Saturday, February 25, 2012



CAIR-MI to File Suit Over Zoning Denial for Islamic School

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 2/21/2012) ­- On Wednesday, February 22, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against Pittsfield Township over its denial of zoning for an Islamic school.

CAIR-MI: Lawsuit Planned Over Proposed Mich. Islamic School (AP)

WHAT: Press Conference Announcing Filing of Lawsuit Over Zoning Denial of Islamic School
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, 2 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR-MI Office, 21700 Northwestern Highway, Suite 815, Southfield, MI
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418,, CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,

CAIR-MI’s press conference will be available to be viewed live-streaming here.

In October 2011, the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees denied a land use variance request by the Michigan Islamic Academy (MIA), even though the school met every requirement put forth by the township's planning commission to qualify. That action was an apparent violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act (RLUIPA).

SEE: Michigan Islamic Academy Vows Litigation After Pittsfield Township Rejects Rezoning For School (

A representative from MIA will join CAIR-MI officials at the press conference.

CAIR 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail:, CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail:; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

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