Challenging Islamophobia through Applied Research, Civic Engagement, Education, and Global Classrooms to impact policy.

Within the U.S. we collaborate with SPLC, CAIR, Asian Law Caucus, and others to develop press releases for major incidents- as well as develop strategies on how to approach local mayors and politicians regarding our campaigns. In addition to the release of an Islamophobia Reporting App & continued engagement with policy makers in the U.S., the ISC hosts conferences & engages in groundwork (lectures, book releases, local training seminars, academic conferences) in collaboration with civil rights organizations around the globe in the U.S., Europe, India, Austria, Germany, France, and other countries. Currently in the California Bay Area we are working on public health/medical research group that aims to issue a report that will identify health issues arising from Islamophobia, recommend how to address it and form a quick clinical guide to be used by health providers. The hope is to create a multi-campus and multi-agency project. The ISC also fosters creative engagement via the arts, poetry and video productions, by hosting and arranging local events within the U.S..

Importance of Civic Engagement

Zahra Billoo, CAIR Executive Director

Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In this capacity, she leads the oldest CAIR chapter in the country, serving the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims. Zahra is frequently seen at mosques and universities facilitating trainings and workshops as a part of CAIR’s grassroots efforts to empower the American Muslim community and build bridges with allies on civil rights issues. Zahra also provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia. Her work has been highlighted in local and national media outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, KTVU, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Jose Mercury News. Zahra is a 2014 recipient of the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's Unsung Hero Award and a 2013 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California's Trailblazer Award.

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Please fill out the application fields below if you are interested in helping oppose islamophobia through participation in civic engagement. Supporting ISC through civic engagement will play its part in helping to preserve the civil rights of citizens, rights which are slowly being threatened today. We are reliant on the manpower of individuals and value all the contribution we can get. It is only because of our team members that we can continue to face the rise of islamophobia.

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