(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 4/1/10) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) recently joined the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition in Southeast Michigan.
The coalition’s mission focuses on law enforcement and community organizations collaboration to educate citizens about bias-motivated crimes, to respond to support victims and to mentor victims and perpetrators during the healing process.
Other members of the coalition include the Canton Police Department, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, NAACP and the Triangle Foundation.
Following Hutaree (Christian Militia) raid in Adrian, coalition members recently met to discuss the growing threat of White supremacist, right wing extremism in Southeast Michigan.
Recently in Rochester, not far from one of the largest mosques in Michigan, derogatory flyers were thrown in families’ yards in plastic Easter egg containers with anti African-American caricatures and rhetoric. The flyers, which carry the logo of the Aryan Nation refer to African-Americans as the N-word and that they should be sent back to Africa.
The distribution of the flyers is being currently being investigated by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
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“With the rise of hate crimes and racial tension in Michigan, we welcome such opportunities to partner with law enforcement and community organizations to challenge hate in our state,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
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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