IBRAHIM RAMEY Director of the Human and Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society Freedom (MAS Freedom)
Ibrahim Adbil-Mu’id Ramey is the Director of the Human and Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society Freedom (MAS Freedom), the human rights and social advocacy component of the Muslim American Society. MAS is America’s largest grassroots Muslim organization, with chapters in some 50 cities in the USA. He serves as a board member of the Muslim’s Women Initiative, the Temple of Understanding, an interfaith organization promoting dialogue and cooperation among diverse religious traditions, and the Climate Crisis Coalition. He also serves as a Vice President of the Steering Committees of the Religious NGO Community at the United Nations.
Muslim Perspectives Through Film and Dialogue: Understanding, Empathy, Civic Discourse
Presenters: Ibrahim Ramey, Director, Human and Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom); Daniel Tutt, Outreach Manager, Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) Track: Training Skills Level: All Delivery: Skills Workshop Keywords: 20,000 Dialogues Date/Time: TBD
20,000 Dialogues is an innovative, nationwide dialogue initiative using discussions about films to promote civic engagement. It seeks to build greater understanding of Muslims and Islam at a time of misunderstanding. Through collaboration with partnering organizations and using Unity Productions Foundation’s (UPF) award-winning PBS documentary films: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, Prince Among Slaves, On a Wing and a Prayer, Talking Through Walls, and most recently Allah Made Me Funny, the first ever Muslim comedy film. The initiative is seeking to generate 20,000 dialogues in churches, mosques, community centers and libraries across America: www.20000dialogues.org.
This session has three objectives:
Introduce 20,000 Dialogues to participants in strategic terms: outline of the national program and strategy for social change through dialogue. Introduce the dialogical model 20,000 Dialogues incorporates at the grassroots level, followed by a brief outline of the current accomplishments and models of 20,000 Dialogues (30 minutes).
An experiential dialogue component where participants break into small groups and model the 20,000 Dialogues format. This session will screen 5 minutes of a UPF film, and take participants through 3 dialogue questions (15 minutes).
Participants will then share insights, lessons, and strategies for expanding the 20,000 Dialogues program in their own network and beyond (15 minutes).