Monthly Archives: June 2015

Wajahat Ali, Before Columbus Foundation board member, discusses origin and rise of Islamophobia with Washington Weekly

“In light of rising incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry, we decide to take a hard look at the root causes of Islamophobia in America and why it’s becoming more mainstream.

“Wajahat Ali, Journalist & Writer, Al Jazeera America and Rabia Chaudry, National Security Fellow, New America Foundation join Washington Weekly to chime in on the issue.”

The Daily Californian recaps the Oakland Book Festival including Before Columbus Foundation’s panel

“In the panel ‘Multiculturalism or Political Correctness?,’ pioneering Asian American novelist and UC Berkeley alumnus Shawn Wong described his experiences at UC Berkeley in the 1960s, a time when ‘no classes, no teachers, no credit’ existed for Asian American studies. Wong’s personal narrative speaks to systemic hurdles that distance ethnic minorities from the study of literature.”

SFGate highlights authors featured at the Oakland Book Festival

East Bay Express coverage of the Oakland Book Festival

“The Oakland Book Festival isn’t really about books. It’s about ideas — specifically, the ideas that resound throughout Oakland, and are echoed in similar cities across the globe. On May 31, for seven hours, the new annual event will occupy City Hall and Frank Ogawa Plaza. The hearing rooms and council chambers will fill up with authors, poets, activists, and philosophers discussing topics ranging from “Faith and Social Justice” to “Multiculturalism or Political Correctness?”

“Outside, authors and publishers will sell books, while children learn to make their own in workshops run by the Museum of Children’s Arts. Writers will give readings, and live music will emanate from the plaza amphitheater. At any given point in the day, there will be six events occurring simultaneously. And, like most gatherings staged at Frank Ogawa Plaza, the Oakland Book Festival will be booming with opinions.”

Oakland Book Festival features panel discussion presented by Before Columbus Foundation

Follow the link below to view the tremendous line-up at this year’s festival, Sunday, May 31st. One Day • Seven Hours
90 Writers • 40 Events 11AM – 6 PM Oakland City Hall & Frank Ogawa Plaza

Panel Discussion: MultiCulturalism or Political Correctness? (presented by The Before Columbus Foundation) with Lorna Dee Cervantes, Justin Desmangles, David Meltzer, Gundar Strads, Armond White, and Shawn Wong.