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Communities Against Islamophobia

Communities Against Islamophobia

In the U.S., the fear of terrorism has been used to justify the racial and religious profiling of Muslims and people perceived to be Muslim. We've seen a rise in incidents of intimidation and violence and the creation of policies that discriminate against refugees and immigrants and deny community members their civil and human rights. 

AFSC's Communities Against Islamophobia project supports Arab/Muslim-led work by:

  • Training potential allies to understand Islamophobia and its harms and develop strategies to stop it.
  • Developing a base of allies to speak out against discrimination; advocate for policies that respect the rights and dignity of Muslims; and oppose profiling, surveillance, and state violence against the Muslim community.

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Contact: Mary Zerkel, Communities Against Islamophobia coordinator 312-427-2533 ext. 15 or email.



Watch our webinar to learn about how communities are being watched by the government in the name of national security. Learn about the history of surveillance, what surveillance programs the government is currently using, ways that targeted communities are resisting, and how you can help.

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Blog Entry

There are many ways to confront Islamophobia in your community, from talking with your friends to supporting organizations that welcome refugees to advocating for policies to stop violence against Muslims. Here are some suggestions and resources.

Understanding Islamophobia-


How is the media helping or hurting our public discussion about "violent extremism?" Find out in AFSC's new report "Mixed Messages."