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CAIR-MN Joins a National Call to Action Rejecting Islamophobia

CAIR-MN Joins a National Call to Action Rejecting Islamophobia (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/15/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) announced today it will join a coalition of some two dozen state organizations in a national call for action and events planned across the nation this week by Stand Together Against Racism & Islamophobia (STARI). Minnesota anti-Islamophobia events include a rally, march and panel discussion on February 20. 

SEE: Stand Together Against Racism & Islamophobia  

WHAT: Rally and Panel Discussion - "Stop Islamophobia, Defend the Muslim Community"

WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m. (Rally and March) 2 p.m. (Panel Discussion)

WHERE: Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, ; Minnesotans Against Islamophobia founder, Karen Schraufnagel, 651-283-3495,  

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CAIR-MN Welcomes Judge's Decision in Favor of Planned Islamic Cemetery


12191436 896285747145830 2002919163159885748 n(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/1/2016) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a Dakota County District Court judge's decision forcing Castle Rock Township to issue a conditional use permit for an Islamic cemetery. 

Judge David L. Knutson yesterday granted a summary judgement motion to the Al Maghfirah Cemetery Association in which he ruled that the township's decision to deny the conditional use permit (CUP) was "arbitrary and capricious" because the township did not provide any written findings of fact to support its decision.  

[NOTE: In October of last year, CAIR-MN asked federal authorities to determine whether the denial of land usage for the Islamic cemetery was discriminatory on the basis of religion and questioned whether the denial constitutes a violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).]

SEE: CAIR-MN, Community Leaders to Asks DOJ to Probe Bias in Rejection of Islamic Cemetery 

"We hoped that a simple request for a proposed Islamic cemetery in Minnesota would not need a court order, however we welcome the court's decision to grant the conditional use permit," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein stated. "This ruling sends a strong signal to those who would discriminate on the basis of religious identity." 

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CAIR: Minnesota Muslim Teen Boxer to Attempt to Compete Wearing Hijab

amayaThe Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) On Saturday, December 5, a representative of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will accompany a teenage Muslim boxer when she attempts to compete in a Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., while wearing modest Islamic attire, including a head scarf, or hijab.

In September, CAIR welcomed a decision by USA Boxing to request a waiver to an international association's policy preventing of 15-year-old Amaiya Zafar of Oakdale, Minn., from taking part in competition while wearing hijab. To date, neither CAIR nor the teen's family have been informed of any action being taken on that request.

Video: CAIR-MN Helps Muslim Teen Boxer Seeking to Compete Wearing Hijab 

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