The South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA-Chicago) and the Muslim Bar Association (MBA) hosted a panel discussion this past Wednesday, November 16th, titled “Coming Together in a Trump World: The Response Needed from the South Asian Communities.” CAIR-Chicago Deputy Director Sufyan Sohel, who also serves as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago (SABA-Chicago) spoke alongside Azam Nizamuddin, Chief Compliance Officer at Allied Asset Advisors and President of the Muslim Bar Association (MBA). The two attorneys spoke about the impact of the 2016 elections on the South Asian and Muslim communities and the broader impact on all American communities.
Sohel spoke about the rise of hate crimes across American communities in 2015 and the increase in hateful rhetoric and action since the election. “The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there are over hundreds of incidents of hateful harassment, intimidation, and action since Election Day. Historical data shows that there must be hundreds of additional incidents that have not been reported. It is time for all affected communities to be vigilant and stand together against hate, in all its forms”.
The audience, mostly attorneys of South Asian and Muslim backgrounds, expressed interest in supporting collaborative efforts in educating on and protecting the rights of our communities. CAIR-Chicago looks forward to working with both SABA-Chicago and the MBA in this endeavor.