The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) Program stands in solidarity with the current nationwide and international civil protests against systemic racism brutally manifested in the police violation of human rights, especially the murder and abuse of Black and African American communities with impunity. We include our voices in support of the demand for justice in all cases of such murders, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others.
The MEIS interdisciplinary program at CSUN is committed to social justice by educating our students about the destructive effects of racial, sexual, ethnic and religious prejudices and stereotypes. We are also committed to educating against anti-blackness in our communities.
Our mission closely intersects with social justice movements that seek to demilitarize the police and, rather, invest in the social, political and economic well-being of all. We condemn the brutal dehumanization of communities of color, women, and new immigrants under a system of white supremacy and domination. It is clear that we need systemic reforms now in order to pursue equity and justice for marginalized communities. It is only when Black Lives truly Matter that we will make progress toward building a more just society together.