CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid and CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri met with United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade today regarding an upcoming final administrative meeting regarding zoning for the Michigan Islamic Academy in Pittsfield Township.
On August 4th, the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission rejected a zoning request from the Islamic school in part by substantial community opposition. CAIR-MI previously wrote a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) asking them to monitor this case due to derogatory comments made about the religious practices of Muslims during a commission meeting on June 16.
CAIR-MI requested US Attorney McQuade for the DOJ to monitor the upcoming and final administrative of Pittsfield Township, which will be held on October 26th to investigate if the township violated the Religious Institutions Land Use Protection Act if the school is denied zoning.
CAIR-MI is also exploring civil legal action against the township if zoning to the Islamic school is denied.