You don’t have to be a lawyer to fight Islamophobia in Trump’s America. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the country’s most prominent American Muslim advocacy groups, is looking for people with a range of skills to volunteer their time, from coordinating social media campaigns to keeping an eye on legislation to organizing local events.
To find the nearest CAIR chapter, click here. You can also submit a volunteer application through the group’s website. The group also offers internships at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., which can count as academic credit and community service hours. There are part-time and full-time internship positions for law clerks, IT specialists, graphic designers, outreach organizers, and government affairs assistants. Local chapters are also looking for law clerks.
To stay in the loop, CAIR’s Nabeelah Naeem recommends signing up for CAIR’s action alerts and newsletter, through the provided link.
Currently, the nonprofit group is the midst of a $1.5 million dollar fundraising drive, collecting funds for, among other things, the lawsuit it filed Monday on behalf of twenty people affected by Trump’s seven-country Muslim ban. Like the ACLU and other civil rights organizations, CAIR has seen a huge spike in donations and volunteer interest in the wake of Trump’s executive orders, Naeem says. Donations are tax deductible. Here’s the web page to give.