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The joint general meeting on May 25 with the Florida Muslim Bar Association and the Anti-Defamation League evoked honest and lively discussion about ways to quash religious intolerance and racial discrimination.
The meeting ended with a call to action for everyone to challenge the increasingly xenophobic political environment. The meeting minutes are included below.




CARIBBEAN BAR ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 25, 2017 - JOINT MEETING WITH THE FLORIDA MUSLIM BAR ASSOCIATION

I.	Call to Order: 6:32 p.m. by Devona
	A.	Present: (Board) Devona, Niyala, Charise, Jamel, Serena
II.	Moment of Silence in remembrance of the passing of Beranton Whisenant, Jr., Esq. 

III.	Devona - Announcements and Welcome; recognition of past presidents 
		Sherelle Francis and Annika Ashton; recognition of board members

IV.	Committee Reports -- 
	A.	Mentoring and Scholarship Committee / Young Lawyer Section
		i.	Devona recognized the scholarship recipients
	B.	Membership and Professional Development- Niyala
		i.	Encouragement for membership, and welcome to guests
	C.	Judicial Diversity Incentive/JNC -Devona
		i.	Devona explained the purpose of the JDI and introduced 
			Annika as a founder of the initiative; she also encouraged
			the FMBA to get involved
		ii.	FMBA member and soon to be CBA member, Christopher Benjamin 
			(former Wilkie D Ferguson and FMBA president) announced that he is 
			considering running in 2018; CBA member H. James Curry gave his 
			experience as having applied to the JNC and run for election)
V.	Program
	A.	FMBA President Faequa Khan gave introductions and welcome
	B.	All guests and members introduced themselves and talked about their practices
	C.	Presentation and Discussion - Solutions for Tolerance and Inclusiveness
	in an Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Muslim and Anti-Semitic Climate
		Panelists: Yasir Billoo, Esq., Florida Muslim Bar Association
		Lonny Wilk, Anti-Defamation League, Associate Regional Director	
		Moderated by: Niyala Harrison, Esq
		1.	Lonny presented the history of the hate crimes and legislation; 
			Yasir opened the discussion for finding solutions
		2.	Members and guests asked questions about making the South Florida 
			community more inclusive, religious education, community tolerance, and 
			multi-faith organizations in which people can get involved.
		3.	Certain mosques have open houses on Ramadan which invite guests to observe, 
			eat dinner, and ask questions during the holiday
		4.	Broward County declared May to be Muslim heritage month. Miramar has declared June the same.

VI.	Next Board Meeting - June 5 2017 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


Dear CBA Members and Supporters,

The Caribbean Bar Association is a voluntary bar organization whose mission is to inform, educate and empower all members of the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida, and provide support of legal initiatives affecting Caribbean countries. The CBA is heavily involved in civic engagement and regularly collaborates with local civic groups and organizations on educational events and activities.

The Caribbean Bar Association continues to support Food for the Poor in its noble initiative to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. You, your firm, or your organization are encouraged to make financial donations to the hurricane relief effort directly to Food for the Poor through their website at https://champions.foodforthepoor.org/fundraise?fcid=796898

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The dues schedule is as follows:

Regular Members admitted to the Bar: less than 1 year: Free; more than l year but less than 5 yrs: $75.00 (Government lawyers: $50.00); more than 5 yrs but less than 7yrs: $100.00 (Government lawyers: $75.00); and more than 7 yrs: $125.00 (Government lawyers: $100.00).

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