This episode features the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also known as CAIR, with a mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
In this episode, we chat with Zahra, the Executive Director at the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of CAIR. Zahra also recently spoke at the Womens March on Washington DC and we just had to share her speech with you here:
We dive in to a conversation about anti-Muslim rhetoric, the Islamophobia industry (an over $200 million industry), and the work CAIR is doing to help American Muslims know their rights. Did you know that 70% of Americans have never met a Muslim? Zahra talks about the important ways that YOU can get involved with CAIR and help increase awareness and understanding of Islam (spoiler alert – you don’t need to be a civil rights lawyer to volunteer with CAIR!). Zahra also gives us a few tips on how to start a conversation with your friends and family about American Muslims, in case you are like me and don’t have much experience.
A little more about CAIR…
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR’s national headquarters are on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, government relations, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
You can find the CAIR chapter closest to you by clicking here.