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CAIR-MN: Muslim Cabbies Provide Free Rides for the Blind


(BLOOMINGTON, MN, 7/3/07) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today announced that Muslim cab drivers provided free rides to blind individuals (and their guide dogs) attending the American Council of the Blind (ACB) convention in Minneapolis.

CAIR-MN said the effort was designed to help build mutual understanding and to remind Muslims of the religious and legal obligation to accommodate those with physical challenges.

Muslim employees of the Twin Cities Airport Taxi, Viking Airport Taxi and Bloomington City Taxi provided free rides to ACB convention-goers from the airport to the convention site in downtown Minneapolis. The ACB annual convention will run until Saturday.

Muslim taxi drivers launched the free ride initiative earlier this year after reports surfaced of a small minority of drivers who refused to serve passengers with guide dogs.

“People were extremely appreciative and the Minnesota people are grateful for all your efforts, as well as the gesture of the drivers,” said Ken Rodgers of the ACB. “I couldn’t be more pleased.”

CAIR-MN is currently working with Rodgers to plan presentations on blindness and service animals at Muslim community events.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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.

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Communications Director Valerie Shirley, Tel: 763-226-5866; E-Mail:; CAIR-MN Board Chair Lori Saroya, E-Mail:; CAIR-MN Executive Director Omar Merhi, E-Mail:


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