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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/3/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting Muslim students at the University of Minnesota.
CAIR-MN reports that vandals spray-painted "ISIS" on a sign put up on the Minneapolis, Minn., campus by that university's Muslim Student Association (MSA). The vandalism was discovered this morning.
"University administrators and state religious and political leaders must speak out forcefully against the rising anti-Muslim hate in our society that results in such disturbing incidents," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We urge campus police and other relevant law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident as a hate crime."
He noted a recent spike in the number of hate incidents targeting Minnesota Muslims.
Feds Zero in on Rise in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in Minnesota, Nationally
Hussein also cited a number of recent incidents targeting individual American Muslims, Muslim students and Islamic institutions nationwide. CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, attributes the rising number of anti-Muslim incidents in large part to Islamophobic rhetoric in the presidential election campaign, particularly the rhetoric used by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of a deadly attack on a Saudi Arabian student in Wisconsin.
CAIR said University of Wisconsin-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died one day after being assaulted on a street in downtown Menomonie, Wis. The attacker, described as a white male about 6 feet tall, assaulted Alnahdi early Sunday morning near a pizza restaurant. Alnahdi was found unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.
CAIR: Saudi Student at UW-Stout Dies After Assault (USA Today)
CAIR's Minnesota chapter (CAIR-MN) and its national civil rights department are both monitoring the case. CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein is meeting today with students and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
CAIR-MN Asks Minnesota High School to Drop Event Featuring Islamophobe John Guandolo
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/18/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on administrators of Bagley High Schoo lin Bagley, Minn., to cancel an event this evening featuring notorious Islamophobe and anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist John Guandolo.
SEE: Disgraced FBI Agent Turned Anti-Muslim Activist in Bagley Oct. 18
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks hate groups in America, describes Guandolo as "a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims 'do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.'"
CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: John Guandolo
Video: Islamophobe John Guandolo Claims CIA Director John Brennan is a Secret Muslim
"Islamophobes like John Guandolo have the right to spew their misinformation and bigotry, but they don't have the right to do it using a taxpayer-funded academic institution as a platform," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "The perception that the high school may be endorsing Guandolo's anti-Muslim bigotry could lead to a hostile learning environment for Muslim and other minority students."
He suggested that high school administrators tell Guandolo to find a private venue for his talk.
(Minneapolis, MN, 10/17/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today joined the Minneapolis NAACP in calling for an independent investigate of an incident in which an African-American man was arrested for walking in the street because a sidewalk was under construction.
SEE: Minneapolis NAACP Demands Accountability from Edina Police for Mistreatment of Black Pedestrian
Cell phone video of the arrest by a white police officer in Edina, Minn., has drawn widespread outrage. The woman who captured the incident on video said, "There was absolutely no reason for the officer to stop him from walking."
SEE: Video Shows Black Man Being Arrested For Apparently Walking in Street
"We believe this humiliating incident would not have occurred had the individual targeted by the officer been white," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "This is an apparent case of 'walking while black' that should be investigated by an independent body."