Friday's public meeting on the local Stop the War website, with this short intro:
'On Friday October 8th a varied audience of around 80 students and people from the community attended a public meeting on Islamophobia and the Media, organised by Tyneside Stop the War Coalition and hosted by the Politics, Militarism, Space Research Cluster of Newcastle University's school of Geography, Politics and Sociology.
4 speakers addressed the meeting, chaired by Tony Dowling (Tyneside Stop the War). The speakers were Dr Nick Megoran (Lecturer in Human Geography), Hazera Begum (former head sister for Muslim students at Northumbria University and supporter of Stop the War Coalition), Zeinab Raza (InspireMe Islam, Newcastle) and Yvonne Ridley (writer, campaigner and broadcaster).'
The importance of the issue of Islamophobia, for us in Tyneside, has recently been highlighted by the EDL attack on a left-wing meeting and the 'Koran burning' incident.