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CAIR-MN: Minnesota Muslims Will React to Launch of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Program

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 9/9/15) – Later today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a media availability with Muslim community leaders to react to today's launch of a government-initiated “countering violent extremism” (CVE) program in that state.

SEE: New Somali Youth Programs Launched (MPR)

WHAT: Muslim Community Leaders React to Launch of CVE Program

WHEN: Today Wednesday, September 9, 3 p.m.

WHERE: North American Council of Somali Imams Office, 3355 Hiawatha Ave. South Suite 202, Minneapolis, MN 55406

In August, CAIR joined Muslim and civil rights organizations in holding news conferences in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Boston to express growing community concerns about the government's CVE program and their opposition to the proposed senate bill H.R. 2899.

Video: CAIR-MN, Other Civil Rights Groups Call for Greater Transparency in CVE Programs

Video: CAIR-LA Rep Says CVE Programs Reinforce Anti-Muslim Stereotypes

In July, CAIR released an updated CVE briefing paper outlining a number of concerns about the government's CVE initiative, including that government-led CVE is not an effective use of public resources, that it often relies on subjective measures, and that its efficacy is questionable.

In May, nearly 50 Minnesota Muslim organizations sign on to a statement highlighting the concerns over the CVE program. The growing list represents the majority of the Minnesota Muslim organizations. 

See: Letter and those undersigned

See: Coverage

Observers note that CVE is generally driven by news events, that the current program targets American Muslims exclusively, and find claims that the government is targeting all forms of violent extremism to be inconsistently supported.

Many of the Minnesota Muslim organizations are concerned that countering violent extremism programs that only focus on Muslim communities ignore the real threat of extremists in other communities while increasing negative public sentiment toward American Muslims as a whole.

There is also concern that the current CVE initiative undermines American ideals such as government not having a role in the free exercise of religion.

CAIR Brief on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

CAIR also joined 41 other organizations in raising concerns about the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899).

Read the Entire Letter

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 Executive Director Jaylani Hussein,, 612-406-0070; Sadik Warfa Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) 612-710-0814; Hassan Dhooye Executive Director, North American Council of Somali Imams (NACSI), 612-443-4300, 

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