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    Posted: 06 November 2008 at 4:32am


(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 11/5/08) The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today congratulated State Representative-elect Rashida Tlaib who will be the first Muslim female elected to the Michigan State Legislature.

Tlaib, a Detroit native of Palestinian heritage, was elected as State Representative in Michigan’s 12th legislative district, which is located in a predominately Latino community in Southwest Detroit.

In a statement, CAIR-MI) said:

“CAIR-MI congratulates Representative-elect Tlaib on her historic win in Tuesday’s election. We view her victory as a sign that Michigan Muslims are welcomed as a part of our state’s multi-faith and multi-ethnic society.”

Tlaib, an immigration attorney, has been worked as a community activist and public servant for years, previously serving as Advocacy Coordinator for Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and staff member for Majority Floor Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives Steve Tobocman.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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