(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 2/12/18) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on law enforcement authorities in that state to investigate a possible threat to a Muslim mayoral candidate in Rochester, Minn.
Candidate Regina Mustafa reported that an individual self-identified as “Militia Movement” left a comment last night stating “EXECUTE all muslims [sic] in America” on one of her Google Plus postings from June of 2017.
Mustafa told CAIR she has reported the apparent threat to the Rochester Police Department. She believes the threatening comment was prompted by news of her mayoral candidacy.
“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this implicit threat of violence targeting a member of a minority community seeking to take part in our nation’s political process,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
He said CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has also challenged a number of the Trump administration’s Islamophobic, discriminatory and anti-immigrant policies.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.