First Community Discussion on “How Words Can Help…and Hurt” Attracts Diverse Audience from Across L.A.


(From left to right) Student Ameer Alim and his mom; SLNC Co-chair Anne-Marie Johnson; Marwa Abdelghani, Media Fellow, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Associate Imam Rushdan Mujahid-Deen, Masjid Bilal Islamic CenterLisa Palombi, Manager, Silver Lake Branch Libraryand SLNC Secretary Betsy Isroelit

The first in a series of community conversations exploring how “Words Can Help…and Hurt” was attended by an enthusiastic and diverse group of individuals who traveled to the event from as far away as L.A.’s South Bay. The attendees openly discussed “Life As American Muslim” and the misunderstandings that can stem from “Islamaphobia.” Panelist Marwa Abdelghani, media fellow at the Muslim Affairs Council who writes extensively on issues such as the political climate in the U.S. and the Middle East, noted that, “Being a Muslim and an American is not contradictory,” and asked the audience to think about where negative perceptions start.

The discussion was co-sponsored by the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and the Silver Lake Library. Lisa Palombi, manager of the Silver Lake Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, recommended a resource list for additional information on this topic.

The second event in the series, “AGEISM: Is it the prevalent “ism’?” will take place from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 9, at the library.