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CAIR-MN to Welcome Chisago County's Decision to Reverse Denial of Permit for Muslim Cemetery
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/15/17) - On Thursday, March 16, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference in Minneapolis to welcome the issuance of a conditional use permit for an Islamic cemetery by the Chisago County Board.
SEE: Under pressure from feds, Chisago County Board set to reconsider turned-down Muslim cemetery
The Islamic Community of Bosniaks of Minnesota (ICBMN) applied for conditional use permit for a cemetery in Chisago County in the fall of 2016. The community needed additional cemetery space that was affordable. The Chisago Lake Township Board, in an advisory capacity, recommended that the County board grant the permit. The Chisago County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the permit on December 1, 2016, and voted to recommend that the Chisago County Board approve the conditional use permit with some conditions.
The Chisago County Board met on December 21, 2016, and voted to deny the conditional use permit.
ICBMN filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals of the decision saying that it was arbitrary. On March 15, 2017, the Chisago County Board decided to reconsider its previous decision. It reversed its previous decision and voted to grant the conditional use permit.
Community Advisory: What You Should Know about Muslim Ban 2.0
A new Muslim Ban Executive Order (“Muslim Ban 2.0″) was signed Monday March 6th. We are reviewing it to see how exactly it will be rolled out but some general information based on what we know now is included below. Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges that may be advanced in court:
CAIR-MN Share: 8 Know Your Rights Tips for travelers & immigrants
1- do not leave the US if you are you here on a visa from the following countries Iraq Iran Libya Somalia Sudan Syria and Yemen
2- regardless of your immigration status contact CAIR are or a trusted immigration attorney before traveling outside the United States
3-if you know of anyone traveling to the US have them contact CAIR our office or trusted immigration attorney near the airport of entry
4-do not submit any forms for immigration benefits without first contacting an attorney for review and guidance.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/28/2016) - the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) the Minnesota Muslim and Somali community today condemn the Ohio campus stabbings.
"The Minnesota Muslim community condemn this attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those affected, said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. We must not let the act of one individual, no matter what his motive or background, to further divide our community or our nation."
Hussein added, we have faith in our fellow Americans to do the right thing. This is a very dangerous time to be Muslim or perceived to be Muslim in the United States, and this week must be an opportunity for all Americans to show that they can stand together against violence of all forms.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/22/2016) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called for increased protection of Muslim students in that state's schools following an incident in which an Afton Lakeland Elementary School 5th grade student allegedly brought an air pistol to school after he threatened to shoot a Somali-American Muslim 3rd grade student.
Parents of the student reported to CAIR-MN that on Friday, November 11, the 5th grader threatened to shoot the Muslim student. On Monday, November 14, the same 5th grader reportedly brought an air pistol to school. The school bus driver confiscated the air pistol and called the police.
"Thankfully, a major tragedy was averted by the quick action of the school bus driver," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We are asking all school districts across the state to step up protection for Muslim and other minority students in the wake of this incident and because of the wave of racist and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide following the November 8 election."
Hussein added that an early response to bullying incidents can prevent further harm to students.
CAIR-MN is also looking into other recent incidents involving female Muslim students who were allegedly assaulted and had their religious head scarves (hijabs) pulled in Northdale Middle School and St Louis Park High School. Students in St Louis Park reported the incident occurred on November 11 and, to date, no actions have been brought against the student who allegedly committed the assault. School officials have stated there is no evidence of the assault, even after three eyewitnesses reported the incident.