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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at CAIR has been a wonderful experience, the staff welcomed me and I began to learn so much about the great activism CAIR completes and about the Muslim community as a whole. The staff here are constantly working hard for the rights of all people in the community and hoping to educate everyone they meet. They are always welcoming and passionately committed to helping all those in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a community leader in Mankato Minnesota, I call on CAIR every time there is a Civil Rights discrimination case in my community and I have never been disappointed, either CAIR provided consultation on how to approach the issue, or they provide free legal representation to right the social wrongs of our community. We definitely need a CAIR branch office in Mankato to access the service locally. Keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first worked with CAIR-MN, I thought it would be just another job. I did not realize how very active CAIR-MN is active in the community, the Twin Cities, and even all around the state. Plus, I felt like I was home. Great staff, terrific leadership, and I hope much success to come under the new Executive Director.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

CAIR MN has done very beneficial work for the community. They have helped to organize many events that teach and train the Muslim community to work with the system and be an citizen that works to build and nurture the greater community. The board is a very professional board and the employees are very skilled and qualified group. I am extremely impressed by their work and their team.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The people who run CAIR MN are upcoming leaders who work very hard to lead Muslims in Minnesota to work with the system to deal with civil rights issues and discrimination.

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.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

An amazing group of young people making a huge difference and making America and MN a better place for everyone.

These are the new Rosa Parks and new MLKs, & other amazing figures who stood up to bigotry, challenged racism and made America better.

Kudos to the volunteers and staff for standing up for Equality and LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
This is what America is all about.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the social services sector for more than 15 years and have rarely encountered an organization that is as effective as CAIR-MN at bringing the highest quality legal and advocacy services to some of the most vulnerable populations of people in our communities.

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!

Asma S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.”

Donor

Rating: 3

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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CAIR-MN 02/10/2014

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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CAIR-MN 02/10/2014

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my brief volunteer stint with CAIR-MN, I watched them do great social justice and anti-discrimination work. They were tireless, and they achieved amazing things with very limited resources. If you are opposed to discrimination of any sort, this is an organization worth supporting.

Tiffany X.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAIR is a spectacular nonprofit organization with staff, interns and volunteers that are truly passionate and dedicated to what they do. CAIR as a whole is a "community connecter" that works tirelessly to give voice to people, bridge cultural differences, protect and strengthen civil liberties for all Americans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Year in and year out CAIR is recognized for its efforts to help protect civil liberties here in Minnesota. This can only be attributed to the tireless efforts of those that volunteer and work at CAIR. They work to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with CAIR MN as an events coordinator intern for three months now. The ground that CAIR MN has covered in such a short time is really amazing. The best thing is that it allows everyone a platform to have a voice, helps in bridging cultural differences and stand up for the rights of those who are unable to do themselves.

The success stories of CAIR MN really speaks for itself and I feel very fortunate to be a part of CAIR MN.