Unrest over a Muslim prayer issue and allegations of discrimination have drawn a visit to the state by regional members of a Muslim advocacy group.
Chicago-based representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations arrived in Grand Island on Tuesday. Civil Rights Director Christina Abraham says many Somali people are leaving or considering leaving the central Nebraska community following a dispute at the JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant. Many were fired after repeatedly walking off the job last month as they pushed for accommodations to pray at sunset.
Abraham says her group planned the trip to get information to those people, including making sure they know how to file claims with the Equal Opportunity Commission.