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CAIR-Florida Welcomes City of Miami Resolution Condemning Hate-Speech and Islamophobia

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(Miami, FL, 10/14/2016) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today welcomes the passage of a resolution condemning hate speech and violence directed at Muslims by the Miami City Commission. By passing this resolution, the Miami City Commission sends a sincere and strong message challenging xenophobia, bigotry, and reaffirms the city’s commitment to all its residents. The resolution passed unanimously. 

The resolution commits the city of Miami to:

“Condemning hate speech and violence directed at Muslims, expressing solidarity with Muslims and all those targeted for their ethnicity, race or religion; reaffirming the City of Miami’s commitment to pursuing policies that affirm civil and human rights of all individuals and ensures that those targeted on the basis of race, religion, or immigration status can turn to government without fear of recrimination.” 

The passage of this resolution by the City of Miami follows the passage of a similar resolution by the Lake Worth City Commission in July of this year and both come at a time when Florida has seen an extreme rise in hate crimes and hate incidents targeting Muslim Americans. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, the Muslim community has unfortunately witnessed the burning and vandalization of mosques and Islamic centers, armed anti-Islam rallies, “Muslim-free-zones” at private businesses, and a sharp increase in the bullying of Muslim youth and hate incidents targeting community members. 

Nezar Hamze, Executive Director of Operations for CAIR-FL applauds “the political courage the City of Miami exhibited today by passing this historic resolution, especially resolution sponsor Commissioner Ken Russell.”

“In a year where the American Muslim community has been victim to a record number of hate crimes, The City of Miami’s commitment and reassurance to the Muslim community is heartwarming.”

In 2010, there were between 14,000 and 20,000 Muslims living in Miami already. Today, there are approximately 27 mosques and Islamic centers in Miami and approximately 55 mosques and Islamic centers throughout South Florida. With this resolution, the growing Muslim community of South Florida can pray without fear and be proud of their city for reaffirming the city’s commitment to the civil rights and civil liberties of all people, regardless of faith, ethnicity, or race.

CAIR-FL encourages other local governments to follow the Lake Worth City Commission and the Miami City Commission’s historic example. 

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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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

See resolution: City_of_Miami_Resolution_-_Islamophobia___13Oct16.pdf

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