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CAIR-MN Welcomes New Board Chair, Thanks Outgoing Civil Rights Director

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN 04/06/12) –The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) announced today that it has elected Muslim community activist Ramla Bile as its new interim board chair.
Ramla Bile works as a staff writer and is a former producer for the KFAI collaborative project Muslims in Minnesota. She has written extensively for Mshale and Hiraan Online, with much of her reporting focused on the Somali community in the Twin Cities. Ramla received her B.A. in global studies and political science with a minor in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota. She was previously on the board of the United Somali Movement.
“Ramla Bile has exemplary leadership skills, a commitment to the helping others and a great passion for civil rights work,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya. “I am certain she will work to continue to protect civil rights and promote justice for all Minnesotans.”
CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Taneeza Islam recently moved out of state and relinquished her position, which she served in for four years. The Civil Rights Director position is currently seeking applicants. For more information, visit:
“It’s difficult to see Taneeza Islam leave, but she has built a solid foundation for the department, so we are certain her good work will continue,” said Saroya.
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 Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202 488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:


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