Past Event

Challenging Islamophobia

The Role of Civic and Faith Groups in Combating Anti-Muslim Hate Speech and Crimes

12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

One of the most serious threats to American security comes from anti-Muslim hate speech within our borders that portrays America as at war with Islam. Such hate speech is on the rise and puts at risk American troops overseas, as well as our security at home. Anti-Muslim hate speech also ignores the truth. In reality, Muslim Americans are an integral part of American society, and their contributions are key to our nation’s well-being.

What forces are behind the spike in anti-Muslim hate speech and what is their goal? What are civic and faith communities doing to combat this dangerous trend? What are the global consequences of Islamophobia? How do we change the narrative? Please join our distinguished panel for a lively enlightening conversation on these issues.

Introduction by:

Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:

Faiz Shakir, Vice President and Editor of Think Progress (CAP Action)

Featured panelists:

Wajahat Ali, playwright, essayist, humorist, and attorney
Haris Tarin, Washington, D.C. Office Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center of New York and Episcopal Priest, Diocese of New York
Ken Gude, Director, International Justice and Security Program, Center for American Progress

For a full transcript click here.