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Council on American-Islamic Relations, DFW Chapter

CAIR's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR DFW exists to educate, advocate, and mobilize towards a more just society.
With hate crimes occurring at a rate roughly five times higher than the pre-9/11 rate it's imperative that CAIR-DFW has the resources necessary to defend the civil rights of Muslims. Our core programs include; 1) Civil Rights program that responds to requests for legal assistance and combats hate through a Report Hate campaign, 2) Youth Leadership program with activities such as our Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium, and 3) Community, Government, and Media Engagement focused on disputing how Muslims are portrayed in the media, mobilizing Muslims to become politically and civically engaged, and interfaith partnerships to bridge the gap between faith communities. Anti-Muslim hate crimes have increased by 87.5% following the President's call for a Muslim ban. This rhetoric seizes on people's fears and anxieties translating to hostility and acts of violence. Even prior to the ban, we saw anti-Muslim violence elevate to the highest levels since the aftermath of September 11th with American Muslims approximately six to nine times more likely to suffer such attacks (The Bridge Initiative, Georgetown University Research Project 2016). A report from California State University-San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism suggests that anti-Muslim rhetoric from political candidates and government officials is a significant variable contributing to the backlash. Following the bombing at a music venue in Manchester, England that killed 22 people and injured dozens, Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree wrote a statement that equated Islam with ISIS and Muslims with terrorists. You better wake up America. While you are distracted by the media and the crying of the left, Islamic Jihadist are among us and want to kill you. Statements like this serve as a key ingredient in the Islamophobic mix that catalyzes individuals to make disparaging statements, commit bias crimes, and incite violence.