By Carolyn Lewis
CHICAGO (April 1, 2017) — “There is no magic solution,” a group of RCC convention participants learned Saturday during a session to discuss “News from the Frontlines, Defeating Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant Movements.”
“There has been a lot of grassroots organizing by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups over the years,” continued Kalia Abiade of the Pillars Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, and these anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim groups are well-organized and well-funded and have access to lawmakers.
Recently, “the rhetoric has gotten much worse” and anti-immigration and anti-Muslim activists have become emboldened with increased criminal acts.
People have fears that are being exploited. “There is a stereotyping of a minority that blames everyone for the acts of a few,” she said.