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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/12/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today joined, the Minnesota Muslim community in condemning the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.
"Minnesota Muslims condemn in the strongest possible terms the mass shooting in Orlando," said Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured"
The LGBTQ community has stood side by side with the American Muslim community during challenging and difficult times. We stand together against hatred, violence and demonization of entire communities.
Communities members are urged to attend a community vigil on Sunday June 12th.
What: OutFront organized community Vigil: Vigil To Unite in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting
WHEN: Sunday, June 12, 7pm
WHERE: Loring Park 1382 Willow St. Minneapolis, MN 55403
Community Leaders Press Conference on Monday June 13th
(CAIR), today launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge growing Islamophobia in America.
In its new social media campaign, CAIR is distributing “ISLAMOPHOBIN®,” a mock-medicine designed to “cure” Islamophobia and includes a television commercial for the product. (NOTE: ISLAMOPHOBIN is actually sugar-free-chewing gum. Use #ISLAMOPHOBIN. SEE sample tweets below.)
The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and The Advocates for Human Rights on Friday May 13th presented its annual "Immigrant of Distinction Award" to Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
The award is in recognition to Hussein's outstanding contribution to social justice. Each year at its Upper Midwest Immigration Law conference, the AILA recognizes an Immigrant for his or her outstanding contribution to the society.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
SEE: Homeland Security Investigating after Reports of Racial Profiling at MSP
A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties.
SEE: Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration
"We welcome this investigation and hope it results in the accountability and transparency needed to rebuild trust in the Minnesota TSA," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Racial and religious profiling is unconstitutional, immoral, ineffective, and undermines the core principals of our democracy."
CAIR-MN and Muslim community leaders had called for just such an investigation.
CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of 21 Muslim Employees
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/27/16) - On Thursday, April 28, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 21 Somali-American Muslim employees against Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions.
Some of the employees will be present at the news conference.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges Against Manufacturing Company and Temporary Staffing Agency
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 - Lower Level Conference Room
WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.
Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions employees were terminated around May and June 2015 after they asked for religious accommodations that would allow them to pray. Many employees were told that if they could not comply with the break schedule, they would have to go home and could not continue working. Others were told that if they needed a religious accommodation and could not wait until their shifts were over to pray, then they would have to go home and wait until the company notified them that an accommodation could be made. Many of these employees were never called back to work. Some employees were terminated for "violating the bathroom policy" by spilling water on the floor. This was clearly pretext for Truth Hardware's discriminatory actions.
"It is the constitutional right of these employees to have their religious practices accommodated, and companies need to start adapting their workplace policies accordingly," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amarita Singh.
Today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) held a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 15 bus drivers of Somali-heritage against Monarch Bus Services and the Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company.
Several charges are in the process of being filed with the EEOC, Longfellow said. They allege discrimination based on ethnicity.
"The bus companies treated us unfairly and would not listen to the group's concerns,” group leader Mahmud Kanyare said. “The school children suffered because they had to ride in cold buses during a Minnesota winter."
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