(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 8/7/13) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has been named a “Nonprofit to Know” by the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (MPP). MPP is a network of foundations, funds and organizations that share knowledge and services to make charitable giving thrive and benefit all Minnesotans.
CAIR-MN is the state's only Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy organization. Cases include employment discrimination, school bullying and harassment, mosque opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile. Last year, CAIR-MN handled nearly 180 cases involving Minnesota Muslims and other racial and religious minorities.
“Protecting the rights of Minnesota Muslims is at the core of CAIR-Minnesota's mission,” said CAIR-MN Director Nausheena Hussain. “We work to ensure that everyone is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.”
She said the demand for CAIR-MN's services has grown tremendously since its founding in 2007.
In 2011, CAIR-MN received the Mission & Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and MAP for Nonprofits. The annual “Mission & Excellence” awards are given to six non-profit organizations that make “outstanding contributions to Minnesota's high quality of life.”
CAIR-MN: 2011 Anti-Racism Initiative Recipient
In 2012, CAIR-MN received the CAIR “Chapter of the Year” award because it “stands out as an exemplary chapter for their tireless work on behalf of their community.”
SEE: CAIR Chapter of the Year
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties 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 Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com