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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Race

Mission: To enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions of mutual understanding.

Results: CAIR-MN has represented over 600 cases of employment discrimination, hate crimes, and school harrassment since our doors opened in 2007. CAIR-MN holds an annual workshop, "Positive Interactions - How to Effectively Interact with your Muslim Employees. Employers and HR professionals from fortune 500 companies like General Mills, 3M and others have attended. CAIR-MN also provides individualized diversity trainings to companies. The Mayo Clinic, Ameriprise, and The YWCA are just some of our clients. Both of these trainings provide a better understanding of Islam and practices and help employers understand their legal responsibility to provide religious accommodation.

Target demographics: those who have faced racial, religious, or ethnic discrimination.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 120 clients, provided free legal advice at legal clinics to 75 people, 50 students attended the leadership program, over 200 positive media stories, and over 1000 community members have gone through media, Know Your Rights, civic engagement and Safety trainings.

Geographic areas served: Twin Cities Metro and Greater Minnesota

Programs: complaint resolution through pro bono legal aid and advocacy, media justice and balanced views, community empowerment trainings, and civic engagement.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

CAIR is simply amazing, one of the very few organizations fearlessly fighting for civil liberties at ground level.
Thank You CAIR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIR is one of the most effective organization, working on civil liberties and protecting rights of minorities in America.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIR MN has done an amazing job educating people from all walks of life about their rights as a citizen of this community and country. They work tirelessly to bridge the gap between people of various backgrounds and faiths by providing assistance wherever and whenever needed. One of their core principles is "CAIR is committed to protecting the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of faith" and that pretty much captures the essence of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIR-MN works tirelessly to advocate for communities facing illegal discrimination and marginalization from what should be democratic decision-making processes.

Glenna M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAIR-MN works hard to educate the community while also serving the Muslim population. I was very impressed with the educational program they offered to area local law enforcement members. Their undertaking to educate and improve Muslim/law enforcement relations is vital to future successful exchanges between the two groups. They are a group of dedicated individuals working hard to make Muslims a better understood community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So happy to know this nonprofit and service exists, paving the way for practical action in the way of civil rights and making it easier for all communities of people to live freely as they have a right to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with CAIR-MN as a Designer for three months now. In my time here, I have come to learn that they are so many things to the community: an affordable legal service so everyone has access to a lawyer; a source of valuable information that everyone (really, everyone!) can benefit from and utilize; an advocate and supporter to people who felt like they had no one on their side; and a huge help to the community itself, by providing positions and internships for young people to get involved in civil advocacy in a meaningful way. I personally feel very close to my work for CAIR-MN. I've had the opportunity to watch true civil advocates in action, while creating work that I'm proud of.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most professionally run Muslim organization in Minnesota. They do tremendous work and the only people who raise issues with that are the Islamophobes. No one opposes a civil rights organization unless they are a bigot.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best organization in Minnesota! Thank you for all the great work you do for the community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a lifelong campaigner against fascism and racism in Britain I have frequently found myself crossing swords with the vicious professional Islamophobes working in the USA to spread their message of hatred, not only of Muslims but of Christians like myself and of Jews. Among the worst of these is the BareNakedIslam site run by Bonni Benstock-Intall, a New York-based Holocaust denier who has called for the return of the Nazis to Germany to sort out their "Muslim problem". BNI not only encourages the mass murder of Muslims (for example in Burma and Occupied Palestine) but calls for the genital mutilation and/or public execution of "leftists". Without the work of CAIR the views of such neo-Nazi scum would be effectively unopposed within the USA. These filth like to smear CAIR as "unindicted co-conspirators" in a terrorism trial (meaning, no evidence found so not guilty) while cheerfully supporting the actual terror campaigns of the Jewish Defense League (banned by the FBI) . They call themselves "patriots" while calling for the violent overthrow of their President (elected twice by a majority of Americans) and demanding legal sanctions against Muslims and Jews because of their religion. CAIR are guardians of what is best in America against the hatred of losers jealous of the success (through hard work) of America's Muslims and Jews. They are true American patriots, and as long as CAIR are still fighting America's corner it will remain a country worth visiting. God Bless America, and God bless CAIR.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is amazing how much CAIR-MN is able to accomplish with just a small amount of resources. The impact they have around the state in the media, in trainings, and in protecting civil rights is amazing. They are tireless, passionate, and skillful advocates for fair and respectful treatment for everyone. I have watched their work from a distance and I'm also helping with some of their long-term planning. The value and impact of CAIR-MN is amazing now, but I also think they will have an even more transformative role in the future.