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MMPJ Coffeehouse: Being #UnapologeticallyMuslim

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Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could just unapologetically be themselves, without fear of judgement or discrimination?

McMaster Muslims for Peace and Justice (MMPJ) is trying to make that a reality for marginalized and oppressed groups on campus and in Hamilton.

The MSU club is organizing a coffeehouse in hopes of providing a safe platform for students to express their thoughts and experiences regarding the surge in Islamophobia in the world today. The theme is centered around what it means to be unapologetically Muslim, giving an opportunity to showcase Muslim identities through spoken word, poetry, and art.

The event is open to everyone, and will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 8pm-10pm at Bridges Cafe. You can check out the cool promo video for the event here.

Sana sat down with students from the club’s executive team, Walied Abdulaziz and Dareen El-Sayed, along with Sameh Helmy, to chat about MMPJ and their upcoming event. The group also discussed MMPJ’s mandate to amplify the voices of the oppressed and shared some of their rather controversial opinions on the driving forces behind Islamaphobia.

To listen to the full interview, click on the sound clip below. To find out more about the club, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter or visit their page on the MSU website.

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