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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/15/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today expressed concern about the lack of response by school officials in Coon Rapids, Minn., to an alleged assault on a Muslim middle schooler.
CAIR-MN says the family of the Northdale Middle School student reported that their child is feeling emotionally and physically distressed after she was allegedly assaulted on Friday by a classmate who came up behind her and violently pulled off her Islamic head scarf (hijab) and threw it on the ground. The classmate also pulled on her hair and let it come down in front of other students. The Muslim student now feels unsafe in the school and has yet to return to school.
School officials did not respond to the incident until Tuesday, despite the fact that the incident was reported immediately by the student and after being contacted by the family on Friday.
"School officials must take immediate actions to ensure that all students, regardless of their faith or ethnicity, are provided a safe learning environment," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "It should not take days to respond to an apparently bias-motivated assault on a student."
He said CAIR has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 presidential election.
We have the following opportunities for you to act as an Ambassador for CAIR-Minnesota:
Thursday, August 8th, “Practical Empathy – Introduction to Nonviolent Communication and Responding with Humanity in the Heat of the Moment – NVC on the Street” Workshop at Bethany’s Lower Fellowship Hall from 6:30 to 9:15 pm– we’ll need just a few volunteers to help with set up, assist during the event and clean up afterwards. Volunteers are welcome to take part in the workshop - bonus!
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE - Thursday, August 15th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm Youth Program Fundraising Dinner at Hope Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 – we anticipate 50 people will be attending – we’ll need about 5-6 volunteers for set up, assisting during the event and clean up. (We have some volunteers but could use some more help).
Sunday, August 25th, Open Streets Franklin, we will have a CAIR-MN table (bonus attraction - this year we'll be providing a tent for SHADE!) right outside our office at 2511 East Franklin Avenue here in the wonderful Seward Neighborhood. The hours of Open Streets Franklin will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm so you can just assign yourself a two-hour shift (or more, if you are so inclined).
See this link for the CAIR-MN Volunteer Opportunities Sign Up Sheet.
We’ll have a couple of Saturday dates at the Midway Farmers Market to be scheduled in September– I am waiting for confirmation on that and will let everyone know.
Reminder - Volunteer Meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the CAIR-MN offices.
Minneapolis, MN 4/17/2019
Earlier today, we learned about a hateful anti-Semitic Facebook post made by one of our former employees in 2008, when he was a teenager. We were not aware of this post when we hired the employee, who left our office one year ago.
As a civil rights organization dedicated to countering all forms of bigotry, we condemn these hateful and hurtful words in the strongest terms possible. We also welcome this young man's decision to publicly renounce and apologize for the bigotry he expressed in his youth.
We understand the pain that such hateful remarks cause to all people, especially the Jewish community. We stand in solidarity with our Jewish neighbors against hatred, and we move forward today even more committed to fighting anti-Semitism in all of its forms, no matter the source.