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(ATLANTA, GA - 1/25/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined a panel discussion hosted by civil rights attorneys with the Department of Education.
Alongside representatives of the Jewish and Sikh communities, CAIR-GA outlined problems confronting American Muslim school children, including bullying and inaction by some administrators.
"We thank the Department of Education for reminding Atlanta's faith commuities that the department is stil here, ready to protect the rights of students who should be able to go to school without fear of bullying or harassment," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA.
Other speakers at the event included Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta; Judy Marx, executive director of Interfaith Community Initiatives, and members of the Sikh Education Welfare Association (SEWA Georgia).
(MARIETTA, GA - 1/26/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today joined demonstrators in support of workers calling for better treatment at a Nissan factory.
"5,000 workers, 80% of them African-American, are organizing a union at the Nissan car plant in Canton, Mississippi," protest organizers said. "They experience dangerous working conditions, bullying by management, unfair treatment of temp workers and long hours. And when workers began organizing, Nissan threatened to close the plant."
CAIR-GA Community Outreach Director, Asma Elhuni, spoke in favor of workers at the protest, which was held in Marietta.
(ATLANTA, GA - 2/19/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic relations today announced that a sold-out crowd donated nearly $200,000 to support the civil rights organization at "Promoting Justice, Countering Bigotry," CAIR-GA's first major banquet. The Islamic Center of Middle Georgia in Warner Robins also held a weekend fundraiser for CAIR-GA, bringing the weekend total close to $300,000.
Full Video: CAIR Georgia's 2017 Banquet at The Westin Hotel
"We thank God for the support of our neighbors, especially faith leaders, local businesses, and our fellow civil rights groups," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA. "With this overwhelming support, we hope to expand our staff and establish a new office so that we can continue serving, protecting and advocating for Georgia Muslims."
(ATLANTA, GA - 2/12/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Asma Elhuni to serve as its Director of Community Outreach. Elhuni, a student and activist who also serves as a member of CAIR Georgia's Advisory Board of Directors, is the first of several new staffers CAIR Georgia hopes to hire in 2017.
"To call Asma a strong, passionate, and dedicated activist would be an understatement," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "She vocally stands up for the rights of various communities, including Georgia women, Latinos, and students. Asma has done all of this while pursuing her studies, serving as a legislative intern, and volunteering with CAIR Georgia. We thank God for the opportunity to finally make her an official part of our team as we work to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
(DUNWOODY, GA - 1/17/17) Please join CAIR Georgia for it its first major fundraising banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North Hotel in Dunwoody, God willing. You can support CAIR-GA's efforts to serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims by buying an early discounted ticket for $50. Your company, organization or house of worship can also sponsor a table for $500.
Our special guest speakers include activist Linda Sarsour, civil rights attorney Hassan Shibly, and Nihad Awad, founder and executive director of CAIR National. During the banquet, we hope to celebrate what CAIR Georgia accomplished in 2016 and raise enough funds to fulfill our goals for 2017.
(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...