Dear Islamophobia Project Supporters,

The presidential campaign and election of Donald J. Trump ushered in an unprecedented era of Islamophobia in the United States.

Today, you can find examples of Islamophobia in the news media, public discourse, and in everyday life. Across the country, it’s everywhere: Muslims (or those thought to be Muslim) are harassed, mosques are vandalized, and passengers have been escorted off airplanes for speaking Arabic.

This year, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Florida Center for Investigative Reporting began documenting Islamophobia as part of the Islamophobia Project. Our mission was twofold:

  1. Build a Facebook community that monitors and documents Islamophobia and examples of hate and bigotry in the media, public discourse and everyday life; and
  2. Fund and support journalism that documents and exposes Islamophobia for national and regional media audiences.

I manage the Islamophobia Project with Roqayah Chamseddine, an accomplished writer who is also researching a book about the 2006 Lebanon War. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a co-founder and the current executive director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and have written widely on the intersection of national security and civil liberties, most recently for The Intercept. My 2013 book, The Terror Factory, examined the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts in Muslim communities, and I also gave a TED Talk last year on the subject.

We’re building an online community, now more than 2,000 strong, who want to expose Islamophobia and those responsible for it. We also support the work of journalists who are covering discrimination and bigotry against Muslims.

We believe this is important work, at a critical time for the nation. That’s why we plan to expand our efforts in 2017, to grow our Facebook community and fund more original journalism for national and regional news media.

To do this, we need your help. Only with your donations can we expand the Islamophobia Project.

All donations to FCIR’s Islamophobia Project are tax-deductible. And there’s never been a better time to donate. The Miami-based Knight Foundation will give FCIR a $25,000 matching grant if we can raise $25,000. All individual donations up to $1,000 and made from Dec. 19 to Jan. 19 will be matched dollar for dollar. This effort is part of the Knight News Match, which has pledged up to $1.5 million in matching funds to 57 nonprofit news organization nationwide.

Whatever you can give — $5, $10, $20, more if possible — will help us expand the Islamophobia Project in 2017. And the Knight News Match will double your donation to FCIR.

If you want to help expose and fight Islamophobia, I urge you to support the Islamophobia Project. We’re counting on you.


Trevor Aaronson
Executive Director



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