On May 21, 2016, members of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) co-hosted an event with the Islamic Circle of North America in Virginia -- a mosque that is a near neighbor to MVUC -- to confront the growing Islamophobia in American public discourse. The keynote speaker at the event was Corey Saylor, director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- one of the country's leading organizations fighting for the civil rights of Muslim Americans. Saylor spoke to members of both religious communities about important strategies in the months and years ahead for combatting anti-Muslim and xenophobic attitudes and policies in the media and in our society.
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