Policy Analysis

  • Reflecting on 9/11 and its Legacies

    September 11, 2019
    On the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we honor the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as those first responders. In our 18 years of work since, we have worked alongside other policy and public advocacy organizations to combat the media representation of terrorist violence, and have also worked to counter government surveillance policies. Today, we’re looking back on what has worked and what needs to improve moving forward.

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  • Religious Freedom Is Being Weaponized

    August 30, 2019
    Organizations with hardline religious ideologies are stacking the courts and state legislatures under the guise of religious freedom. It’s time for all underrepresented communities to recognize the strategies these groups are employing to drive policies and legal rulings hostile to American Muslim and other marginalized communities.

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  • Don’t Let Trump and the Media Confuse the Problem of White Supremacy

    August 14, 2019
    In their statement immediately after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, the White House recycled familiar tropes. The El Paso shooter’s actions follow directly from the politicians who use social divisions to instigate bigotry and hate. Their hateful rhetoric and incitement has continued to feed the cancer of white supremacist ideology. Enough is enough.

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  • Our Interview with Legal Scholar Asma Uddin on New Book

    July 31, 2019
    “When Islam Is Not A Religion,” is a piercing look at the current landscape of religious liberty. Asma Uddin looks at case law and the dreaded culture wars to present the current state-of-play. Most importantly, she highlights how American Muslims can engage in the fight to protect their religious liberty.

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  • Rule changes threaten immigrant families

    May 23, 2019
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have proposed two rule changes that target immigrant communities - Public Charge and Verification of Eligible Status. These rule changes are the administration’s latest attempts to coerce immigrants into either leaving the United States or never coming in the first place.

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  • Congress Refuses to Recognize White Supremacist Threat

    May 10, 2019
    With the rise in terror attacks perpetrated by white supremacists, civil society, tech, and federal agencies are seeking to better understand the threat. May 8th’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the rise of domestic terrorism made it clear that falling back on old strategies will not resolve this imminent danger. The white supremacist threat must be defined by those in positions of power.

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  • Another Round of Divisive Tactics

    April 19, 2019
    The most recent attacks on Ilhan Omar play on the rising trend of anti-Muslim bigotry and hatred. Trump and the GOP are playing on these existing divides to galvanize their base and weaken their opposition.

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  • Congressional Hearing on White Nationalism

    April 8, 2019
    The attack in Christchurch, New Zealand did not happen in a vacuum. It was part of an overall increase in white nationalist violence that’s been legitimized through public officials’ extreme rhetoric in government, and effectively allowed to wreak havoc in society. On April 9, 2019, Congress will be holding a hearing on Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.

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  • Two Rulings Strengthen Perception of Anti-Muslim Bias in Supreme Court

    April 4, 2019
    Following last June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of the Muslim Ban, recent inconsistencies in rulings for religious accommodations for death-row inmates Domineque Ray, a Black Muslim, and Patrick Murphy, a white Buddhist, present a double standard, and strengthen the perception of an anti-Muslim bias. Our highest court should not favor one group over another. We can do better.

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  • Watchlist perpetuates injustice

    March 7, 2019
    Last month, the FBI admitted to sharing their terror watchlist with over 1,400 private groups “in some way connected with the criminal justice system.” The revelation earned the scrutiny of many civil society organizations and sketches out a broader counterterror security apparatus than previously understood.

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