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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
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Islamophobia in the US:
Michigan Hearing Scheduled in Suit Over Border Questioning of Muslims,
CAIR-MN Asks DOE to Investigate Video of Altercation Between Teacher,
CAIR-MN Asks DOE to
Investigate Video of Altercation Between Teacher, Student
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/28/13)
Hearing Scheduled in Suit Over Border Questioning of
On Wednesday, May 29,
CAIR-Michigan will hold a news conference in Detroit
prior to a hearing on a federal lawsuit against U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the FBI over the
repeated detention and questioning of Muslims about
their religious beliefs and practices by federal agents
at and inside the United States-Canada border and other
ports of entry.
Michigan Muslim Capitol Day Returns to Lansing
American Muslim Woman
Female-Only Swims Take Heat
Critics charge the
concept, geared to cultures and religions that
forbid mixed-gender pool outings, is everything from
sexist to an attempt by Muslims to bring in Sharia
law via the back door.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the
U.S. Department of Education to investigate a violent
altercation in a classroom between a teacher and Somali
Anoka-Hennepin Investigating Classroom Altercation (MPR)
Champlin Park Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student
Concerned Somali community members reported the incident
to CAIR-MN after two videos were posted online. In the first
video, a student is seen approaching the Somali student and
violently attacking him after a verbal altercation. In the
second video, a teacher appears to grab the Somali student
by the throat, choke him, and twist his limbs. In that
video, a student watching the ordeal is heard saying to the
teacher, "Thatís enough, Mr. Hall" in an attempt to stop
Video II"Due to the egregious nature of this
incident, we are asking the U.S. Department of Education to
conduct a swift, open and independent investigation," said
CAIR-MN Executive Director
"A determination must be made as to whether the teacher
followed protocol and if he used excessive force during this
violent altercation."Saroya said that Minnesota
law states that any "unreasonable interference with a
childís breathing" cannot be considered reasonable force.
Minn. Stat 626.556 Sub. 2 (g) (5)Last
year, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) reached a
federal agreement with Owatonna and St. Cloud Public Schools
after CAIR-MN asked for an investigation into the harassment
of Somali Muslim students.
CAIR-MN Asks DOE to Address Racial Tensions in Minn. Schools
In 2012, the Anoka-Hennepin School District settled
two lawsuits and a U.S. Department of Justice investigation
into the bullying of students after six district students
committed suicide in less than two years.
Anoka-Hennepin School District Settles Lawsuits Over Gay
Bullying, Gender Neutral PolicyIn
February 2013, CAIR-MN called on Minneapolis South High
School to utilize mediation and multi-cultural competency
training to help remedy race-related issues at the school
after a brawl reportedly between Somali and African-American
students erupted at the school.
Food Fight Erupts Into Melee
January 2013, African-American students reported feeling
unsafe at Washburn High School after a hate incident
involving a dark-skinned doll that was hung by a string at
Activists want disclosure in Mpls. Washburn High doll
is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy
organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of
Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower
American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice
and mutual understanding.
CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori
firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,
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