,
Where: The Madison Theater, Albany, NY.
Speakers: Kathy Kelly, Shirey Archie, Michael Brannigan, Imam Faisal Ahmad, Sherri Bauer, Rev. Emily McNeill, Josh Connors, Nitty Gritty Slam Poets
… Workshops, poetry and song to keep our country free and to challenge Xenophobia, Racism and Islamophobia and other societal problems.
Sponsored by Tierra Farms, Inc., the Madison Theater and the Interfaith Alliance of NYS
Complete conference information at www.madisontheater.com or call John @ 518.312.6442 .
Suggested donation $10 . Scholarships available if needed.
When did America become afraid of foreigners? Immigrants? And what of these words from the sonnet New Colossus by Emma Lazarus’ mounted on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
And what of Islamophobia too often cultivated by our government. Isn’t this the nation that in 1791 wrote into law the First Amendment?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There is no place in America for Islamophobia or anti Semitism or any form of religious intolerance.
“From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome . . . ”
We will keep the dream alive!