Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

Campaign to Take On Hate

In 2015, EHF supported ACCESS’s ‘Take on Hate’ national grassroots campaign to help counter growing anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry by challenging the acceptability of bias and discrimination. As an alternative to inaccurate portrayals of these communities, the campaign will showcase the diversity, richness, and contributions made by Arab and Muslim Americans, while also demystifying their distorted image and challenging the acceptability of cultural bias. This is the second year of a two-year grant.

In the first year of EHF’s grant, ACCESS focused on building a solidarity network focused on combatting bigotry through in-person and online community dialogue on Arab and Black American solidarity, holding vigils in response to anti-Muslim violence in Chapel Hill, NC, and leading student community conversation and action planning at the University of Michigan, engaging over 2,000 individuals. ACCESS has introduced educational resources and cultural competency workshops to reduce prejudice in school districts in Michigan and California, as well as trained youth volunteer street teams in New York, Chicago and San Fransisco.

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