Hartford, CT - Day of Solidarity (April 8th, 2016)
The first Hijabs & Hoodies Day of Solidarity was organized in Hartford, CT by Trinity College. The event took place (April 8th 2016) during the campus’ biggest cultural event, the Trinity College International Hip Hop Festival with the keynote address being delivered by Amer Ahmed.
Hijabs & Hoodies Day of Solidarity is a community action calling for solidarity and support from different communities by encouraging them to wear a hijab/hoodie for one day as a symbol of solidarity. In addition to the voluntary action of wearing a hoodie/hijab we hope that the Day of Solidarity will be a platform for sharing common experiences and struggles through open mics where people can express themselves through spoken word, poetry, and performances..
A Call For Solidarity:
Because her headscarf triggered violence.
Because his hoodie marked him for death.
Because his skin color induces fear.
Because their existence unleashes your brutality
Because we matter.
Because we refuse to end in violence.
Neither wearing a hoodie nor a hijab is a reason for murder, and standing up to racial hatred means opposing all forms of violence. The Hijabs & Hoodies Day of Solidarity is a small step to acknowledging the rise of violence against African-, Arab-, and Muslim Americans and also recognizing the shared experiences of resistance between these communities. Muslim and Black bodies are on the front lines of increased violence in the form of racial profiling, surveillance, police brutality, rape, murder, hate crimes, and other deplorable acts. Stand in solidarity against these heinous acts by wearing a hijab or hoodie.