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Today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) held a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 15 bus drivers of Somali-heritage against Monarch Bus Services and the Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company.
Several charges are in the process of being filed with the EEOC, Longfellow said. They allege discrimination based on ethnicity.
"The bus companies treated us unfairly and would not listen to the group's concerns,” group leader Mahmud Kanyare said. “The school children suffered because they had to ride in cold buses during a Minnesota winter."
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CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC, NLRB Charges on Behalf of Somali Bus Drivers
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/21/16) - On Friday, April 22, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 15 bus drivers of Somali-heritage against Monarch Bus Services and the Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company.
The Somali bus drivers will be present at the news conference.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges and NLRB Unfair Labor Practices Charges Against School Bus Companies
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 - Lower Level Conference Room
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.
Monarch Bus Services and Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company fired the 15 school bus drivers on January 21, 2016 after they formed a group called the United Community of Drivers to talk about the companies' work conditions and discrimination issues. The company refused to talk to the group and told them all to leave the property or they would call the police.
SEE: Group of Minneapolis School Bus Drivers Walks Off Job
On Tuesday, April 5, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join interfaith, social justice and community organizations and leaders at a news conference in St. Paul., Minn., to address the challenges facing Minnesota Muslims because of the rise of Islamophobia in that state and nationwide.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/1/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has received the 2016 Winds of Change diversity award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business. The Forum is the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country.
The Winds of Change Award goes to an individual or organization that has demonstrated sustained support for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and raised awareness of workplace diversity.
Celebrating its 28th year in 2016, the Forum on Workplace Inclusion convenes in Minneapolis each year to engage national and international people, advance ideas and ignite change around the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity.
SEE: 2016 Winds of Change Award to CAIR-Minnesota
In the award acceptance speech, CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said: "We greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this award. CAIR-MN works hard every day to make workplace inclusion a reality for our clients and our communities.”
Hussein added, “we value our partnership and trainings we offer with many of the Forum attendees in order to build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/30/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today expressed disappointment at the decision to not indict two Minneapolis police officers for the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced today that his office will not bring charges against Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze for the November shooting. Clark, 24, died from a gunshot wound to the head after an encounter with the two officers.
"We are extremely disappointed that Jamar Clark did not receive justice today. We are left with more questions than answers," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein "The video presented today appears to indicate the officers were in fact the instigators of the incident. Our thoughts are with the family."
Hussein added that Clark's case is not anomaly and that there needs to be an ongoing, systemic accountability structure to transform policing and how the police and community interact.
Community members are urged to join a community response gathering tonight at Elliot Park (1000 E 14th St, Minneapolis, Downtown Minneapolis) at 6 p.m. in a renewed call for justice for Jamar Clark and the African-American community of Minneapolis.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/28/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today join its national office in condemning the deadly bombing in Pakistan that reportedly targeted Christian families celebrating Easter. More than 70 people were killed in the blast. While Christians seem to have been the target of the attack, most of the victims were Muslim.
In a statement, CAIR-MN said: "We condemn this horrific attack on families celebrating their religious holiday and seek the swift apprehension and punishment of all those involved in its planning and execution. Such cowardly attacks must be rejected by people of all faiths, whether they occur in Pakistan, Belgium, Turkey, or any other nation."
"Terrorism is a global problem, and we are safer and stronger when community of all faiths, political backgrounds, and countries of origin stand up against terrorism. Those who seek to divide communities and foment hate only strengthen the hand of terror".