(ST. PAUL, MN, 3/24/10)- More than 100 Muslims from Minnesota gathered in St. Paul on Tuesday for the 6th Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol. The day opened with a gathering in the State Capitol Rotunda in which representatives greeted Muslim constituents to encourage community engagement in local politics.
CAIR-MN’s President Lori Saroya spoke on civil rights issues facing the Minnesota Muslim community, specifically the recent increase in harassment and discrimination cases in Minnesota public schools.
Muslim constituents met with local Democratic and Republican representatives and senators throughout the afternoon, emphasizing concerns and sharing ideas about civil rights, public education, and their vision for a better Minnesota.
“Muslims in America are in integral part of the community and it’s important for them to engage with local legislators to help build a stronger Minnesota,” said CAIR-MN Assistant Civil Rights Director Zahra Aljabri.
The event was organized by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and co-sponsored by Al-Amal School; the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota Chapter; the Islamic Center of Minnesota; the Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice; and Masjid An Nur.
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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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Assistant Civil Rights Director Zahra Aljabri, Esq., 651-645-7102, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-MN President Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org