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CAIR: Electrolux Denies Minn. Muslims Ramadan Rights
Muslim workers seek religious accommodation for food to break fast
(ST. PAUL, MN, 7/21/10) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux to grant legally-mandated religious accommodation to Muslim employees at its St. Cloud plant during the upcoming Ramadan fast.
(ST. PAUL, MN, 7/09/10) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today asked the FBI to investigate recent graffiti spray-painted on a St. Cloud business as a possible hate crime. The Hormud Market, owned by a Somali Muslim St. Cloud resident, was spray painted with the words, “Go Home” on Thursday, July 8.
SEE: Somali-Owned Market Vandalized
"We urge the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to treat this incident as a civil rights violation,” said CAIR-MN President Lori Saroya. “Law enforcement officials must send a strong message that hate against any minority group is not acceptable in St. Cloud and that hate crimes will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.”
Muslim civil rights group says hate incidents create hostile learning environment, threaten safety of students
(ST. PAUL, MN, 3/24/10) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to investigate and address reports of growing racial and religious tensions in Minnesota public schools.
CAIR-MN's request for DOE intervention came following a series of anti-Muslim incidents reported to the civil rights organization by students across the state. Muslim students have allegedly been called "towel head" and other religious and racial slurs and faced harassment for their religious beliefs by other students and teachers. Some alleged incidents include: