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CAIR-MN Concerned about Spike in Hate Crimes Targeting Minnesota Muslims

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/6/17) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) Today expressed concerned about the recent spike of hate crimes targeting Minnesota Muslims. Four hate crime incidents targeting Muslim men and women occurred in a span of two weeks in Minnesota. 

On March 25th Willmar man, Zachary Todd Degraw, 23 choked a Somali cab driver while driving from downtown St. Cloud to a bar east of the city. Degraw, face charges of assault motivated by bias, a gross misdemeanor, and two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. Drew

“Our community is on edge as we continue to get more reports of hate crimes targeting the Minnesota Muslim Community,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We ask our state leaders to publicly repudiate the growing Islamophobia that has resulted in an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in our state” 

Hussein noted four incidents have occurred in a span of two weeks in Moorhead, two in Minneapolis and in one in St Cloud. 

SEE: Cab passenger charged with hate crime, assault of Somali driver

SEE: Man in Minneapolis bites, stabs Somali man, then screams “I hate Muslims!” after arrest

SEE:’This Has To Stop’: Woman Says She Was Target Of Hate Speech, Threats

SEE: Muslim Group Calls for Charges After Hijab-Wearing Moorhead Woman Harassed in Supermarket

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


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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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