The Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan (CAIR) continues to make progress in the fight to shield American Muslims from hate and discrimination.

During the group's annual banquet April 14 at the Islamic Center of America, the civil rights cases CAIR has been successful in were highlighted.

Warda Kalim, Safe Spaces Coordinator says the group is currently working on preventing Muslim students from being bullied and harassed in schools. The CAIR-MI Safe Spaces project is designed to create a mutually beneficial environment between employers, educational institutions, and government entities and Muslim employees. She says Safe Spaces is working with teachers in some districts to address bullying, and giving sensitivity training to educators focused on Muslim students. Since the attacks on 9/11, Muslim and Arab Americans have experienced an increase in hate rhetoric and bullying in schools around the country.

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