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CAIR-Minnesota: Somali Business Community, Muslim Faith Leaders to Call Out Politicians for Scapegoating, Grandstanding

Groups say harmful bills, rhetoric about Money Services Businesses endanger Minnesota’s African immigrant, Muslim communities

WHAT: Later today, Minnesota’s Somali Business Community and Muslim Faith Leaders will hold a news conference to call out the cynical attempt to use African immigrant and Muslim communities as a political football in the final days of the legislative session.

The community has already been subjected to ongoing tactics of division and fear mongering throughout a heated political season. Recently, the system of getting essential money to families abroad has been attacked by some Republican politicians at the legislature.

This press conference will call these legislators to the table to create real solutions to this systems’ issues. The community has been fighting inequitable banking policies for nearly a decade and if these legislators sincerely want positive change, they are welcome to join in creating solutions that don’t disparage, endanger and vilify entire communities of people. Discriminatory policies have forced families to depend on making cash transactions through Money Services Businesses for essential needs. All legislators, especially those who have been critical of this cash system are invited to join us, today, in the fight to protect all Minnesotan families without scapegoating ours.

WHEN: Friday, May 18, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol, Press Conference Room B971

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: A related childcare press conference will address the real Minnesotan childcare crisis that has plagued childcare centers, parents and children, including the many Somali-based childcare centers in the state. This will take place on the last day of the legislative session at the Minnesota State Capitol in Press Conference Room B971 – Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11 a.m.

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