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CAIR-Minnesota Calls on FBI to Probe Social Media Threat Targeting Its Executive Director

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 10/8/18) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, to investigate a social media threat targeting CAIR-MN’s Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. 

In a tweet, an anti-Muslim organizer who attended an event featuring a talk by Hussein this past Saturday at the Minnesota History Center, wrote: “. . .trust me you are my mission. I will take you down. You are done I am pretty sure they will make it look like an accident.” (grammatical errors maintained)

“We urge the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to investigate what clearly appears to be a threat of violence targeting a leader of a minority community because of his activism in defense of civil rights and the Constitution,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow.

He added that CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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