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(ATHENS, GA - 9/3/17) On Sunday, September 3rd, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations visited the Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Athens, Georgia, for a presentation about the similarities and differences between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic new years, as well as a Q&A about issues related to Islam and the Muslim community.
"We thank the Athens' Unitarian Universalist community for working to build bridges with people of all faiths. Georgia Muslims can think of no better response to the world's religious conflict than visiting various houses of worship, greeting our neighbors, and directly issues that sometimes divide us," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-GA, which has delivered similar presentations other mosques and churches around the state. "Education is the best vaccine against discrimination."
(ATLANTA, GA - 8/1/17) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today announced that it has hired Murtaza Khwaja to serve as its new Staff Attorney starting August 1st.
As part of CAIR Georgia's legal team, Khwaja works to investigate incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination, educate Georgia Muslims about their legal rights, and counter Islamophobia in both the court of law and the court of public opinion.
"As a law student, a legal intern, and an activist, Murtaza has already made important contributions to civil rights in recent years," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We are excited to welcome this bright and driven young man to our team so that we can–God willing–better serve, protect and advocate for Georgia Muslims."
Khwaja received a B.A. in History and Political Science from Emory University, and a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, he interned with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, and spent a year working in the Capital Defenders Clinic, where he helped Georgia Capital Defender attorneys make argue for life sentences, rather than the death penality, at trial.
As a member of the Muslim Law Students Association at the GSU College of Law, Khwaja co-founded the Glitter of Hope Legal Clinic.
The clinic aimed to provide legal assistance and resources to the Clarkston refugee community, including Know Your Rights workshops.
(WASHINGTON, DC - 1/15/2018) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today marked Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday by delivering remarks at the MLK memorial in Washington, DC.
During the event, CAIR Georgia executive director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, communications director Ruwa Romman, as well as leaders from CAIR chapters across the country, gathered to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy, and its relevance to…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 1/10/18) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today thanked the City of Atlanta Detention Center for agreeing to permit inmates who cover their hair because of a sincerely held religious belief to do so while detained.
"We thank the City of Atlanta for agreeing to a policy that upholds religious freedom," said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR Georgia. "We also commend our former outreach director, Asma Elhuni who sparked the effort to change this policy when she bravely defended her constitutional rights."
Last year, Atlanta Police Department officers arrested Elhuni and…Read more...
(ATLANTA, GA - 12/29/2017) The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today responded to an anti-Muslim smear against the 23rd annual southeast convention hosted by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim American Society (MAS).
In a Dec. 28th letter to the editor published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mr. David Swindle of the hate site Islamist Watch attacked the convention with common Islamophobic claims, comparing its American Muslim organizers to white supremacists, and accusing the organizers of ties to the Taliban, among other false and bigoted claims.
In response, CAIR Georgia…Read more...