Why We Invested
In order to effectively represent the people whom they serve, members of Congress should interact with a diverse group of their constituents. It is especially important for leaders to stand with constituents who are vulnerable to harassment and discrimination. The U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants seeks to help members of Congress engage with and support constituents from the Muslim communities in their districts. By doing this work, they seek to bridge divides to protect vulnerable communities in the United States.
Our grant supports a two-step response towards change. First, it encourages Congressional leaders, from districts with high rates of Muslim constituents and constituents who are more susceptible to anti-Muslim speech, to publicly engage with the Muslim community in their district offices and at local institutions: mosques, schools, universities, community centers, businesses, and at community events. Second, the grant builds an earned media campaign apparatus to publicize these various appearances and amplify their impact on local media and public opinion.
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