Media Advisory: Community discussion on Sports & Resistance in the era of Trump (featuring Dave Zirin & Shireen Ahmed)

Attention News and Sports Editors — For Immediate Release

Panel discussion on Sports and Resistance in the era of Trump; featuring journalists Dave Zirin (People’s History of Sports in the USA) & Shireen Ahmed (Tales of a Hijabi Footballer)

Sports, resistance, patriotism, dissent, sexual harassment and Islamophobia to be addressed in unique public community discussion

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Date of event: Friday, February 17, 2017, 6:30pm-9pm

Location: Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, H-110 Auditorium

Info: www.qpirgconcordia.org

Panelists:

– Dave Zirin (Author, Edge of Sports podcast)

– Shireen Ahmed (Writer, Tales of a Hijabi Footballer blog)

– Jennifer Drummond (Sexual Assault Resource Centre of Concordia)

– Rana Salah (Muslim anti-racist activist, active with the Center for Gender Advocacy)

Pre-interviews with panelists available on request.

Contact Aaron Lakoff at 514-831-2844 (cell) or aaronlakoff@gmail.com

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February 9, 2017, Montreal — A unique panel discussion will bring together respected journalists and activists to address resistance to Donald Trump through the lens of sports.

The NFL season just wrapped up – a season that saw quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the American national anthem in protest against police brutality and racism. Kaepernick’s action sent shockwaves throughout the sports world.

Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States and host of the Edge of Sports podcast, will be travelling to Montreal from DC to discuss the front line of athletes resisting Trump.

Shireen Ahmed will coming from Toronto to discuss opposition to the unsettling wave of Islamophobia in North America, and how it could impact Muslim athletes, particularly Muslim women.

Jennifer Drummond of the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) at Concordia will address strategies for combating sexism and toxic masculinity in sports. Over the past year, the SARC launched a joint initiative with the Stingers varsity teams to provide consent workshops to all university athletes. In a year that the now US President has justified acts of sexual assault as “locker-room talk”, it’s all the more imperative to raise awareness around feminist issues both inside and outside the locker room.

And finally, Rana Salah, a local Muslim activist and poet active with the Center for Gender Advocacy and the Quebec Public Research Interest Group (QPIRG) at Concordia will open the panel with a reflection on the recent massacre at the Centre culturel islamique in Quebec City.

This community event is co-presented by the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) Concordia and the Concordia Communication Studies Department. Media are also welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

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Pre-interviews with panelists available on request.

Contact Aaron Lakoff: 514-831-2844 (cell) or aaronlakoff@gmail.com