CAIR - Florida
The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, Inc. (CAIR Florida, Inc.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 2001 to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims and defend civil liberties. CAIR Florida Inc, has four offices: Tampa, South-Florida (Sunrise), Orlando, and Panama City, Florida.
The vast majority of CAIR Florida's work deals with civil rights and anti-defamation. CAIR Florida has consistently won praise from elected officials and the media for its tenacious efforts to combat both discrimination against Muslims and Islamphobia.
CAIR Florida's vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.
CAIR Florida's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
Florida Immigrant Coalition October 13 2018:
Good conversation tonight with CAIR - Florida, The New Florida Majority and the ACLU of Florida on what advocacy means in these difficult times. — with Tomas Kennedy and Dwight Bullard at Islamic Center of Greater Miami-Masjid Miami Gardens.
Powershift Southeast Convergence
In September 2016, Organize Florida hosted over 300 young climate activists from across the Southeast region in Orlando, Florida to take part in Power Shift Southeast - a conference that helped mobilize young people to demand that decision-makers and future leaders of our country take bold action on climate change.
The conference included several workshops and trainings led by Organize Florida members and partners from Central Florida such as Central Florida Jobs with Justice, Florida Immigrant Coalition, and CAIR - Florida. Each session focused on activism and action locally and regionally.
FLIC rally in Orlando
With DACA recipients pleading, sometimes in tears, for the right to stay in the United States where they grew up, a coalition of pro-immigration groups and Democratic lawmakers gathered on Orlando City Hall’s front steps September 2017 to denounce President Donald Trump‘s phased-out repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
At the same time, the groups and the young, undocumented immigrants called for the widespread immigration reform that Trump demanded Congress pursue with the end of DACA in sight.
They reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ announcement that the White House was ending enrollments in DACA immediately and those currently enrolled would have six months, with the challenge that Congress would pass immigration reform in that period.
While Sessions and Trump essentially set the table for full immigration reform, those gathered in Orlando offered no trust offered for them or their intentions.
“Since the administration came into office, the immigration rhetoric has been hateful. It has been divisive. And we don’t stand for it,” said Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, lead organizer and membership coordinator for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
The gathering at Orlando City Hall, organized by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, included scores of representatives of immigration groups, labor unions, Hispanic groups, CAIR - Florida, progressive groups, and Democratic state Sens. Victor Torres and Linda Stewart of Orlando, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando, and a representative of U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.
- Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director
- Nezar Hamze, Regional Operations Director
- Wilfredo Ruiz, Esq, Communications Director
- Thania Clevenger, Esq, Civil Rights Director
- Floyd Huntz, Esq., Immigration/Asylum Attorney
- Majda Rahmanovic, Events & Community Outreach Director
- Aida Mackic, Civil Rights Coordinator
- Nandee Shabazz, Community Outreach and Events Coordinator
- Hiba Rahim, CAIR-Florida Northwest Regional Coordinator
- Omar Saleh, Civil Rights Staff Attorney
- Safiah Khan, Office Administrator - S. Florida
- Iasia Ward, Law Clerk
CAIR - Florida December 3, 2016:
Prof. John L. Esposito at @CAIRFlorida 2016 Tampa Banquet. Delivering a most interesting lecture to a full 'classroom' of 500 students.
“Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.”~ Prophet Muhammad — at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens.
CAIR - Florida January 30 2018:
CAIR 2016 Youth Leadership Conference
CAIR - Florida October 19, 2016:
CAIR - Florida is excited to host White House Advisor Rumana Ahmed and Former OFA Director Sara El-Amine for the 2016 Youth Leadership Conference. The youth are our future. We must work to empower them! — with Barbara Valencia, Hassan Shibly and Wilfredo Amr Ruiz at Nur-Ul-Islam Academy.