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Weekly social video series provides a peek into local Muslim community

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 10/1/2018) – The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched its “Meet-a-Muslim Monday” video series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The series of three-to-five-minute videos features local Muslims who answer questions about themselves and their experiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The project provides a personal, one-on-one view of the Muslim community to people who may otherwise not have regular contact with Muslims.

“We know from research that public opinion about Muslims and Islam generally improves when individuals know a Muslim personally,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney. “We hope that these short introductions help bridge gaps of understanding between our community and members of other faith groups.”

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CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period. Out of the 2599 anti-Muslim incidents in 2017, 15 percent happened in Texas.

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243, john.janney@cairdfw.org