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(ATLANTA, GA - 3/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Ruwa Romman to serve as its Director of Communications starting on April 3rd. Romman is set to oversee the civil rights organization's internal and external communications, including public relations, social networking, government outreach, and fundraising appeals.
"We're beyond excited to welcome Ruwa Romman to the CAIR Georgia team as we serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "A thoughtful and driven young activist, Ruwa has developed an amazing amount of knowledge, talent and experience. We thank God for the opportunity to bring her aboard."
Romman has previously served as a development coordinator for Points of Light, a field coordinator for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project, and a marketing consultant with the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. She was also elected president of the Student Government Association during her undergraduate studies at Oglethorpe University.
Romman is the latest new staffer that CAIR Georgia has hired in 2017. Asma Elhuni now serves as CAIR Georgia's Outreach Director, overseeing collaboration with civil rights groups, political activists, and community leaders outside the Muslim community. CAIR-GA also plans to hire a staff attorney and a paralegal.
(AUGUSTA, GA - 3/3/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council-American Islamic Relations made a two-day visit to the Islamic Society of Augusta to deliver an Islam 101 presentation, a Know Your Rights seminars, and the Friday sermon during Jum'ah.
"We thank the leaders of the Islamic Society of Augusta for inviting CAIR Georgia to visit its strong and vibrant community," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
Dozens of Augusta residents attended the Islam 101 presentation, "Lifting the Veil: Rebutting Bigotry & Terrorism," which covered Muslim demographics, beliefs and practices, as well as hot topics such as the twin threats of anti-Muslim bigotry and Muslim extremism.
During the Know Your Rights presentation, CAIR-GA educated ISA members about their legal rights during traffic stops, courtroom visits, FBI interviews, and airport travel, particularly in light of President Trump's "Muslim Ban."
(WASHINGTON, DC - 3/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked Rep. Hank Johnson for inviting Asma Elhuni, CAIR-GA's outreach director, to attend President Trump's first address to Congress. Elhuni also delivered remarks to congressional Democrats during her visit to Capitol Hill.
"I am here to remind Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and every other anti-Muslim, anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee extremist that we, too, are America," Elhuni said. "Maybe not the part of America President Trump ever thinks of. Maybe not the part of America he wants to make great again. But we, too, are America."
By inviting American Musims and others who targeted by President Trump's policies over the past month, members of Congress hoped to deliver a visual rebuke to the Trump Administration.
"We thank Rep. Johnson for giving Georgia Muslims a voice on Capitol Hill, as well as for his other efforts to defend our community from discrimination and bigotry," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
When: Saturday, March 11, 3 to 6 PM, God willing
(ATHENS, GA - 2/4/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered back-to-back Islam 101 presentations at Masjid Al Huda's annual interfaith open house.
During the day-long event, over 1,000 Athens residents visited the mosque, tasting international food, touring the prayer area, listening to Quran recitation, and observing CAIR-GA's Islam 101 presentation.
The presentation included an overview of who Muslims are, what Muslims believe and what Muslims practice, followed by a Q&A session led by CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. Other speakers at the open house included Imam Dr. Adel Amer, the local mayor and the local chief of police.
(CLARKSTON, GA - 4/27/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today spoke at a meeting of the Clarkston City Council.
During the city council meeting, CAIR-GA outreach director Asma Elhuni argued in favor of a proposal designed to reassure Clarkston residents, many of whom are immigrants from Middle Eastern and African nations, including Somalia.
"We thank the City of Clarkston for creating a warm and welcoming environment for its residents, including immigrants who…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/20/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today delivered a self-defense training to students and staff at W.D. Mohammed High School. During the presentation, which was held on the eighteenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, CAIR-GA executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell walked the audience through how to handle an active shooter situation, offered tips on physical self-defense, and discussed building security.
"Given the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes, even Georgia's Islamic private schools should pray for the best and prepare for the worst," Mitchell said. "Every…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today visited Masjid Omar for a panel discussion about "Faith & Civil Engagement." During the last day of Masjid Omar's week-long "Muslim Legacy: Youth Seminar," Imam Abdullah Jaber hosted Imam Arshad Anwar of Roswell Community Masjid, Aisha Yaqoob, policy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia.
The speakers encouraged youth in the audience to pursue various methods of civic engagement, including political activisim, extracurricular activities, keeping track of the news,…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 4/6/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined the Southern Poverty Law Center to discuss issues related to hate crimes with law students at Georgia State University. CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell and Stephen Piggott, a senior research analyst with the Southern Poverty Law Center, discussed a recent spike in hate crimes targeting minority communities as well as potential solutions to the trend.
"A wave of poitical hate speech has escalated into an avalanche of violent hate crimes that threaten various communities, including American Muslims," Mitchell…Read more...