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CAIR -Florida to Join Tampa Bay's Vigil in Front of Confederate Monument Condemning Terror Attack on Va

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CAIR -Florida to Join Tampa Bay's Vigil in Front of Confederate Monument Condemning Terror Attack on Va. Anti-Racist Rally, Decries Trump's 'Failure of Moral Leadership'
 
  
(Tampa, Fla., 8/13/2017) The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today is joining Florida community members at the soon-to-be-relocated Confederate Monument on Pierce Street in downtown Tampa, to speak out in righteous indignation against the terror attack on anti-racist protesters at a gathering of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other racists in Charlottesville, Virginia. CAIR-Florida also demands Hillsborough County Commissioners honor the vote to relocate the Tampa Confederate Monument, one of Florida's shameful shrines to white supremacy.
 
Hundreds of racists from around the nation attended the "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday, to challenge the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. One person was killed and at least 26 were injured when a car drove into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the racist rally. Earlier Saturday, President Trump blamed "many sides" for the violence between the anti-racist protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville and failed to specifically repudiate the white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK who organized the "Unite the Right" rally.

This evening, Sunday, August 13 beginning at 7:00PM at the soon-to-be-relocated Confederate Monument on Pierce Street in downtown Tampa, CAIR-Florida together with scores of community members, clergy and faith leaders, grassroots activists and members of Tampa DSA and Tampa IWW -- whose members were among those killed and injured by far-right racist extremists in Charlottesville -- will gather to speak out in righteous indignation against these shocking acts of violence and the so-called "alt-right" demonstrations over the weekend, against the rising tide of authoritarian nationalism emboldened by the Trump campaign and presidency, and for a vision of a just, welcoming Florida with justice and security for all. 

WHO: CAIR-Florida, Grassroots activists, Community members and families, Members of Organizations of the killed and injured in Charlottesville, Clergy and Faith Leaders

WHAT: SPEAK OUT AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

WHEN: Sunday, August 13, 7:30PM

WHERE: Confederate Monument, Downtown Tampa, 419 Pierce St.
 
In a statement, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly said:
"We condemn this act of domestic terrorism. The attack in Virginia was an unlawful use of force and violence against persons to intimidate or coerce the civilian population in furtherance of political or social objectives, in this case, the cause of white supremacists and racists. Above all this is an aggression against our most cherished American values. We strongly denounce the President's lack of leadership failing to appropriately call and condemn this disgraceful coward act of  terror."
 
 http://time.com/4898272/donald-trump-charlottesville-violence-rally 
 
SEE: CAIR Condemns Planned White Supremacist Rally in Virginia, Urges Rejection of Confederate Memorials Nationwide
 
 http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/nation-world/article/American-mosques-and-American-Muslims-are-11742354.php   
 
 
The Florida-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 813-514-1414. 
   
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical "know your rights" information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
 
For a quick download of CAIR's civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app    
 
CAIR-Florida is the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
 
La misión de CAIR-Florida es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
 
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CONTACT: 
CAIR-Florida's Youth and Interfaith Programs Coordinator Aida Mackic, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 515.745.5142
CAIR-Florida's Communications Director, Wilfredo A. Ruiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 305.502.6749