On Saturday, March 6, the Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) will hold a news conference to mark the grand opening of its new Tampa affiliate. CAIR-Tampa will assist the local Muslim community in dealing with issues related to political participation, the protection of civil rights and interfaith dialogue.

What: News Conference Followed by Grand Opening Festivities
When: March 6, Noon – 4 p.m.
Where: CAIR-Tampa, 8056 N. 56th Street, Tampa, Florida

The open house is free and open to the public. It will feature an appearance by CAIR’s national Executive Director Nihad Awad. CAIR-FL staff and board members will be present to greet open house attendees. Several elected officials and other dignitaries are also expected to take part in the open house.

“By opening an office in Tampa, CAIR strengthens its ability to empower the Florida Muslim community, defend civil rights and promote inter-religious tolerance,” said CAIR-FL Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of coordinating two offices to further the civil rights of all Floridians,” Said CAIR-FL Executive Director Altaf Ali.

“CAIR’s growth nationwide reflects a heightened awareness in the American Muslim community that social and political participation are now a necessity, not just an option,” said CAIR’s national Executive Director Nihad Awad.

Awad added that CAIR plans to open a number of other offices around America in the coming year.

CAIR-Tampa will be the second office of CAIR-FL and will join 25 other offices and chapters the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group has nationwide and in Canada. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group.


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