In the wake of 2024 SOFLO Muslim Conference cancellation by Marriott Coral Springs, Muslim community leaders have been holding meetings with leaders and community representatives at various levels to express their disappointment at the hateful allegations levelled against the Muslim Community. In this regard, SFL Muslim Federation leaders met with elected officials on Sunday January 14 in Coral Springs. Federation leaders presented their point of view and what the conference is all about and what it means for the community. The elected officials in attendance expressed their support and condemned hate and harassment against any community. Among them was also Laurie Isacowitz Plotnick, who had posted a SM message in support of SOFLO Muslim Conference cancellation. Following Sunday’s meeting, she posted another message expressing her condemnation of false and hateful messages being shared without verification. She also hoped that in future communities can worked together. Read her full message here.

Elected officials present at the meeting included:

  • Dotie Joseph, FL State Rep
  • Anthony Caggiano, Margate City Commissioner
  • Laurie Isacowitz Plotnick, Former Legislative Aide-State Representative Rick Stark at State Legislature (Florida)
  • Sheila McCormick’s Staffer, Franklin Johnson, US Congress
  • Orly Lopez, Miami Dade Police Hate Task Force
  • Grace Carrington, DNC State Committeewoman
  • Terrie Rizzo, Former Florida Democractic Party Chair/ Former Palm Beach Democratic Party Chair
  • Paul Namphy, Family Action Network Movement, and
  • Winnie Tang, Vice President, Asian American Federation of Florida.

Muslim community leaders in attendance included Samir Kakli, Imam Azhar Subedar, Naima Khan-Ghany, Muqtadir Naeem, Corey Shearer, Hesham Ali, Junaid Akhter, Bassem AlHalabi, Abdul Rauf Khan, Meer Hossain, Abbas Hachem, Syeda Baig, Noman Qureshi, Asad Siddiqui and several others.

See pictures from the meeting below: