The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today launched a nationwide television and radio public service
announcement (PSA) campaign, called “I am an American Muslim,” designed to
help reduce anti-Muslim discrimination and stereotyping.
To view the PSAs, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/
CAIR’s 30 and 60-second PSAs feature American Muslims of European,
African-American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage. Each person in
the spots states how they and their families have served America and ends
by saying, “I am an American Muslim.”
Both PSAs will be distributed by satellite to television public service
directors this afternoon from 2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (11:15 a.m. -11:30
a.m. PT), on C-BAND, Intelsat Americas (IA) 6, Transponder 15, D/L: 4000 V.
“Our experience shows that Islamophobic stereotyping and bias are most
often based on ignorance and unfamiliarity with the American Muslim
community,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Tolerance and mutual
respect will flourish if Americans of all faiths get to know each other as
real human beings, not as religious or ethnic stereotypes.”
Awad said the PSAs are a result of growing demand for accurate and
objective information about Islam and Muslims in America. Other CAIR
projects designed to meet that demand include sending Islam-related
materials to public libraries (http://www.cair-net.org/libraryproject) and publishing ads in newspapers nationwide (http://www.americanmuslims.info).
Today’s PSA campaign kick-off also ties into CAIR’s recent “Not in the Name
of Islam” online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam
from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
The PSA launch comes following release of CAIR’s annual report on the
status of American Muslim civil rights that revealed a disturbing 70
percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide during 2003. That
report blamed Islamophobic stereotyping for much of the sharp jump in
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
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