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CAIR: MN Muslims Asked to Give Blood for Bridge Collapse Victims

(ST. PAUL, MN, 8/2/07) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Muslims in that state to donate blood to help those injured in yesterday’s deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

CAIR-MN is asking Muslims to seek out the nearest Red Cross or Memorial Blood Centers site following regular Islamic congregation prayers on Friday. The civil rights group is also urging Islamic prayer leaders, or Imams, to use their Friday sermons to encourage blood donation.

SEE: American Red Cross Blood Services
SEE ALSO: Memorial Blood Centers

“It is important that Minnesotans of all faiths come together during this time of tragedy to do whatever they can to help the victims,” said CAIR-MN Board Chair Lori Saroya.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters 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, 651-645-7102, 763-226-5866; E-Mail:; CAIR-MN Board Chair Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail:


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