For the last three-plus years, Alia Salem has been the public point person for just about every controversy involving Muslims in North Texas. Salem stepped down as executive director of the local Council on American-Islamic Relations this week, and she's determined to stay optimistic.

"While we are in trying times right now, we're still also in a strong position to continue doing this work and inject some new blood," said Salem. "As I'm departing CAIR, I'm not departing the movement. I'm just departing a position within the movement."

Salem said the North Texas Muslim community has seen an outpouring of support since the presidential election.

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