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CAIR-Minnesota Co-Hosting Challenging Islamophobia Conference

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN., 5/9/18) — On Thursday, May 10, 2018, CAIR-Minnesota will co-sponsor the nation’s first Challenging Islamophobia conference at the Hubert H. Humphrey Auditorium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

This conference will take a deep dive into the history of Islamophobia and its effects upon society. Break-out sessions will address how Islamophobia affects public policy, the role of media, and much more. Keynote subjects include how Islamophobia became mainstream, the impact of Islamophobia in Minnesota and abroad, and stories of resilience.

Featured national and international speakers include Rashid Musa of Young Muslims in Sweden, Hatem Bazian of Zaytuna University, Corey Saylor of ReThink Media, Lori Saroya from CAIR National, Mohamed Omar of Dar Al Faruq, and more. It is anticipated that over 200 will be in attendance.

Sponsors of this event include Advocates for Human Rights, Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC), Metro State, Jewish Community Action, Humphrey School, Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL), Global MN, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Islamic Resource Group (IRG), Discussions that Encounter, Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC), Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), Dar Al Farooq, Immigration History Research Center, Immigrant Law Center of MN, Jambo! Kitchen, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood of Empowerment (RISE), UNITECLOUD, Isuroon, James H. Binger Center for New Americans, and Great River Energy.

WHAT: Challenging Islamophobia Conference

WHEN: Thursday, May 10th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

WHO: CAIR-Minnesota

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, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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