CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Amina Sharif, and Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham were invited to speak at a meeting hosted by the Illinois Society for International Development on November 10th which took place at DePaul University.
One of the main goals of ISID is to, “To promote dialogue, understanding and co-operation for social and economic development that furthers the wellbeing of all peoples.” For this reason they welcomed CAIR-Chicago representatives to speak about their mission and the ways in which they work to protect civil liberties.
Abraham, who leads the Civil Rights Department, talked about how she and others in her department work diligently to resolve incidents of discrimation, such as hate crimes, that are reported to CAIR-Chicago each year. Last year alone 400 cases were reported. Sharif mentioned how the Communications Department aims at balancing discourse, and how she works with journalists to provide an accurate understanding of issues involving Islam and Muslims so to prevent biases in their writing. Sharif discusses how she monitors the media to respond to biases against Muslims, and the ways in which she attempts to resolve those issues so it does not happen in the future.
Both Sharif and Abraham were delighted to speak with ISID and felt truly inspired by the mission they entail. “It was a very beneficial event”, said Amina Sharif, Communications Coordinator, “We were able to share resources and discuss possible ways to combat prejudices.”
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