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USF students stand in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin family and rally against racism listen

04/05/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Public outcry continues as a result of the shooting of Trayvon Martin earlier this year. Yesterday, a group of USF students rallied together in solidarity with the family. They focused on broader issues of race, still prevalent in American society.

Twelve students gathered on the USF Martin Luther King Plaza, on the 44th anniversary of his assassination. The students held signs reading, “Ju...

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Muslim advocacy leader reacts to state Senator's vow to revive anti-Sharia bill listen

03/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A bill that died in the Florida legislature this year would have outlawed the use of foreign laws in courtrooms. But the bill’s sponsor has said he will reintroduce the initiative next year if he is reelected. The leader of a Muslim advocacy group isn’t happy about the message that sends.

“Shame on Mr. Hays. Shame on him for promoting division in a time when our country needs unity. Shame on him for promoting legislation that marginalizes minorities; that attacks particular faith...

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Muslim woman attacked by stun gun in Tampa listen

01/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Police have been investigating whether a shopper in Tampa hit by a stun gun was the victim of a hate crime. A Muslim woman who does not want to be identified was wearing an Indian-style dress known as a salwar was attacked Sunday at a WalMart on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. We spoke with Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Tampa Chapter of CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“She is a 62 year old American Muslim Pakistani woman who was just shopping at WalMart and unfortu...

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Muslim Legal Fund for America seeks justice for disenfranchised Americans listen

12/05/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When many Muslims-Americans are accused of heinous acts such as terrorism and aiding militant groups, some are deprived of their rights to a fair trial, and others are even held captive indefinitely in places like Guantanamo Bay. Sunday the Muslim Legal Fund for America held a benefit luncheon in Tampa. Khalil Meek is their executive director.

The Muslim Legal Fund for America (MLFA) isn’t a law firm, but it aims to...

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Advocacy group tells Muslims to know their rights when talking to police listen

10/03/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has received a startling number of complaints from members of the Muslim community claiming they have been harassed by the FBI. In a workshop yesterday residents were taught how to handle encounters with law enforcement.

Hassan Shibly, executive director for CAIR’s Tampa chapter, said harassment has always been an issue, but the frequency of Muslims being hassled by l...

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At Tampa mosque 9/11 remembrance ceremony, safe haven is created from hate and war listen

09/12/11 Atecia Robinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After September 11th some Christians and Muslims viewed each other as the enemy. But on Saturday people of these two world religions gathered at the Islamic Community of Tampa’s mosque in Temple Terrace to pay tribute to the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks.

In a small worship space at the end of a tiny road lies a family of Muslims that welcomes other faiths. But after the September 11th attacks, Muslims were not as welcomed by some Americans. [Hassan Shibly...

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ACLU of Florida wants records on FBI racial and ethnic profiling listen

07/27/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is the FBI keeping records about your race or ethnicity? The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is concerned enough that it filed Freedom of Information Act requests today. The ACLU of Florida filed FOIA requests with the FBI field offices in Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville to find out how the law enforcement agency collects, uses, and maps racial and ethnic data.

ACLU branches in other states are also filing similar FOIA requests.

Muslima Lewis is senior staff attorney with the ...

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Attorney General chided over screening of film

02/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Attorney General Bill McCollum met behind closed doors earlier this week with Muslim leaders angry over his having shown a film to employees during office hours that the officials called "anti-Muslim propaganda."

The film, called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West and it features prominent spokesmen derided by American muslims, such as Steven Emerson, Daniel Pipes and John Loftus.

One of those who attended the meeting was Ahmed Bedier, from the Tampa office of the Council...

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Muslim job applicant victim of discrimination? listen

02/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Tampa man applied for a job online but was surprised from the one-word response he received from the company.

Ali Matallah, 32, is originally from Morocco but and is a permanent resident of the United States. When he responded to an ad for a security guard job through the website Craigslist, the email response he received from St. Moritz Security Services was simply, “terrorist.”

Ahmed Bedier is executive director of the Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (...

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