Deepa Iyer Presents: We Too Sing America

Thursday November 12, 7:30PM

@ Red Emma's

14 years after 9/11, our country continues to contend with public policies and misleading media narratives that have scapegoated South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh immigrant communities. We have "yet to fully confront the scope and effects of racial anxiety, Islamophobia and xenophobia," writes Deepa Iyer in her new book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press).

Iyer’s book weaves stories of young activists who work across intersections of race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, and faith in order to push back against the issues that are making news headlines today. Iyer’s book also places post 9/11 America in a larger context - that of America’s changing racial demographics. As communities of color grow in population size, how will they gain economic, political and cultural power and equity? What are the roles of South Asian, Arab and Muslim immigrants in fostering multiracial unity by centralizing Black liberation? Iyer’s book examines these questions in light of post 9/11 America, the changing racial landscape, and today’s people-centered movements for social change.

More about Iyer’s book is at

She tweets @dviyer.

More upcoming events

@ Red Emma's
Black Feminist Friday at Red Emma's! As we celebrate milestone anniversaries of key Black feminist texts like the Combahee River Collective Statement, join the authors of several recently published Black feminist books for an evening of lively conversation about Black feminism past, present and future! Speakers will include Robyn Spencer, author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Andrea J. Ritchie author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of ColorTiyi Morris author of Woman Power Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity.
@ Red Emma's

From the Women in Black vigils and Dyke marches to the Million Mom March, women have seized a dynamic role in early twenty-first century protest. The varied demonstrations--whether about gender, sexuality, war, or other issues--share significant characteristics as space-claiming performances in and of themselves beyond their place in any broader movement.

Elizabeth Currans blends feminist, queer, and critical race theory with performance studies, political theory, and geography to explore the outcomes and cultural relevance of public protest. Drawing on observation, interviews, and archival and published sources, Currans shows why and how women utilize public protest as a method of participating in contemporary political and cultural dialogues. She also examines how groups treat public space as an important resource and explains the tactics different women protesters use to claim, transform, and hold it. The result is a passionate and pertinent argument that women-organized demonstrations can offer scholars a path to study the relationship of gender and public space in today's political culture.

@ Red Emma's

Kristen Jeffers has always been interested in how cities work. She’s also always loved writing things. She went off to a major state university, got a communication degree and then started a more professional Blogger site. Then, in her graduate seminar on urban politics, along with browsing the urbanist blogosphere, she realized that her ideas should have a stronger, clearer voice, one that reflects her identity as a Black southern woman. And with that The Black Urbanist blog was born. Seven years, one Twitter account, one self-published book and a litany of speeches and urban planning projects later, here we are. Kristen will join us to talk about why she started the blog, why she keeps it going and how important it is to bring your personality and your identity to spaces that may or may not be built for you.

In ‘“You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones”: And 18 Other Myths about Teachers, Teachers Unions, and Public Education’, three distinguished educators, scholars, and activists flip the script on many enduring and popular myths about teachers, teachers' unions, and education that permeate our culture. By unpacking these myths, and underscoring the necessity of strong and vital public schools as a common good, the authors challenge readers--whether parents, community members, policymakers, union activists, or educators themselves--to rethink their assumptions.