More Than 10,000 is hosting a discussion on Islam, Islamophobia, and interfaith advocacy. This event features Imam Sami Abdul Aziz from Wesleyan University and Tahirah Amatal-Wadud of CAIR-MA, as well community church leaders. In today’s political climate, it is of utmost importance to educate the public about Islam and foster understanding between different faith communities, as there has been a significant increase in Islamophobic attacks on Muslim individuals and masjids. This will be an open space for individuals to ask all the questions about Islam that they feel they cannot find answers to elsewhere, as well as learn the parallels between Islam and other faiths. Attendees will also learn how to be allies for Muslims, regardless of their own religious background.
More Than 10,000 has partnered with UConnPIRG's Hunger and Homelessness Campaign, along with the Human Rights Institute, to present a free screening of the film, After Spring. There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A.
From IMDb: "After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. This is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent."
More Than 10,000 partnered with a coalition of UConn students, including the Muslim Students Association and UConn Graduate Employee Union to host a rally, followed by political action and lobbying workshops. This is in response to the executive orders and proposed policies of the current presidential administration. Local congresspeople, students, staff, and professors from various marginalized communities, including Muslims, women, immigrants, and science academics spoke on the importance of resisting Trump’s actions. This event was distinct from other rallies, as it combined awareness with action, by teaching attendees specific skills, such as phone-banking and letter-writing in breakout sessions.
More Than 10,000 and partner organizations hosted a panel discussion about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Ahmed Karajha and Marwan Abdelhaim Eldaltry, two Syrian refugees who were resettled in CT, were asked about their experiences in Syria, the migration process, and life in CT. Congressman Joe Courtney, Mark Hand of Gilead Congregational Church, and Reverend Ann Plumley of Quiet Corner Refugee Resettlement were asked about their experiences advocating for refugees and settling them in CT.