(INKSTER, MI 11/11/14) – On Wednesday, November 12, the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-Michigan (ADC-MI) will hold a joint news conference in Inkster, Mich. to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against Advance America Cash Advance for denying a Muslim and Arab-American woman money order services at one of its locations.
 
At the time of the press conference, a video clip of the incident will be made available.
 
WHAT:  Press Conference to Announce Lawsuit Against Advance America Cash Advance
 
WHERE:  Advance America, 27353 Cherry Hill Rd, Inkster, MI 48141
 
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 12, 10 a.m.
 
CONTACT:  CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com; CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: lmasri@cair.com; ADC Michigan Director Fatina Abdrabboh, 313-510-5832, E-Mail: Fatina@adc.org; Akeel & Valentine, PLC Attorney Shereef Akeel, 248-269-9595, E-Mail: shereef@akeelvalentine.com
 
“Advance America Cash Advance's policy of not serving Muslim and Arab-American women that wear the hijab, or religious head covering, is outrageous and should not be tolerated in a civilized society,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri.
 
"There should be no place in America today for bigotry of this magnitude,” said ADC-MI Director Fatina Abdrabboh.  “We must not allow intolerance to dictate the course of how Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans are serviced.  Sometimes the courts are the best option to make sure our community is protected from all forms of discrimination."
 
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.
 
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is the nation's largest Arab-American grassroots organization and is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Arab-Americans and promoting their rich cultural heritage
 
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, E-Mail: lmasri@cair.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, or 202-488-8787, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com; ADC Executive Director Fatina Abdrabboh, 313-510-5832, E-Mail: Fatina@adc.org; Akeel & Valentine, PLC Attorney Shereef Akeel, 248-269-9595, E-Mail: shereef@akeelvalentine.com

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