These Local Businesses and Communities Are Pushing Back on Islamophobia


As many Republican voters have cheered Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the country, local businesses and communities around the country are working hard to fight back against the rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Using the hashtag #HateHasNoBizHere, some small business owners are posting storefront messages to denounce Islamophobic views and stand in solidarity with Muslims in their communities.

Communities and lawmakers are also weighing in:

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These are especially important messages amid the rising number of hate crimes against American Muslims after the San Bernardino shooting and Paris attacks. “It’s important to stand on the side of respect and love and tolerance,” Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association said during a Texas rally to support of a local mosque.

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