Group Works to Counter Negative View Of Muslims

January 14, 2010

Author: Stefano Esposito

Source: Chicago Sun-Times,CST-NWS-muslim14.article

It's hard to deny the power of an Osama bin Laden taped message to foment anti-Muslim sentiment in America.

But a Chicago-based coalition wants to blunt that sort of message by sharing the real-life stories of Muslims living, working and praying in America.

"It's about humanizing our respective stories, it's about finding our similarities [with other Americans] and learning to respect our differences," said Rami Nashashibi, executive director of Chicago's Inner-City Muslim Action Network, one of a host of agencies partnering in "One Chicago, One Nation" -- an initiative launched today.