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01 24 17

Inauguration Day: Islamic Group Launches Hotline

WASHINGTON – A leading North American Islamic organization kicked off a new justice helpline on President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day, January 20, to provide help and support to those who are targets of racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.
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01 24 17

Donald Trump becomes America’s 45th President

By Steve Bittenbender, Editor, Government Security News
Donald John Trump, a New York real estate developer and businessman, took the oath of office Friday afternoon and officially became the 45th President of the United States.
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01 17 17

Year of Anti-Muslim Vitriol: Brands Promote Inclusion

A Microsoft commercial, “Spread Harmony,” was one of several recent ads from major American brands that prominently featured everyday Muslims.
The gentle piano music starts as the doorbell chimes. A white-haired Christian pastor greets his friend, a Muslim imam, and the two converse and laugh over a cup of tea, wincing about their creaky knees as they prepare to part ways.
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12 30 16

New campaign to promote “harmony and unity”

Muslim Association of Bolingbrook part of new campaign to promote “harmony and unity”
BOLINGBROOK – As part of a new campaign started by Gain Peace, a Muslim group based in Chicago, members of the Muslim Association of Bolingbrook (MAB) are attempting to build alliances to “stand up against discrimination, hate attacks, and racism against any American.”
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12 28 16

‘FETÖ is a radical group like Daesh, Boko Haram’, President’s daughter says

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s daughter, the Vice Chair of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) Sümeyye Erdoğan Bayraktar, said on Tuesday that “FETÖ is a radical group like Daesh and Boko Haram.” She spoke at a meeting held in Chicago on the sidelines of the 15th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention, the largest Islamic convention in North America, which she attended as the guest of honor.
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12 28 16

Erdogan’s daughter says Turkey inspires hope for all Muslim World

Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, daughter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and vice-chairperson of the Istanbul-based Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), said that Turkey serves as an inspiration for other Muslim nations and shows that democracy and Islam can work well with each other.
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12 27 16

Turkey to have large presence at annual Islamic convention in Chicago

The 15th Annual MAS-ICNA Convention which is one of the largest and most diverse Islamic conventions in North America, will start in Chicago on Monday to discuss the problems facing the Islamic world and Muslims in the U.S.
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12 25 16

Muslim convention in Atlanta focusing on peace, building relationships

Tim Darnell , WXIA, 11 Alive by NBC
ATLANTA, Ga — Thousands of American Muslims met in Atlanta over Christmas weekend discussing peace and spiritual renewal.
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12 24 16

Campaign to Build Alliances, Promote Harmony and Unity

Muslim Group Launches Billboards Campaign to Build Alliances, Promote Harmony and Unity
(Chicago, IL, 12/23/2016) – On Dec 22, 2016, GainPeace, a Muslim group based in Chicago, launched a six weeks campaign designed to build alliances in the society and condemn all bigotry and racism. The campaign is in response to the increasing rhetoric by some of the individuals in National Leadership, the recent spike in hate crimes; this campaign raises awareness regarding the constitutional rights of all, especially Muslim Americans and minorities.
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12 18 16

Argentina’s Muslim Minority

By Vincent Lofaso, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Muslim minorities in Latin America have received considerably less attention than comparable communities in Europe or in the United States. Islam is a growing religion in Latin America, and policy makers have yet to recognize this trend. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), approximately 2 percent of Argentines, for example, profess Islam as their primary faith.[i]
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12 17 16

Norman Muslims: ‘We are part of the community’

By Joy Hampton, Senior Staff Writer, The Norman Transcript
Once a month, clients dining at Food and Shelter get lunch with a Middle Eastern twist. The first Friday of the month, the Islamic Society of Norman serves food provided from an area restaurant as part of a spiritual belief in service to the community.
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12 16 16

Signs From God

Billboard evangelists are decorating America in their image — and 2016 was their biggest year yet. That’s probably not a good sign.
by Ann-Derrick Gaillot, Photography by Adam Pape
One sunny afternoon in June 2005, Jess Gollish was driving south down a Michigan highway when she suddenly lost control of her car. It was her 21st birthday and she was on her way to celebrate with friends.
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12 6 16

‘Get out of America’ climate: Billboards are the reaction

‘Get out of America’: Pro-Islam billboards in Dallas a reaction to political climate
Naomi Martin, Dallas News, 12/6
Driving down Dallas highways lately, you may have noticed an unusual billboard tucked among the more expected ones advertising Christian churches.
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11 29 16

Muslim women’s group in Edmonton posts billboard condemning hate

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – A Canadian Islamic women’s group is hoping a new billboard will encourage Edmontonians to meet their Muslim neighbors.
“We have been trying to combat misconceptions about Islam. Lots of people are misinformed, and there are some negative stereotypes about Islam which we, as practicing Muslims, don’t see,” said Afshan Fatima, with the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Sisters Edmonton. “For us, it is all about serving God through serving humanity.”
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11 29 16

Muslim women’s group fights xenophobic attacks

Following a wave of hateful anti-Muslim posters in the city, Islamic Circle of North America Sisters is inviting the city to learn about their religion
By Alex Boyd, Metro, Nov 28 2016
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11 28 16

Billboard by Muslim women’s group condemning violence

Islamic Circle Of North America (ICNA) Sisters Edmonton group has put up a billboard at 106 Avenue and 101 Street in Edmonton emphasizing that Islam is a religion of peace, encouraging those with questions about Muslim people to contact them directly so they can work to dispel hateful misconceptions after anti-Muslim pamphlets have been delivered to Edmonton doorsteps.
By Claire Theobald, Edmonton Journal
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11 13 16

Muslim-American Leaders React to Trump’s Election

By Stav Ziv, Newsweek
Leaders of Muslim-American communities and organizations congratulated Donald Trump, and implored the president-elect to change his tone and protect the rights of all Americans, at a Wednesday afternoon news conference held by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and live-streamed on the organization’s Facebook page.
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11 11 16

‘Muslims condemn all violence’ billboard up on I-35

by Michelle Pekarsky
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drivers on I-35 at Cambridge Circle may notice a new billboard that’s part of a public awareness and outreach campaign to counter hate and fear.
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11 10 16

After election, sorrow and fear among immigrants

By Maria Sacchetti and Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff
Milton Lopez opened his Everett market at 8 a.m. Wednesday, just like always, stacking the quesadillas, the fresh rolls, and the tamales for customers. But by mid-morning he was all alone, watching television with tears in his eyes.
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11 9 16

‘American Muslims Are Here to Stay,’ CAIR Tells Trump

By Patrick Goodenough
( – The Council on American-Islamic-Relations and other Muslim groups called on President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to reach out to Muslims and other communities “impacted” by his campaign rhetoric.
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