CAIR-MN to Hold Two Free Legal Clinics This Week in Dakota County and Minneapolis

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/26/2016) –  This week, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold two Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics in Dakota County and Minneapolis. The clinics will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, immigration law, family law, consumer debt, and employment.

The first clinic will be on Thursday, September 29, at the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul from 1 – 4 p.m. This clinic is co-sponsored by the Dakota County Law Library.

The second clinic will be on Saturday, October 1, at the Day of Dignity Event at the Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis from 12 – 2 p.m.

WHAT: Free Brief Advice Legal Clinics

WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 12 – 2 p.m.

WHERE:  September 29 – Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West,  West St. Paul; October 1 – Masjid An-Nur, 1729 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis

“People have legal issues and they often cannot afford to see an attorney.  These clinics will enable people to talk to a lawyer for free about their legal problems," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.

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CAIR Launches Muslim Voter Registration Effort

#CAIRChallenge urges Muslims to help register five people to vote

vote challenge(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today launched #CAIRChallenge – a voter registration initiative in which participants pledge to register five people to vote.

SEE: #CAIRChallenge

To assist Muslim in registering to vote, CAIR is encouraging individuals to make use of CAIR's “Rock the Vote” online voter registration tool.

SEE: CAIR’s Rock the Vote

CAIR is also asking Muslim voters to share photographs and videos of their stories of registering people to vote by posting items on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, Vine – and including the hashtag #CAIRChallenge.

As part of the #CAIRChallenge, CAIR is releasing a series of videos to encourage Americans Muslims to exercise their civic duty and vote. The first #CAIRChallenge video features CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

Video: CAIR Launches #CAIRChallenge Muslim Voter Registration Effort

“As citizens, it is our duty to educate ourselves about the civic process and to participate in that process,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem. “Our diversity is what makes us stronger as a nation.”

She added that it is important to involve young people in the political process.

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CAIR: Maryland Muslim Leaders to Hold Presidential Debate Watch Party

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/16) – On Monday, September 26th, the Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will partner with the United Maryland Muslim Council and the Howard County Muslim Council to co-host a Muslim voter watch party during the first presidential debate.

WHAT: Muslim Voter Presidential Debate Watch Party

WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016, 8:30pm-11pm EST

WHERE: New Life Healthy Living Center (Auditorium), 7600 Clays Lane, Windsor Mill, Md. 21244

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-971-6062

Media will have an opportunity to engage Muslim voters before, during, and after the debate on key issues that directly impact their communities, as well as all Americans.

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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CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Arson Targeting Missouri Mosque

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/16) - The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an apparent arson attack on a mosque under construction in that state.

Officials with the Islamic Center of Northland in Kansas City, Mo., say they discovered burns on the interior of the mosque Saturday morning when they arrived for a meeting. Kansas City police report finding two burned bottles inside the mosque site.

SEE: Arson Suspected at Northland Mosque Under Construction

“Given the recent spike in attacks on mosque nationwide, and the rising Islamophobia fueled by anti-Muslim rhetoric in the presidential campaign, we urge law enforcement officials to investigate a possible bias motive for this incident,” said CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed.

He noted that CAIR recently reported that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents, with a total of 55 cases recorded as of mid-September. Last year there were a total of 79 recorded anti-mosque cases.

CAIR Report: 2016 on Track to Be One of the Worst Years for Anti-Mosque Incidents

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