CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Organizers of a planned protest set for Tuesday afternoon in downtown Coral Springs are young people from Coral Springs who are first-generation Americans from Pakistan, with one clear goal: inspiring all ages to stand up to injustice.
Mahek Manjiani, 19, and Shayan Shivji, 17, said they are envisioning a peaceful event at the intersection of University Drive and Sample Road, (next to Starbucks) from 2-4 pm, where hundreds will join local elected officials in condemning the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
They said they have support for the gathering from Martin Luther King Association Of Coral Springs and Coral Springs police, who have donated masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
”So one of our goals is to bring Coral Springs itself together and we wanted to see how united as a city we are,” said Manjiani, who attends Florida International University. “The support has been so overwhelming.”
Shivji is a student at City of Coral Springs Charter School.
To prepare for the event, police officials visited nearby businesses on Monday and encouraged owners and workers to take precautions on Tuesday.
Manjiani stressed the event is not a march, but rather a protest on spot where people will be encouraged to speak their feelings and listen to a panel of speakers including Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, City Commissioner Joshua Simmons, Florida Rep. Dan Daley, and Coral Springs commission candidate Nancy Metayer, as well as representatives of MLK Association.
The idea for the gathering came while Manjiani and Shivji watched the rallies across South Florida.
“I really wanted to attend a protest in Miami, and we wanted to go to the Fort Lauderdale one, but we were like why do we have to travel there when we can have one here in our own city,” Manjiani said.
“This is our home, and we wanted our city to have a voice in this. We wanted to be in the city that wants a change,” she said.
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