(TAMPA, FL 5/30/08) – On Saturday, May 31, representatives of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa), the Hillsborough/Tampa Human Rights Council, and law enforcement and ranking city officials will join members and staff of the Islamic Education Center of Tampa (IEC) at a press conference celebrating the reopening of that mosque more than a year after an arson attack destroyed it.
In mid-April of 2007, unknown vandal set the IEC mosque ablaze in what the FBI and local law enforcement officials described as an intentional arson.
SEE: Mosque Burns; Arson Suspected (St. Petersburg Times)
SEE: Islamic Center Set Afire (Tampa Tribune)
In the year since the attack, the mosque has been rebuilt with the help and support of groups and individuals of many faiths throughout the Tampa Bay area. The ceremony is intended to thank the community for its support as well as local and federal law enforcement for their continued efforts to keep the Tampa Bay community safe.
WHAT: Press Conference Celebrating the Reopening of the Islamic Education Center of Tampa
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2008, at noon
WHERE: The Islamic Education Center, 6450 Rockpointe Dr., Tampa, FL (813-884-0847).
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Tampa Communications Coordinator Donnie Ali, Tel: 727-564-4590, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR-Tampa Civil Rights Coordinator Ramzy Kilic, Tel: 813-766-2745, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org