These three photos are from an event that happened over five months ago: the Anti-Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week rally on the U.C. Berkeley campus on October 25, 2007. Although I attended the event at the time, I never posted any pictures about it because it ended up being so small as to not merit a full-size zombietime report. But better late then never, so here’s a mini-report, long after the fact.

The name “Anti-Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” might be a bit disorienting: it was a counter-protest to an event staged earlier that same week called Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, organized by David Horowitz. “Anti-Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week” wasn’t promoting awareness of “Anti-Islamo-Fascism,” but was rather was declaring its opposition to the original “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week.” AIFAW was put together by a coalition of Muslim and socialist campus groups, and entailed a variety of pro-Palestinian film screenings, Muslim lecturers, and so forth. The only outdoor event was the climactic rally on Sproul Plaza on October 25. This blurry photo was taken at the rally, and shows one of the scheduled speakers praying toward Mecca on the lawn in front of Sproul Hall.

The keynote speaker was radical rabbi Michael Lerner, a familiar (if controversial) figure in the Bay Area political scene. Here he is speaking to a crowd of students, many of whom were wearing hijabs.

Aside from various passersby, the women in the crowd generally fell into two categories: Muslim students wearing traditional Islamic dress, and “Radical Women” who held up signs saying (hard to see at the bottom left) “Defend a Woman’s Right to Control Her Body.”

Hmmmmm. I’ll let you ponder that.

17 Responses to “Anti-Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Rally, October 25, 2007”

  1. 1Ringo the Gringo on Apr 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm:

    That poor man in the top photo has lost his contact-lens and no one is helping him find it.

  2. 2Ed Mahmoud on Apr 5, 2008 at 3:23 pm:

    ‘End campus McCarthyism”.

    Irony much?

  3. 3Bob's Kid on Apr 5, 2008 at 4:29 pm:

    I must have gone to Berkeley during a boring time because I never saw protests like this when I was a student there.

  4. 4Ringo the Gringo on Apr 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm:

    Bob’s kid,

    When did you go to Berkeley?

  5. 5yonason on Apr 7, 2008 at 10:27 am:


    Unpurterbed by crowds, fanatical transient fawna browse on local flora?
    or, maybe
    Did you know an anti-Islamofascist can eat his weight in grass every other day?
    or, possibly
    Unable to find suitable halal food, one enterprising protester finds his lunch was under his nose, all along.

    I hope the scooping laws are strictly adhered to, …. or not.

  6. 6So.Cal.Swede on Apr 7, 2008 at 10:39 am:

    “if you really care about women: let them kill their babies”

    … I …. just don’t get it.

  7. 7redc1c4 on Apr 8, 2008 at 12:03 am:

    looks like Sproul plaza…… spent a lovely sunny summer afternoon there once, listening to a free concert by Elvin Bishop.

    he got off the stage and wandered through the crowd, drinking beer, kissing girls and continuously playing his guitar…..
    ah yes: the late 70′s in the Bay area. %-)

    /a much better time than this fiasco.

  8. 8Christina on Apr 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm:

    S.Cal.Swede — It’s more like, “If you really care about women, stop prosecuting slimebag abortionists who kill them.” How many prochoice groups have lamented the death of Laura Smith last year? (Cue crickets chirping.)

  9. 9McGurk on Apr 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm:


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