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Detroit supports effort challenging anti-Arab bias

Associated Press

Detroit — Organizers of a national campaign to challenge discrimination against U.S. Arabs and Muslims say Detroit is the first city to officially stand behind their effort.

The National Network for Arab American Communities praised the city’s support of Take on Hate. Detroit Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez introduced the resolution Tuesday and urged “all Detroiters to speak out against hate.”

Mayor Mike Duggan says he wants a city where everyone is welcomed.

The campaign incorporates education and provides a platform for people to inspire policy change. It’s been launched in Detroit, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

The Arab American network is a project of the Dearborn economic and social services agency ACCESS.

The Detroit area is one of the nation’s largest centers of people who trace their roots to the Middle East.