Coalition for Fairness & Equality (CoFFE) Will Host Forum at 6 pm

A city hall square rally in Wilton Manors will proceed as scheduled tonight without Congressman Allen West, whose staff declined the invitation for him to openly address the Wilton Manors business community.

Nevertheless, a group of concerned citizens, ‘The Coalition for Fairness and Equality (CoFFE)’, will proceed at six pm with an open forum entitled 'Allen West: In His Own Words.'

Stated organizer Miriam Richter, a Fort Lauderdale attorney, "We have just been informed by Congressman West’s office that he has declined our invitation. Considering that up until Monday he was booked for an appearance in Wilton Manors at the same time and place, and that we extended our invitation within three days of his cancellation, I find it informative that he is ignoring his constituent’s request to hear from him personally."

Added former Fort Lauderdale city commissioner, Dean Trantalis, "I guess he is not the warrior he claims to be. Since the Congressman will not be there, we will be providing you with excerpts from previous public statements that he has made."

"We need to send a very loud and clear message to our elected officials that they need to recognize the individual composition of their constituency and that making blanket discriminatory statements about a group is unacceptable," stated a release by CoFFE organizers.

The public forum and rally will be held on August 8 at 6 pm, at City Hall Square, 2200 Wilton Drive, WiltonManors, FL 33305.

L. Stuart Milk, a founding member of CoFFE, president of the Harvey Milk Foundation and the nephew of the late San Francisco gay rights activist, Harvey Milk, will speak at the event since he has become an activist in his own right and maintains a South Florida residence. Veterans and other community groups will be represented this evening.

For further information, contact Norm Kent, 954 530 4970