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CAIR-MN Welcomes Federal Agreement on Race-Related Issues at South High School
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/10/14) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a federal agreement to help remedy race-related issues at Minneapolis South High School. CAIR-MN filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) after a brawl between Somali-American and African-American students erupted at the school on February 14, 2013.
SEE: Food Fight Erupts Into Melee (Star Tribune
CAIR-MN asked the DOE to investigate allegations that African-American and Somali-American students were subjected to a hostile environment on the basis of race and national origin and that the school failed to stop the harassment.
“We welcome this agreement and hope it will lead to an educational environment free of harassment based on race, religion or national origin,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.
Longfellow said the federal agreement ensures the school’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and outlines an action plan to create an environment in which students are protected.
The agreement calls on the school district to promptly investigate all incidents of harassment; issue an anti-harassment statement; review and revise harassment and bullying policies; provide staff and student training; conduct climate surveys; and establish anti-harassment advisory councils.
SEE: Resolution Agreement
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) reached a federal agreement with Owatonna and St. Cloud Public Schools after CAIR-MN asked for an investigation into the harassment of Somali Muslim students.
CAIR-MN to Organize Free Legal Clinic at ‘Day of Dignity’
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/7/14) – On Saturday, October 11, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host its 3rd Annual Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic at the Twin Cities Day of Dignity.
WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic
WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Masjid An Nur, 1729 North Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411
The Twin Cities Day of Dignity is an annual community event hosted by Masjid An-Nur, Al Maauum Neighborhood Outreach, and Islamic Relief. It offers free services, including health care services, haircuts, books and school supplies, winter clothing, health and hygiene clinics, music, and more.
SEE: Twin Cities Day of Dignity
MN Muslims to Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha Holiday
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/03/14) - On Saturday, October 4, Minnesota Muslims will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers and celebrations at locations around the state. The prayers and the holiday that follows are called Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or "festival of the sacrifice."
Eid ul-Adha also commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy, and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting "Eid Mubarak" or "blessed Eid." Each year, some two million Muslims, including thousands of American Muslims, go on Hajj.
[NOTE: For actual pilgrims, the rites of Hajj continue for some time after the "Eid" prayers.]
WHEN: - Saturday, October 4 - The prayers are held in the morning. Many communities also hold day-long Eid festivals for families.
TIME & LOCATION: The Eid prayers and festivals are held either in local mosques or in public facilities designed to accommodate large gatherings. Local Eid prayer locations include:
TIME: 8:00am and 9:15am (two sessions)
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Each year, Muslims from America and many different countries come to the prayers in colorful dress. The prayers themselves are quite visual, with worshipers arranged in neat rows and bowing in prayer in unison. Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of the prayers.
NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers of both sexes should dress modestly. Photographers should arrive early to get into position for the best shots. Photographers are also advised not to step directly in front of worshipers and to seek permission for close-up shots.
Eid ul-Adha is one of the two major Muslim holidays.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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