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CAIR-MI Welcomes Reversal of Unjust Conviction of Prominent Detroit Muslim Activist

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 08/21/2019) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a local chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the reversal of an unjust conviction by a Michigan court of a Muslim who is a prominent Detroit environmental and racial justice activist. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals yesterday overturned convictions against Siwatu-Salama Ra for brandishing a registered, unloaded firearm when defending herself and daughter against an attacker.  Ra was forced to give birth to her daughter while incarcerated and was denied religious dietary and prayer accommodations.

SEE: Siwatu-Salama Ra’s criminal convictions reversed in court of appeals (Detroit Metro Times)

CAIR-MI filed two civil rights complaints on Ra’s behalf relating to her civil rights being violated while she was unjustly incarcerated by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC).  

SEE: Michigan prison violating pregnant Muslim’s religious rights, lawyers say (Detroit Metro Times)

“We welcome the decision of the Court of Appeals to overturn the wrongful conviction of Mrs. Ra,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We will continue to challenge such callous and unjust treatment of Michigan Muslims by prosecutors and correctional units.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy V. Doukoure (586) 943-8823

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