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CAIR-MN to Host First Conference on Challenging Islamophobia

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/8/2016) – On Saturday, January 9, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will host the first-ever conference on “Challenging Islamophobia†at the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Fridley.

The conference will include workshops and panel discussions with speakers from both greater Minnesota and local areas to discuss ways to challenge growing Islamophobia in American society. The conference will also engage participants in an idea generation effort to seek creative ways to challenge Islamophobia. Several victims of Islamophobia-related hate crimes will also speak to attendees.

The conference is open to the public. Registration is required and onsite registration will also be available. Link to registration: http://www.cairmn.com/events/islamophobia-conference/first-islamophobia-conference-in-minnesota.html

WHAT: Conference on Challenging Islamophobia

WHEN: Saturday, January 9th, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (program starts at 10 a.m.)

WHERE: 1401 Gardena Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

“This conference is a great opportunity to bring together leaders and activists from our communities to learn and strategize on ways to challenge Islamophobia,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “He hope this conference will set the tone for 2016 and send the message that Minnesotans are ready to challenge Islamophobia across the state.”

Since the tragic Paris attacks and San Bernardino shootings, reports of Islamophobic discrimination, intimidation, bullying and harassment, threats, and violence targeting American Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim, and Islamic institutions have increased significantly as compared to any other period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks.

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, 612-2406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

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