Many good-hearted people bemoan the deterioration of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims since 9/11, but CAIR MN is actually doing the hard work of repairing the relationship. Through their work on various projects and organizations, their leadership reached out to mainstream institutions and donated their time and money to
constructively enhance Muslims and people of other faiths to work together. Through their leadership, I have seen many Muslim youth now lead in opening other organizations as well as leading
projects to contribute to a better Minnesota.
I was invited to many such forums and was impressed by the level of
organization, hard work and professionalism within the meetings. We recently had a forum with Law Enforcement and it was amazing to see many Muslim and Somali leaders address their concerns to Law Enforcement officials to understand how to secure our country as well as protect our civil rights. Such meetings in the political climate are very hard to arrange and facilitate.
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The community now turns to them for problems. When problems arise in our community - they have developed a trust with the community and the system to effectively bring about a solution. Some examples is the anti-Shariah bill by working with a coalition of interfaith partners. And recently - leading the community when hate crimes occur to respond by working with law enforcement effectively.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The organization seeks out input and wisdom from the community. So it is an open organization for voices to contribute their ideas. We are always given out opinions and ideas and that is important. So I would not change a thing.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
How did you learn about this organization?
I know the people personally and worked with them on various projects that helped to lead youth to effective leadership and social skills.
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
What is its top priority in the long run?
Financially independent and running various projects and committees to build the community to counter Islamophobia and effectively deal with hate crimes and civil rights.