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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/7/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a federal charge brought against a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a mosque in that state last year.
United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced today that a federal criminal complaint was brought against Daniel George Fisher, 57, for allegedly threatening to blow up the Tawfiq Islamic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Fisher appeared today in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul, Minn. He was charged with one count of "Obstruction of Persons in the Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs."
CAIR: Man said he would blow up Islamic Center 'with all you immigrants in it'
The Tawfiq Islamic Center reportedly received an anonymous handwritten letter threatening to "blow up your building with all you immigrants in it." The letter also included "profanities, racial and ethnic slurs, and other derogatory commentary about the religious and cultural practices of the members of the Tawfiq Islamic Center."
The FBI interviewed Fisher in June. He reportedly told the agents that he had become "increasingly angry with Muslims since 9/11."
"We welcome the federal charge brought in the case and hope that the prosecution of this individual will send the message that threats targeting religious minorities will not be tolerated," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/18/16) - On Friday, August 19, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host a news conference in Minneapolis with Muslim and Somali-American leaders to condemn recent Islamophobic and anti-Somali rhetoric by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump is scheduled to speak in Minnesota on Friday.
(Minneapolis., 8/19/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is calling on the FBI to investigate an alleged threat by two men to burn down the house of a Somali-American woman in that state if she and her family do not leave town. The Muslim woman, who moved to Little Falls, Minn., earlier this year, was reportedly confronted at her home by two men who called her a terrorist and said Muslims are not allowed to live in that city.
SEE: Threat Against Somali Woman in Little Falls Investigated as Hate Crime http://www.startribune.com/threat-against-somali-woman-in-little-falls-scrutinized-as-hate-crime/390651081/
"We urge the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to investigate this disturbing threat and to ensure the safety of the family targeted by anti-Muslim hate," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. Later today, CAIR-MN will host a news conference in Minneapolis with Muslim and Somali-American leaders to condemn GOP Presidential Nominee Donald Trump's recent Islamophobic and anti-Somali rhetoric. Video: CAIR-MN, Muslim Leaders to Condemn Donald Trump's Islamophobic, Anti-Somali Rhetorichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rl5J6umSek
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/12/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) tonight called for an investigation of a hate message left at a mosque in that state as a possible bias-motivated crime.
The message, left at the door of the Dawah Mosque in St. Paul, Minn., contained a slur against Islam's Prophet Muhammad and the statement, "F**k Islam."
"All Americans must be able to practice their faith and worship as they choose without fear of harassment or intimidation," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime."
Earlier today, a representative of CAIR-MN attended a hearing for a man who allegedly shot at a group of Muslim men, injuring two.
CAIR-MN: Ramsey County Man Faces Multiple Charges after Muslim Men Shot in Minneapolis
(MINNEAPOLIS, 7/7/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for congressional hearings to address public outrage over two police shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota and to propose legislation to help prevent such deadly incidents from occurring in the future.
On Wednesday, a Minnesota officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile while he was in a car with his girlfriend and her child. The aftermath of the shooting was livestreamed on Facebook.
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed during a confrontation with police officers outside a Baton Rouge, La. Video of the shooting was posted online by a community activist. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it take the lead in the investigation of that shooting.
SEE: A Look at Recent Police Shootings Involving Black Men (AP)
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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"We welcome the U.S. Department of Justice intervention in the Louisiana shooting case and urge similar action to provide for robust and transparent investigations of the Minnesota incident and other recent police shootings of African-American men.
We call on Congress to hold hearings designed to address this ongoing issue and to propose legislation to help prevent these tragic incidents from occurring in the future."
"We call on federal officials to investigate the shooting of Philando Castile and for a thorough review of police policies, hiring and training in the wake of this tragedy," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.