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African American Muslims and the LAPD: Moving from Stories to Solutions

This article originally appeared in BOOM California. “We don’t want to walk into a kumbaya situation,” said Umar Hakim. The sixteen men and women gathered around a conference table in Inglewood simultaneously …

Sexual Assault During Hajj: Will #MosqueMeToo Lead to Reforms in Mecca?

In February of 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement, Muslim women took to social media to describe sexual harassment and assault in the holiest shrines of the Islamic faith: the Kaabah in …

LA Times: Thai Masjid Serves Diverse Group of Muslims

Masjid al-Fatiha started as a Thai Muslim house of worship, and has grown to incorporate worshippers from around the globe. The Los Angeles Times featured the masjid–started by the family of CRCC’s …

Brie Loskota: We Decided to Be Builders

Brie Loskota was a guest on Edina Lekovic’s Meeting the Moment podcast episode 10, where she discussed the origins of CRCC’s AMCLI program and the Generation Change program, a global youth peace-building program of the United States Institute of …

AMCLI: Building a Dynamic National Network of American Muslim Leadership

AMCLI is leadership program that develops and trains American Muslim leaders who are committed to civic engagement. AMCLI fellows are at the forefront of creating a greater presence of Muslims in the …

Wilshire Boulevard: A Tour of Religion in Los Angeles

Wilshire Boulevard was designed to be the grand boulevard of Los Angeles. Major religions established congregations along the street, just outside of Downtown Los Angeles. The USC Center for Religion and Civic …

Religion & Politics Features AMCLI – The Influential Network of American Muslim Leaders

The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute is “one of the country’s most influential networks of American Muslim civic leaders,” according to an article profiling the group in Religion & Politics. AMCLI, which …

Pico Union Project: An Interfaith Space in Los Angeles

The Pico-Union Project reveals several layers of Los Angeles’ immigrant religious history, even as it embodies the communities and practices that are shaping the city’s future. Built in 1909 for a Jewish …

A Mosque with Open Doors, Inviting the Community In

Masjid Al-Fatiha embraces its role as an ambassador for Islam in the larger community, while also creating a space for Thai Muslims to preserve their religious and cultural traditions in America. Although …

The Other Muslim Fringe: Muslim Activism in Europe

CRCC’s Nick Street had a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to explore young Muslims in Europe working to create a space for themselves. Watch this video to hear about what …

A Religious Test No One Can Pass

We are seeing a rise of government policy predicated on religious illiteracy and religious bigotry. Executive orders are being formed to target Muslims, and border procedures assessing acceptable and unacceptable religious belief …

In Trump Era, Young Muslims Question Respectability Politics of Mosques

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Possibly this week, President Trump might sign yet another executive order, this time restricting entry to the United States from majority Muslim countries [read a draft …

L.A. Times: Muslims Express Concern Ahead of Trump Inauguration

American Muslims fear Donald Trump’s presidency may bring hostility and legislation targeted against them, the Los Angeles Times reported. CRCC’s Brie Loskota provided context for the article, saying that concerns about hate …

The Invisible Muslims: Reporting about Islam in America

This piece originally appeared on Nieman Reports. Days after last year’s terrorist attack on a public services center in San Bernardino, California, Kristen Stangas was standing amid a cluster of reporters outside …

CSM: Why Jews Are Coming to the Defense of Mosques in America

In the face of a hostile climate to religious minorities, American Jews and Muslims are increasingly finding ways to collaborate and support each other, Christian Science Monitor reported. CRCC Executive Brie Loskota …

What it Means to be a Fearless Ally

This post is Brie Loskota’s acceptance speech for the El-Hibri Foundation’s “Fearless Ally” Award and was published by The Aspen Institute. I was born in the Philippines, I was raised as a …

How to solve the difficult problem of adding ‘Muslim’ to ‘American’

This post originally appeared on the Los Angeles Times. In mid-September, my 6-year-old daughter ran into our living room and literally started jumping for joy. “Baba, it’s a miracle!” she told her father with …

Doing It All For Her: A Lesbian Muslim Hip-Hop Singer on Art and Activism

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. “I could’ve been like the dude in Orlando,” said Jaheda Choudhury-Potter, a self-described “geeky dark-skinned lesbian Muslim” who fronts a queer hip-hop band in …

L.A. Daily News: As Ramadan Ends, Local Muslims Reflect on how Violence Hung over a Holy Month of Peace

CRCC’s Executive Director Brie Loskota was quoted in an article about the end of Ramadan in The Los Angeles Daily News. The article marks the somber reflections of the Muslim American community …

From Louisville to Orlando: Muslim Americans in a Time of Hope and Crisis

Many of my American Muslim friends from all across the U.S. traveled to Louisville a few weekends ago to pay their respects and to reflect on the life of Muhammad Ali. They …