Council on American-Islamic Relations


The Council on American-Islamic Relations, founded in 1994, is an organization dedicated to being a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding between American Muslims and other American communities. The Council’s initiatives focus on, among other causes, promoting a positive portrayal of Islam and Muslims in American media, testifying against Islamophobic public policies, and providing American Muslims with the support they need to advocate for themselves in their own communities. With over 2 decades of work advocating for American Muslims, and building strong interfaith and other intercommunity relationships, CAIR has become one of the leading organizations for support and advocacy when bias is directed against Muslim individuals or institutions.

After a year-to-year rise in Islamophobic hate crimes and a particularly tense 2016 election season, CAIR-NY, one of CAIR's 35 independent chapters nationwide, has teamed up with Morehshin Allahyari to create a poster for MAP’s AMPL!FY project highlighting these issues. The project aims to educate viewers about the level to which Islamophobic bias and hate crimes have risen in American public life and the various motivations for these prejudiced acts.