to Dec 19

Queens, NY: Self-Defense Class and Focus Group Discussion

WISE will be hosting three self-defense and focus group discussions in the heart of Queens (where it all began!): 1) Jamaica 2) Flushing and 3) Astoria. Come learn how to stay safe from the rising anti-Muslim and gender based violence, especially in light of this recent election, and help WISE improve our services for Muslim women in Queens. We want to hear from you!

If you're interested in supporting our efforts to bring the classes to one of these locations, let us know! Email:

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Amnesty International USA Tactical Safety and Security Training
6:00 PM18:00

Amnesty International USA Tactical Safety and Security Training

  • 5 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
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Amnesty International USA and WISE are hosting a training for tactical safety and security. Join the Amnesty USA Tactical Safety and Security Team and WISE Founder, Rana Abdelhamid for an opportunity for healing and training for improving and understanding individual and community security and protection.

Protesting in the streets has been a proven tactic to build power, momentum and community around human rights issues in the US and abroad. Do you know what you need to do to ensure your safety and the safety of your affinity group if things pop off at a protest? Come to this workshop to learn about basic protest safety approaches and how to integrate a situational awareness lens when you are on the ground. 

The situational awareness training is essentially a tool that Kalay'an Mendoza has developed with frontline organizers in India and Taiwan to support them in their work in a crisis or potentially dangerous situation. He has found it to be a necessary tool in his own survival as a Queer Person of Color and has been one of the primary components in trainings Amnesty International USA has facilitated for the Human Rights Observer Delegations.

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Training open to all
Inclusive Space

The building is wheelchair accessible. There will not be ASL interpretation. This will not be a scent free environment. Documents and presentations will be available for review for those with hearing or sight impairments.

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Solidarity for Yasmin: Reclaiming NYC and Standing Against Hate
8:00 PM20:00

Solidarity for Yasmin: Reclaiming NYC and Standing Against Hate

  • Uptown 6 Subway near the 23rd Street Stop New York (map)
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The courageous and strong, Yasmin was horrifically verbally and physically attacked on a New York City subway Thursday night by three drunk white men who repeatedly yelled “Donald Trump” and attempted to remove her hijab. We are calling on NYers to join us to reclaim the space where Yasmin was attacked. Yasmin is not alone in her experience. In the weeks following Trump’s election, the group recorded 867 hate incidents committed. Of those, 206 occurred in public places. 

We invite Muslim women to wear the hijab and non-Muslim allies to join us to demonstrate and reclaim the route and space where Yasmin was attacked. We want to show all Muslim women that NYC is our city. The goal of this action is to reclaim NYC as Muslim women after Muslim women continue to experience disturbing incidents of violence and hate. We will not let this hate go unchecked. 

We assert that this is not an isolated incident; it occurred in the context of growing Islamophobia in NYC. The MTA and other public institutions must take proactive measures to address harassment and discrimination against Muslims by developing a public awareness campaign, training their staff on institutional racism and Islamophobia, and implementing a system to report hate based abuse.

Here is Yasmin's full story: "I initially was not planning on making a post about what happened yesterday, but you will probably be seeing stories about it on the news & in the newspaper tomorrow. I take the train every single day going to & coming from class, but yesterday, something happened that I never thought would happen to me. I was harassed on the subway last night and it was just so dehumanizing I can't speak about it without getting emotional. Three white racists ripped the straps off my bag & attempted to yank my hijab off my head. They yelled such disgusting slurs at me, I was so helpless and felt defenseless. "Look it's a fucking terrorist", "go back to your country", "take that rag off your head", and so many more. Trump's name was repeatedly said & it finally clicked in my head. No matter how "cultured" or "Americanized" I am, these people don't see me as an American. It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs. Trump America is real and I witnessed it first hand last night! What a traumatizing night. Please stay safe everyone & never let anyone take your rights away. Just thought I should share that with you all tonight."

community partners: Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment - WISEMuslim American Women's Policy Forum

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5:30 PM17:30

WISE - Self Defense & Discussion Session

About Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment - WISE: We are an organization that seeks to empower young Muslim women through the art of self defense, and by encouraging discussion about current and relevant issues that effect our communities. We aim to establish safe spaces for these self defense and discussion sessions every summer, across the country, and the world.

We are currently looking for sisters in the NYC area who are willing to take on leadership roles in these summer programs! If you are interested in doing so (or if you just wanna up your self-defense skills ;), join us at Hunter College on Friday, December 2nd, to get a taste of a typical self defense and discussion session with WISE! We will be demonstrating how facilitators maneuver these discussions, and some key self defense techniques.

Hunter College, TH Room 105
2 pm - 3 pm (after Jummah)

Sisters only!
All participants MUST have a valid CUNY ID with them!!!

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Final Celebration
12:00 PM12:00

Final Celebration

  • Muslim American Society Youth Center (map)
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A celebration of the completion of Womens Initiative for Self Empowerment's summer program Mentee Muslima.

Guest Speaker

Councilwoman Tahsina Ahmed-  First Bangladeshi- American woman to hold an elected position

Appearance by

K. Sultana- W.I.S.E. partner

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