On Tuesday, January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the US largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, plans to release its latest Islamophobia report. Titled “Islamophobia in the Mainstream,” the report identifies 35 major charitable institutions and foundations that funneled almost $106 million to 26 anti-Muslim groups between 2017-2019.
CAIR plans to host a virtual news conference to outline details of the report at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11.
CAIR’s new “Islamophobia in the Mainstream” report shows mainstream funding for Islamophobic organizations has dropped in recent years, but such organizations continue to receive large sums of money through private family foundations and mainstream donor-advised funds that are ultimately used to spread bigotry against Muslims.
The report also outlines the landscape of Islamophobia between 2019 – 2020 by detailing more than a dozen anti-mosque incidents and anti-Muslim activity in schools, American politics and social media.
“It is no secret that the Islamophobia Network remains hyper-active and well-funded. Despite a slight decline in foundations that funneled money to anti-Muslim groups, millions of dollars still flow to organizations that spread misinformation and perpetuate dangerous stereotypes about Muslims and Islam. Today, more than ever, the philanthropic community must establish clear policies to prevent funds from going to hate groups and implement educational initiatives for staff and board members to help them understand the extent of anti-Muslim bigotry,” said Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR’s National Research and Advocacy Coordinator.
In 2020, Washington, D.C., based CAIR received more than 6,000 complaints involving discrimination, harassment, bullying, physical assaults, and other incidents nationwide. Last year, CAIR released a report documenting that data.
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.