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With Trump around the corner, Philly City Council claps back

by Anna Orso BillyPenn.com … “I ask that you all continue to stand in solidarity with the Muslim-American community in Philadelphia,” [CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Committee Member, Salima] Suswell, a Muslim American community leader in Philadelphia, said, “against social injustice, hate speech, hate crimes and vicious rhetoric that influences and ignites turmoil in this society.” Suswell was… Read more…

Silver Lining or Wishful Thinking?

By David A. Love The Philadelphia Citizen Meanwhile, Jacob Bender — executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations — says his organization has received numerous offers of support from outside the Muslim-American community since the election. The group has been monitoring Islamophobic hate crimes and conducting town hall meetings,… Read more…

Muslim-Jewish unity fights stereotypes and hate (audio)

4 things Muslims want you to know about them

Daniel Walmer Lebanon Daily News Their home is the United States, not their country of origin – and they want to see it prosper, said Hamid Housni, founder of the Lebanon Valley Mosque. Many of the children of immigrants have never even experienced another country. There are many members of the Muslim immigrant community who… Read more…

Delaware Muslims brace for Trump presidency

Christina Jedra The News Journal Naveed Baqir remembers the feeling of being on a Muslim registry. When he arrived from Pakistan with a student visa in 2003, he recalled an immigration official scribbling a number on his passport. “My life changed for the next 10 years,” he said. In nearly a decade, the program Baqir… Read more…

Pennsylvania Mosque Target Of Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

by Cherri Gregg KYW Newsradio Mosques in California, Georgia and one in Pennsylvania have been the target of anti-Muslim hate letters. The notes appear to be written by Donald Trump supporters. The Pennsylvania letter is addressed to the Islamic Center of Greater Harrisburg and refers to Muslims as “Children of Satan” and reads in part… Read more…

Jacob Bender interview on Wake Up with WURD radio program (audio)

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Jacob Bender was interviewed by Solomon Jones on 900AM-WURD (Wake Up with WURD) about CAIR’s response to community concerns following the election and the troubling growth of anti-Muslim (as well as anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Hispanic, etc.) sentiment around the country.

Muslim celebration tempered by thoughts of innocent victims

by Earle Cornelius Lancaster Online Violent deaths of hundreds of Muslims across the world cast a shadow over Lancaster community’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even as they acknowledged that, community leaders who spoke Wednesday to hundreds of Muslims, many wearing colorful chadors and robes, focused on a… Read more…

Philadelphia Adds Muslim Holidays to Public School Calendar

by Chris Fuchs NBC News Following New York City’s lead, Philadelphia will add two Muslim holy days to its school calendar, the city announced this week. The move will affect Philadelphia’s 134,538 public school children who will be given the day off for Eid al-Fitr, celebrated following the month-long observance of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha,… Read more…

Panel explores Muslim images in media

Bender stated Islamophobia is rooted in the essence of American society. “America has always needed an enemy to justify its military economy,” he said. “Unless we realize the level of hate we instituted, we will not be able to change.”