Making a difference 

at the grassroots, media, and legislative levels

 
 
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News Center

 

Featured Projects

Since day one, CAIR-Chicago’s guiding light has been our trademark organizational model of “Professional Muslim Activism.” This model combines corporate standards, in all aspects of our technical work, with the Islamic values of human care and social justice into a proactive treatment of the issues. CAIR-Chicago focuses on vital local projects that are sustainable, measurable, and dedicated.

Traveler's Assistance Project

Resisting the Travel Ban www.tapus.org

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Asylum Project

We advocate for those who have few other places to turn.

Prison Project

We work to protect the rights of Muslim prisoners

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Citizenship Project

We assist immigrants when their citizenship is delayed.

What We Do

 
 

Civil Rights

CAIR-Chicago’s extensive work and advocacy has a direct impact on preserving civil rights of American Muslims – relief for the victims, improving policies to accommodate religious practices and eliminate discriminatory measures, and empowering individuals and institutions to protect their rights.

 

 

Media Relations

CAIR-Chicago organizes press conferences and issues dozens of press releases and media advisories annually to ensure that Muslim perspectives on vital issues and current events are represented in the mainstream media.

 

 

Community & Government Outreach

CAIR-Chicago aims to educate and build bridges between Muslims and diverse communities, establish partnerships with other organizations, and bolster CAIR-Chicago’s ability to serve its constituents in Chicago’s Muslim communities.

 
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Our Team

 

CAIR-Chicago’s team is a dedicated group of staff, interns, and volunteers. We are committed to being active in our communities and accessible to the people we serve.

 

STAND UP AGAINST ISLAMOPHOBIA FOR ONLY $1 A DAY

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RESULTS ORIENTED: CAIR-Chicago in Numbers

CAIR-Chicago continues to be our community's only institutional civil rights defense and advocacy organization in Illinois and the NW Indiana region.

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Why CAIR-Chicago?

CAIR-Chicago is the only specialized, full-time organization in the city of Chicago working to represent the Muslim community in the courthouse and the newsroom, that is in the legal arena in terms of its civil rights, and on the airwaves in terms of its public image.

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Mission

To defend civil rights, fight bigotry, and promote tolerance.

Vision

To attain equal opportunity for,and normalize the image of, Muslims in America.

 

Key Issues

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We advocate and educate against bigotry, hate and prejudice targeting Muslims on the mere basis of their faith.

 

There is no media conspiracy, but selective and/or de-contextualized reporting that conflates aberrational representations of Islam/Muslims with the normative ones contribute to public “miseducation.”

 

“The best way to fix our image, is to fix our reality.”

 
 

Recognitions

CAIR-Chicago is dedicated to facilitating change around us and empowering the community to be agents of change across the country. We work with local and national leaders to ensure protection of rights for all Muslim Americans.

 
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

“Chicago’s vibrant and historic Muslim American community has long played an integral role in our city’s standing as a cultural hub. I commend the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Chicago for its commitment to the Muslim American community, and to impacting community, culture, and change every day.”
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US Senator Dick Durbin

"You defend the civil rights of your constituents, encourage their political empowerment, and make strides to foster dialogue about cultural awareness and understanding. I applaud your commitment to promoting tolerance and understanding."

US Congressman Andre Carson

"Each of us plays an important role in promoting mutual understanding and equal justice, but, to be effective, our community must demonstrate consistent, strategic and unified engagement on the local and national level."
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US Senator Tammy Duckworth

“CAIR-Chicago has been a constant leader in continuously fighting against injustice and discrimination to protect the civil rights and dignity of all Americans.”
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US Congressman Keith Ellison

“Your social advocacy and media monitoring are crucial not only for the safety of Muslims all over the country, but for the quality of journalism. I personally thank you for holding our media institutions accountable, and making the world a better place for all.”

CALL OR DROP US AN EMAIL

 

+312-212-1520

 
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VOLUNTEER OR INTERN WITH US AT CAIR-CHICAGO

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Our Films

  Resistance 3.0   What does resistance mean to you? CAIR-Chicago's 2018 documentary works to explore the organization's resistance efforts both outside and from within our office.

Resistance 3.0

What does resistance mean to you? CAIR-Chicago's 2018 documentary works to explore the organization's resistance efforts both outside and from within our office.

  Resilience   CAIR-Chicago's 2017 Documentary is centered on the word "Resilience" because time after time again, we will stand back up in the face of adversity to challenge Islamophobia, racism, and hate in all its forms.

Resilience

CAIR-Chicago's 2017 Documentary is centered on the word "Resilience" because time after time again, we will stand back up in the face of adversity to challenge Islamophobia, racism, and hate in all its forms.

  Up for the Challenge   Diversity makes this country what it is. It makes us strong and the ideals that inspired our founders still draw new generations to our shores today.Diversity makes this country what it is. 

Up for the Challenge

Diversity makes this country what it is. It makes us strong and the ideals that inspired our founders still draw new generations to our shores today.Diversity makes this country what it is. 

  IMPACT   CAIR-Chicago is here to make an impact and is serving others that need us. This is advocacy that matters. 

IMPACT

CAIR-Chicago is here to make an impact and is serving others that need us. This is advocacy that matters. 

  FORWARD   "FORWARD" celebrates 10 years of CAIR-Chicago. We are in control of our narrative. What stories do we tell?

FORWARD

"FORWARD" celebrates 10 years of CAIR-Chicago. We are in control of our narrative. What stories do we tell?

  A Future without Bigotry   "A Future Without Bigotry"  features interviews with staff and interns and highlights the efforts of the CAIR-Chicago team.

A Future without Bigotry

"A Future Without Bigotry"  features interviews with staff and interns and highlights the efforts of the CAIR-Chicago team.

  Beyond the Comfort Zone

Beyond the Comfort Zone

  Unapologetic Activism

Unapologetic Activism

  Beyond Islamophobia

Beyond Islamophobia

  American Muslim Self Definition

American Muslim Self Definition

  Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge

  Pro-Activism: Set Your Own Tracks

Pro-Activism: Set Your Own Tracks

 

Our Other Websites

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Traveler's Assistance Project

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Youth Leaders Symposium

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The Chicago Activist

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The Chicago Monitor

 
 
 
 
 

17 N. State Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60602
info@cairchicago.org | (312) 212-1520

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