Ramish Nadeem

Advocates for Youth

Ramish is an unabashedly Texan Queer Immigrant Muslim organizer who works to dismantle Islamaphobia and white supremacy in a Southern context without resorting to an importing of modes of liberation and community that are alien to those contexts. He also works within the Texan Muslim communities to reimagine religious spaces and reclaim the potential for spirituality and religion to serve as sites of healing from trauma, liberation from oppression, and reengagement with our spiritual selves. Towards these ends, he works with Muslim Solidarity ATX, is a founder and board member of Muslim Space, and a founder of Muslims and Allies.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Radical Islam: Lessons of Muslim Liberation from Queer Muslim Youth Activists

The Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC) is a group of Muslim-identifying people ages 17-24 from across the country, working locally and nationally as activists, organizers, writers, leaders and more to promote LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant rights, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for Muslims. MyLC focuses on: countering Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, reprodutive justice, LGBTQ rights and support for queer Muslims, and working towards racial justice and countering anti-Blackness in our communities.

Join two queer Muslim youth activists from MyLC to learn about their work and how young Muslims are reimagining Muslim spaces as liberatory, decolonial, and restorative sites. This workshop will help challenge oppressive mainstream narratives in the Muslim community and center historically subjugated Muslims including low-income and disabled folk. There will be a specific focus on understanding and countering anti-Blackness. Presenters will encourage all to commit to eradicating anti-Blackness in our spaces, especially our religious spaces, as Black folks continue to be delegitimized and erased from Muslim history, movements and places of worship.

This workshop will ask participants to explore issues of race in the Muslim community and ask them to imagine what healing spaces look like for them and to creatively extend these ideas into religious spaces. Towards the end audience members will have the opportunity to ask about Muslim Youth Leadership Council, queer Muslim resources, personal experiences, reproductive justice in a Muslim context, and more.

Speakers: Ramish Nadeem, Taylor Amari Little