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Hundreds of Floridians representing 15 Muslim and other Organizations will be in Tallahassee for Florida Muslim Capitol Day: Criminal Justice Reform, School Safety, and Free Medical Clinics Funding on their agenda

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(Tallahassee, FL, 2/5/2020) - Over 200 Floridians, 15 organizations – including CAIR-Florida – will participate in the 2020 Florida Muslim Capitol Day (FMCD) event. Participants will be conducting meetings with Florida senators and representatives on Wednesday, February 5th.
 
The 2020 FMCD comprises a coalition of various Muslim and other organizations, institutions, mosques, schools, community centers, immigrant organizations, professionals, and individuals including: Emgage Florida, CAIR-Florida, South Florida Muslim Federation, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Muslims For Democracy and Fairness (MDF), American Muslim Democratic Caucus, ICNA Relief, Helping Hands, Friends of Humanity, New Florida Minority, Islamic Foundation of South Florida, Islamic Relief USA,  Ar-Ryan Academy, Penny Appeal, Basmah Foundation, and several other community partners.
 
Vetnah Monessar, Emgage Florida Executive Director stated, “As we continue these efforts, we look forward to shaping a culture of engagement and civic activism throughout the Muslim community and other communities that are frequently the subject of prejudice and infrequently called upon to share their side.”
 
This year’s event carries important items in the agenda. CAIR-Florida’s North Regional Office coordinator, Hiba Rahim, stated, “This legislative session, we are pleased to see bi-partisan bills on criminal justice reform. We will be advocating for bills related to gain-time as well as those rectifying our broken system of mandatory minimums.” With regard to other relevant issues impacting Muslim communities across Florida, Rahim added, “We will be addressing with our legislators the need for security funding that will help protect our mosques and Islamic schools from the increased attacks recent years have seen.”
 
Among the participants are Florida middle and high school students. “The 2020 Capitol Day is meaningful and relevant to me as it prepares us for stronger civic and political engagement.” “In my case, school safety is an important priority,” said Rayan Birjas, a 9th grade student from Bayan Academy in Tampa who is participating in this year’s Florida Muslim Capitol Day.
 
There are opportunities for elected officials to participate and have media coverage:
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 9:00 a.m. - Welcome address by Vetnah Monessar at the Florida Education Association FEA Building, 213 S Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Walking and interviewing with groups meeting with their legislators
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 1:30 p.m. - Press Conference, Second Floor, Tallahassee Capitol Building
 
CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR-Florida es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
 
CONTACT:
Vetnah Monessar, Executive Director Emgage Florida, 407.616.2794, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ameer Mansour, Exec. Director Muslims For Democracy and Fairness - MDF Tampa, 813.355.6991, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CAIR-Florida's Northwest Regional Coordinator, Hiba Rahim, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 850.890.2627