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It is time to wrestle away the negative headlines by amplifying voices of reason. Let’s WISE Up and counter all forms of extremism, including hate.

Please Join us at a historic gathering of hundreds of religious and community leaders, scholars, academics, policymakers, lawmakers to launch WISE Up:Knowledge Ends Extremism at a full day Summit in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street North West, Washington, DC 20005. Registration starts at 9:00 AM, with the Summit beginning promptly at 9.30 AM and ending at 5:00 PM.

October 26th will be your WISE Up day as you learn about this multi-faceted campaign aimed at preventing the spread of extremist ideology and hate crimes in America. You will see how knowledge is the most powerful tool against all forms of extremism. This day-long Summit is aimed at uniting Americans of goodwill to strengthen our national unity.

Summit Schedule:

9:00 - 9:30am: Registration

9:30 - 10:00am: Press Conference

PART 1: Voices of American Muslims

10:15 - 11:15am: Panel 1 - "History of Islam in America and Challenges Facing America Muslims" - Moderated by Jerome Socolovsky of Religion News Service

11:20- 11:50am: Panel 2 - "Crafting an American Muslim Identity" - Moderated by Andy Shallal

11:50 - 12:00pm: "Spotlight: Notable American Muslims" - Presentation by Wajahat Ali

12:15 - 1:20pm: VIP Lunch and Buffet Lunch

PART 2: Emergence of Extremist Ideology

1:30 - 2:40pm: Panel 1 - "Islamic Theology vs. Extremist Ideology" - Moderated by Sally Quinn of The Washington Post

2:45 - 3:05pm: Panel 2 - "Why Women Join ISIS" and "How Women Lead in Peacebuilding" - Moderated by Sally Quinn of the Washington Post

PART 3: Preventing Extremist Recruitment

3:20 - 4:30pm: Panel 1 - "Understanding Extremist Recruitment and Early Intervention" - Moderated by Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English

4:35 - 4:55pm: Panel 2 - "Highlighting 40 True Heroes and Heroines, Past and Present" - Moderated by Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera English

5:00 - 5:30pm: "Honoring WISE Heroes: Muslim and Interfaith Heroic Initiatives" - Moderated by Wajahat Ali and Presented by Daisy Khan

The Summit will be livestreamed at www.wiseupreport.org/summit

For questions, please contact lisa@wisemuslimwomen.org or (212) 870-2551

Host Committee: Russell Simmons, Hip Hop Moghul & Chair of FFEU, Rabbi Marc Schneier Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Inclusive Security, Imam Mohamed Magid, ADAMS Center, Rev. Mark Farr, Sustained Dialogue Institute, Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), James Patton, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy, Imam Talib M. Shareef, Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque, Rabbi Gerry Serotta, InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Jim Wallis, Sojourners, Robert J. Silverman, Muslim Jewish Advisory Council & AJC, Steve Miska, First Amendment Voice, Global Peace Foundation, Scott Cooper, Human Rights First, Veterans for American Ideals, Ryan John Koch, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rev. Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center for New York, Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Jewish Theological Seminary, John W. Kiser, Abdelkader Education Project, Majid Alsayegh, Dialogue Institute, Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

WISE Up Summit is a full day event. If you can afford the time, please consider staying for the day. It is an intensive on American Muslims, Islam, ideology of Extremists, beliefs of Muslims, other forms of extremism, creating resilient families, inspiring through heroes.

  1. The day will begin with a Press conference. It will highlight WISE Up as an unprecedented collaborative community effort between scholars, community leaders, activists, and veterans with diverse ideologies and national origins who have developed a holistic solution to Islamophobia and extremism.
  2. The day sessions will center around the 375 page research and evidence-based report of knowledge, WISE Up, authored by over 70 noted Muslim scholars, faith leaders, public servants, and veterans who contributed their expertise to develop practical ways to combat hate crimes, Islamophobia, and terrorism.
  3. We will present an abstract of an upcoming WISE Up Policy paper aimed at Policymakers, Media, Muslim, and interfaith communities.
  4. You will hear directly from the Voices of American Muslims – their engagement in public life, the challenges they confront as American citizen, and creative ways that they deal with these obstacles.
  5. You will be surprised and inspired by 35 notable American Muslims who enrich America every day.
  6. You will finally see the missing piece of the puzzle: a clear comparison between Islamic Theology vs. Extremist Ideology and ways in which Muslims debunk distortions of Islamic terms by ISIS.
  7. You will understand the push and pull factors that motivate men and women to join extremist groups and you will learn ways to prevent extremist recruitment online.
  8. You will hear specialists explain how to strengthen families, how to rehabilitate prison inmates, how to do bystander intervention, and how tocounter hate speech.
  9. You will be inspired to hear about the 40 Muslim heroes profiled in WISE Up
  10. You will dozens of heroic initiatives led by Muslim and interfaith promoting interfaith cooperation.
  11. You will hear about the special toolkits which will enhance your skills to become effective advocates for educational outreach in your communities and with your Muslim neighbors.
  12. You will find ways to get involved by leveraging WISE Up as an engagement tool in an upcoming heartland tour “WISE Up Town Hall Dialogues” which aims to reach Mayors, interfaith communities and the public.

Hear from many WISE Up Contributors:

Congressman Keith Ellison • Imam Mohamed Magid • Imam Talib M. Shareef • Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf •
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid• Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat • Imam Souleimane Konate • Imam Tahir Kukaj
• Imam Jamal Rahman • Imam Michael Saahir • Maulana Wahiduddin Khan • Shaikh Rami Nsour • Shaikh
Kabir Helminski • Dr. Ibrahim Negm • Dr. Fathali Mogghadam • Dr. Eboo Patel • Dr. Reza Aslan • Dr. John
Andrew Morrow • Dr. Safi Kaskas • Dr. Laleh Bakhti ar • Dr. Jonathan AC Brown • Dr. Houda Abadi • Dr.
Rohan Gunaratna • Dr. Mohamed Bin Ali • Dr. Mehnaz Afridi • Dr. Sultan Abdulhameed • Dr. Wayel Azmeh
• Dr. Saeed Albezreh • Dr. Nazir Khan • Dr. Peter Romaniuk • Syed-Mohsin Naquvi • Ibrahim H. Malabari
• Arsalan Iftikhar • Salam Al-Marayati • Arsalan Suleman • Engy Abdelkader • Moustafa Bayoumi • Qasim
Rashid • Camille Helminski • Sumbul Ali-Karamali • Rabia Terri Harris • Cherrefe Kadri • Saeed A. Khan •
Inas Younis • Haris Hromic • Nabil Shaikh • Naveed Hada • Kamran Pasha • Sami H. Elmansoury • Ameena
Jandali • Henry Millstein • Hassanah El-Yacoubi • Sara Mahmood • Mike Ghouse • Talat Hamdani • Zainab
Alam • Fitrah Muhammad • Mubin Shaikh • Soraya Deen • Nicola Benyahia • Christianne Boudreau • Scott
Cooper • Emily May • John W. Kiser • U.S. Major Gen. Douglas Stone (Ret.) • Center for the Prevention of
Radicalization Leading to Violence • The Soufan Group • Religious Rehabilitation Group • Spiritual Perception

With Many Guest Speakers:

Prominent Interfaith leaders, Gov't officials from DOJ, DHS, and State Dept. (will be announced at the Summit)


Jerome Socolovsky- Religion News Service

Mehdi Hasan - Al Jazeera English

Sally Quinn - The Washington Post

Wajahat Ali - Writer, Lawyer, & Journalist

Contributor Organizations:

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Islamic Networks Group (ING), Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), Center for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV), Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG), The Soufan Center, Spiritual Perception

VIP Luncheon

Remarks by Govt. Officials, Names to be announced at the Summit

Signed Books

Signed copies of the WISE Up Report will be available for purchase.

Nearby Hotels:

Holiday Inn, Washington, DC Central/White House at 1501 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

inndc.com or (202) 483-2000

Kimpton Topaz Hotel at 1733 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

topazhotel.com or (202) 393-3000

Nearby Parking:

Lot 372 at 1616 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

(202) 797-6594

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