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Muslim leaders and allies across New York City held a rally and march against Islamophobia in Times Square in 2019. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Cases of discrimination and harassment against Muslim Americans spiked in May and June, according to a report published by the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

Why it matters: CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, typically publishes an annual report documenting anti-Muslim bias incidents but elected to release a mid-year report given the recent spike.

  • The report, which was released on Wednesday, concentrates on 38 of the hundreds of cases CAIR has documented, the organization said in a news release.
  • According to the group, the report aims to provide "a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of Muslims in America who continue to face the deadly threat of Islamophobia."

Details: The mid-year report documented a surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in May. The group also noted a rise in anti-mosque incidents involving vandalism and physical assaults.

  • The report found that bullying against Muslim students continues to rise at a rapid rate, highlighting an instance where a Muslim child was allegedly called a terrorist by his teacher.

What they're saying: "Islamophobia should not be normal. I can tell you that many Muslims around this country and around the world, those who live as minorities, they started to feel that Islamophobia is part of normal life. It should not be, and we should not accept it," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, per the news release.

  • "Islamophobia is a danger and threat not only to Muslims but to all our societies and the peace of our communities," he added.

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FBI report finds Iowa hate crimes spiked in 2020

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Data: Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Hate crimes in Iowa increased last year to their highest level in more than a decade, according to FBI data released this week.

Why it matters: The data can help give voice to victimized groups. Plus, experts say the numbers are likely higher.

  • Hate crimes are widely underreported, the U.S. Department of Justice has acknowledged for years.
  • The data is voluntarily submitted by more than 18,600 law enforcement agencies across the country, and roughly 20% didn’t participate last year.

By the numbers: Iowa hate crimes increased more than 130% between 2019 and last year, from nine to 21 cases, according to the report.

  • Eighteen were race-related. Of those, 16 were against Black people, up from five in 2019.
  • Three incidents were against people who identify as gay or lesbian.

The big picture: Iowa’s data aligns with national trends, as the U.S. saw the highest level of recorded hate crimes in more than a decade with 7,759 incidents in 2020.

  • Incidents against Black people increased by about 60%, from 2,470 in 2019 to 3,886 last year.

💬 Thought bubble: It's important to recognize the limits of the data, using the information as a possible tool for review or discussion rather than an end-all source.

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Vegan cuisine is popping up in two places it wasn't present before: fine dining and fast food.

Why it matters: The single biggest way an individual can reduce their carbon footprint is to eat less meat and dairy. Now, the popularization of meatless meals could help curb meat consumption in the U.S.

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Experts predict an easier COVID winter this year

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This winter probably won't bring another crushing COVID wave, experts say.

Why it matters: Last winter was the deadliest phase of the pandemic, and many Americans are braced for cold weather to once again usher in a surge in cases and deaths. But there are good reasons to think this year won't be nearly as bad.