The Muslim families rallying in support of the new Qur’an school seemed to swallow up the opposition that night in 2013.
Hundreds of adults and children overflowed the Blaine City Council Chambers, with school supporters stepping up to the podium to talk about the American values of family and freedom. It worked: The council approved the new school, even though more than 80 neighbors had signed a petition opposing it.
As the Muslim community grows in Twin Cities suburbs, community organizers have proved astute at navigating local politics. They have mobilized supporters to win backing for schools and mosques and to challenge bias. And they’ve made powerful allies, including U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger and Gov. Mark Dayton.
In the past two years, new mosques have been approved in St. Anthony and Rosemount. The Qur’an school opened in Blaine. And in Columbia Heights, community members recently mobilized to protest comments allegedly made by a school board member.
“It’s a really conscious effort,” said Amber Michel, a Muslim community organizer. “Experience forces us to organize better and mobilize people more effectively. After a couple of really, really negative experiences, we just approach it differently. There is always a building of community support first.”
“It does matter when you show up in larger numbers,” Syed said. “That builds up the pressure and the support.”
In Columbia Heights, community members made calls, e-mailed and knocked on doors to bolster attendance at a recent school board meeting. There, hundreds demanded that board member Grant Nichols resign because of anti-Muslim comments attributed to him on social media. Nichols, who has said someone hacked into his account, could not be reached for comment.
Blaine Qur’an school leaders regularly invite the mayor and police chief to dinner. “We had a good talk. We had good food with them,” said Mayor Tom Ryan.
Now, when he sees someone from the school at the grocery store, they exchange greetings, he said.
They like when you bend over backwards for them, enforce the sharia and let them Islamize the country. They don’t want to assimilate. Oh, and the article failed to mention that Minnesota is the leading state for Muslim terrorists in the U.S.
Good people. Like this Minneapolis Muslim who brutally raped a 10-year-old girl, or this Minnesota Muslim – who refused to let 16-year-old girl off bus, solicits sex from her.
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