From our member CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN):

You may have heard the news reports about the story of Asma Jama, a 39-year-old Somali American woman who was assaulted in a local Applebees by a white woman who was upset with Jama for speaking Swahili.

CAIR-MN advocated for Jama by calling for hate-crime charges to be filed against Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch, the 43-year-old white woman who attacked Jama with a beer mug and caused Jama to receive 15 stitches on her face.

The incident caused Ms. Jama severe psychological trauma, and yet she courageously forgave Ms. Burchard-Risch during her court sentencing.

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