Report Release – Park 51 and Beyond: Building Community from Controversy

Common Cause New York and New York Neighbors for American Values are officially releasing a report today entitled Park 51 and Beyond: Building Community from Controversy (available at the link).

The report is an analysis of the manufactured controversy surrounding the Park 51 project, featuring “lessons learned” from the media firestorm that erupted  as well as a toolkit for communities facing similar attacks. It also uses case examples of other recent controversies, illustrating the ways in which anti-Muslim rhetoric has been used to manufacture outrage at various projects and individuals.

We hope that the analysis and toolkit will be helpful to all communities looking to fight discrimination and bigotry, and stand up for the constitutional and American values of diversity, equality and freedom of religion.


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