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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.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/2/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state to investigate a possible threat to a Muslim mayoral candidate in Rochester, Minn.
Candidate Regina Mustafa reported that an individual self-identified as “Militia Movement” left a comment last night stating “EXECUTE all muslims [sic] in America” on one of her Google Plus postings from June of 2017.
Mustafa told CAIR she has reported the apparent threat to the Rochester Police Department. She believes the threatening comment was prompted by news of her mayoral candidacy.
“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this implicit threat of violence targeting a member of a minority community seeking to take part in our nation’s political process,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
First and foremost, we remind our community members and supporters that this is one of many fights for social justice playing out in the federal government this week - while we are focused on the Muslim Ban, we are supportive of those who are advocating for DACA protections and those who are challenging the proposed tax plan.
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