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CAIR-FL: Muslims to Hold Hate Crimes Town Hall Mtg


(ORLANDO, FL, 4/18/2007) – On Saturday, April 21, the Orlando chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Orlando) will hold a public town hall meeting to raise awareness about hate crimes. Representatives from the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Melbourne Police Department, Florida Human Relations Commission, and the Muslim and interfaith communities will take part in the event.

The forum is designed to educate the public on the contributing factors and consequences of hate crimes. The Melbourne forum is in response to a shooting at the Melbourne mosque last year on the first night of worship during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Panelists will address, among other topics, the increase in anti-Muslim hate speech nationwide and concerns about its impact on the area’s growing minority population.

WHAT: A Public Town Hall Forum on Hate Crimes
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2007, 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Florida Institute of Technology, Life Sciences Building, Room 130, 150 W. University Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida

SPEAKERS: FBI Special Agent Ron Hopper, Melbourne Police Commanders Ron Bell and Jim Gibbens, Florida Human Relations Commission Community Assistance Specialist Danielle Sweat, CAIR-Orlando Executive Director Sabiha Khan, FDLE and interfaith representatives.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association at the Florida Institute of Technology, in partnership with the Florida Human Relations Commission.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

CONTACT: Sabiha Khan, 407-649-1660 or 407-473-1555, E-mail:


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