Members of InterAction, an alliance of more than 180 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered at Zakat Foundation of America headquarters for a two-day conference to discuss the Together Project. The project is designed to create a hub of advocacy and solidarity for U.S.-based NGOs that provide necessary development and humanitarian relief around the world but confront discrimination or targeted regulations in the U.S. due to their operating principles or religious faith.

The meeting, which featured CEOs from major American Muslim NGOs, included discussion of the impact civic spaces have on community communication and how having such spaces helps overcome divide to improve society for the masses. Civic spaces allow people from different backgrounds to get involved, giving a voice to the community so it may represent itself — and so the underrepresented are heard — and resolve conflicts through communication and change.

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