Kalia Abiade

Advocacy Director
Center for New Community

Kalia Abiade is the Advocacy Director at the Center for New Community, a research and advocacy organization that tracks organized racist movements. She leads CNC's work to equip and mobilize grassroots organizations and national coalitions to challenge racial discrimination in public discourse, practice, and policy. Kalia has more than a decade of experience as a journalist, and she taught high school students in Southwest Virginia with Upward Bound/TRIO. She currently serves as an adviser for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and lives with her family in Chicago.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

The War on Terror, 15 Years Later

Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities continue to face the consequences of the policies and actions taken after the attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2016, the year we marked the 15 year anniversary of 9/11, reports of hate violence, workplace discrimination and school bullying spiked around the nation. Surveillance and counterterrorism policies are placing communities in danger and setting the tone for a national climate of suspicion and fear. How are communities responding? Where do we go from here? How must broader racial justice movements include and incorporate issues confronting our communities? Our panelists - Kalia Abiade (Center for New Community), Azadeh Shahshahani (Project South), Arjun Sethi (The Sikh Coalition), and Deepa Iyer (The Center for Social Inclusion) - provide analyses and best practices.

Speakers: Deepa Iyer, Kalia Abiade, Arjun Sethi, Asma Elhuni