Cair-Minnesota

Rating: 4.84 stars   38 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Race

Location: 2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 407 Minneapolis MN 55413 USA

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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR-MN provides the most needed service of representation to Muslims and others who need help when they are being discriminated because of religion or because being member of a Minority Group. CAIR-MN not only provides the representation but also provides the Education so these discrimination does not happen again and again.

Keep up the great work CAIR-MN!!!!

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Rating: 3 stars  

CAIR has been wonderful in their fund raising however, CAIR never seems to address the women discrimination that is inherent in Sharia law. Until CAIR publically denounces Sharia, MN Muslims will never bee taken seriously for social change. We can not applaud CAIR when they refuse to speak out on the atrocities of women in other Islamic countries. Stoning gays, female genital mutilation, child brides pre-arranged and even worse, the ignoring of the numerous Honor Killings we have seen in the USA_ these are topics that CAIR has not, or will not address in MN. MN Muslims expect more. MN Muslims can not be respected by their infidel neighbors when these Sharia Law sanctioned atrocities are ignored in the press by MN CAIR.

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I would hope CAIR rallies all MN Muslims to speak out against Hamas, Al Quida and all other terrorist groups acting in the name of Islam. The Amerians will never sit still when another attack happens in their land. They will ask,"where was CAIR, to speak out against these that threaten our new homeland, the USA?"

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CAIR-MN (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

CAIR-MN unequivocally condemns terrorism and terrorist organizations. Any action that harms innocent civilians is reprehensible and deserves condemnation. CAIR-MN condemns terrorism whenever it happens, wherever it happens, and whoever commits it.

CAIR-MN is not an international human rights organization. It is a civil rights and legal advocacy organization for Muslims and other racial, religious and ethnic minorities in the state of Minnesota.

In 2012, CAIR-MN handled nearly 200 cases, including school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile. The majority of the cases involved employment discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and firing, hostile work environments, and denial of religious accommodations.

CAIR-MN functions on a basic premise: that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. This includes the employees who were called “terrorists” and “monkeys” at work and fired when they complained about the hostile environment; the Muslim students who were bullied and had pork thrown at them at school; the imam whose mosque window was shattered twice in two weeks; the woman who was fired after she chose to wear a religious headscarf; the Jewish student who failed a college exam because she had to miss class for a religious holiday; the American citizen stranded abroad after his hajj trip because he was unlawfully denied a boarding pass; and others.

In post-911 America, fear and hatred of Muslims is prevalent. International events directly affect American Muslims, who face harassment, bias, discrimination, and hate in the workplace, at school, and in the community.

There is an unprecedented opportunity to balance public discourse and empower the Minnesota Muslim community to engage their neighbors, employers and elected officials. CAIR-MN’s “Know Your Rights” training has reached over 30,000 Minnesotans since 2007. Through its “Positive Interactions” employer training module, CAIR-MN has trained nearly every corporation in Minnesota. CAIR-MN regularly offers CLEs on’ Understanding Your Muslim Clients and Colleagues” and presents at numerous conferences throughout the state.

There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local newsmedia. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, named the 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year, selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council “What Works.” Recently, CAIR-MN received the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for “making a difference through pro bono work.”

American Muslims are going through challenging times. In our nation’s history, we have seen other minority groups treated the same way — and it could be a new group in the future. So we’re not just advocating for Minnesota Muslims, we work to protect the rights that many Americans have sacrificed their lives for.

CAIR-MN (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

CAIR-MN unequivocally condemns terrorism and terrorist organizations. Any action that harms innocent civilians is reprehensible and deserves condemnation. CAIR-MN condemns terrorism whenever it happens, wherever it happens, and whoever commits it.

CAIR-MN is not an international human rights organization. It is a civil rights and legal advocacy organization for Muslims and other racial, religious and ethnic minorities in the state of Minnesota.

In 2012, CAIR-MN handled nearly 200 cases, including school bullying and harassment, land use opposition, hate crimes and vandalism, racial and religious profiling, and extra-judicial exile. The majority of the cases involved employment discrimination, including discrimination in hiring and firing, hostile work environments, and denial of religious accommodations.

CAIR-MN functions on a basic premise: that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. This includes the employees who were called “terrorists” and “monkeys” at work and fired when they complained about the hostile environment; the Muslim students who were bullied and had pork thrown at them at school; the imam whose mosque window was shattered twice in two weeks; the woman who was fired after she chose to wear a religious headscarf; the Jewish student who failed a college exam because she had to miss class for a religious holiday; the American citizen stranded abroad after his hajj trip because he was unlawfully denied a boarding pass; and others.

In post-911 America, fear and hatred of Muslims is prevalent. International events directly affect American Muslims, who face harassment, bias, discrimination, and hate in the workplace, at school, and in the community.

There is an unprecedented opportunity to balance public discourse and empower the Minnesota Muslim community to engage their neighbors, employers and elected officials. CAIR-MN’s “Know Your Rights” training has reached over 30,000 Minnesotans since 2007. Through its “Positive Interactions” employer training module, CAIR-MN has trained nearly every corporation in Minnesota. CAIR-MN regularly offers CLEs on’ Understanding Your Muslim Clients and Colleagues” and presents at numerous conferences throughout the state.

There has been a tremendous growth of CAIR-MN’s name and reputation in the community since its founding. Each year, CAIR-MN appears over 115 times in local newsmedia. CAIR-MN was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times, received the 2011 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits, named the 2012 CAIR Chapter of the Year, selected for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ 2013 "Nonprofits to Know," and featured in the Rochester Diversity Council “What Works.” Recently, CAIR-MN received the 2013 Difference Makers Award from the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for “making a difference through pro bono work.”

American Muslims are going through challenging times. In our nation’s history, we have seen other minority groups treated the same way — and it could be a new group in the future. So we’re not just advocating for Minnesota Muslims, we work to protect the rights that many Americans have sacrificed their lives for.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAIR MN is the only organization that fights hard to protect the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. They are in the forefront as well in building bridges and coalitions between the non-Muslim and Muslim members of our community.

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